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As the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) moved to the Next Accreditation System, the emphasis on scholarship increased substantially for trainees as well as faculty. Citations reflecting this new emphasis have become more common. In this article, the authors provide a systematic approach to increase resident participation in scholarly activities.
The barriers associated with implementing requirements for scholarly activities have been identified as lack of time, lack of research facilities, lack of mentors, lack of funding and interest among the faculty. 1 2
Review of the literature evaluating interventions to increase resident scholarly activity in training programs, demonstrated that effective interventions included protected research time, research curricula, research directors, dedicated research days and research tracks.3
Combining or bundling interventions appeared to be most successful in attaining the desired outcomes—suggesting that programs may need to provide both increased structure and rigor through multiple pathways.3 While the findings from the literature demonstrate that increases in scholarly activities are attainable through a variety of interventions, there is little guidance provided on how to be successful.2–4
We propose short-term and long-term strategies that can be replicated by other programme directors.
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Contributors All authors have contributed toward the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
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