A vital part of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) research program is development of a high quality research experience for residents in The University of Arizona’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program. As part of this commitment, the Center, in collaboration with the Department’s Academic Division, deconstructed the previous resident research experience and created an innovative approach. This program is outlined in more detail in the Information Mastery section. Additional information can be obtained by reviewing the achieved newsletters on this site or by contacting the AEMRC office.
The Information Mastery program is a novel, integrated curriculum developed in The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine. It comprises three complementary tracks: Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), Scholar Quest, and Journal Club.
The focus of the EBM track is on development of skills needed to seek out clinically relevant research and integration of best evidence with clinical expertise. Scholar Quest provides instruction in basic research skills as well as the opportunity to develop and complete a resident-driven, clinical research project. Journal Club serves as a forum for discussion of Emergency Medicine literature and for reinforcing skills learned in both the Scholar Quest and EBM tracks. The goals of the IM program are three-fold:
Although the program is still in its infancy, it has had many successes. One resident has graduated using his Scholar Quest project to fulfill the residency’s scholarly work requirement. Four residents gave oral presentations of their projects at the 2008 Western Region Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Conference.
And, the AEMRC is proud to announce that one of the projects was presented at the 2007 National Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Conference.