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The research rotation: competency-based structured and novel approach to research training of internal medicine residents

Balavenkatesh Kanna1*, Changchun Deng1, Savil N Erickson2, Jose A Valerio2, Vihren Dimitrov1 and Anita Soni1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, New York, USA, Affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York , USA

2 Research Assistant Program of the Graduate Medical Education Office, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, New York, USA, Affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA

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BMC Medical Education 2006, 6:52  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-6-52

Published: 17 October 2006



In the United States, the Accreditation Council of graduate medical education (ACGME) requires all accredited Internal medicine residency training programs to facilitate resident scholarly activities. However, clinical experience and medical education still remain the main focus of graduate medical education in many Internal Medicine (IM) residency-training programs. Left to design the structure, process and outcome evaluation of the ACGME research requirement, residency-training programs are faced with numerous barriers. Many residency programs report having been cited by the ACGME residency review committee in IM for lack of scholarly activity by residents.


We would like to share our experience at Lincoln Hospital, an affiliate of Weill Medical College Cornell University New York, in designing and implementing a successful structured research curriculum based on ACGME competencies taught during a dedicated "research rotation".


Since the inception of the research rotation in 2004, participation of our residents among scholarly activities has substantially increased. Our residents increasingly believe and appreciate that research is an integral component of residency training and essential for practice of medicine.


Internal medicine residents' outlook in research can be significantly improved using a research curriculum offered through a structured and dedicated research rotation. This is exemplified by the improvement noted in resident satisfaction, their participation in scholarly activities and resident research outcomes since the inception of the research rotation in our internal medicine training program.