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Scholarly activity has become increasingly emphasized by the ACGME, and programs can be cited for limited or no resident or faculty scholarly activity (Carek et al. 2011). Most residents will engage in some type of scholarly work or experience during residency, which may include clinical or translational research, attending conferences, presentations at meetings, publishing in peer reviewed journals or medical forums and social media. However with significant clinical demands, especially as an intern, time for scholarly pursuits can be limited.

Rivera et al in 2005 found that of residents who successfully presented at national meetings or published their research, the most common barriers were insufficient time (79%), inadequate research skills (45%), and lack of a research curriculum (44%). Sixty-nine percent of residents thought research should be a residency requirement.

For those who continue to conduct clinical research during intern year, where do you find pockets of time (which rotations, time of day, days off) and what types of projects do you look for?

Rivera JA, Levine RB, Wright SM. Completing a scholarly project during residency training. Journal of general internal medicine. 2005 Apr 1;20(4):366-9.

Carek PJ, Dickerson LM, Diaz VA, Steyer TE. Addressing the scholarly activity requirements for residents: one program's solution. Journal of graduate medical education. 2011 Sep;3(3):379-82