Mid-career research training for the generalist physician: Case study of a balancing act

Donald A. Brand, Patricia A. Patrick, Martha S. Grayson

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Background: Although generalist physician faculty typically lack the skills needed to conduct research, few medical schools offer on-site faculty development programs that teach research skills. Description: To address this dilemma, our medical school introduced a part-time Primary Care Research Fellowship offering full-day classes once a week over 10 months. Evaluation: We asked the 22 general internists, general pediatricians, and family physicians who participated in the program to rate their experience, and we measured their research productivity during the 3 years before and 3 years after completing the program, using a group of matched controls for comparison. Participants rated the program highly and increased their aggregate research productivity from 1 publication before completing the program to 6 publications afterward, although this increase did not reach statistical significance (p =.09). Controls exhibited substantially higher baseline productivity than fellows (10 publications vs. 1 publication, p =.03), but controls' productivity changed little between the first and second measurement periods (10 and 7 publications, respectively). Conclusion: Our mid-career research training program enabled primary care academic faculty to gain confidence in their ability to conduct a scientific study with minimal disruption to their teaching and clinical activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Mid-career research training for the generalist physician : Case study of a balancing act. / Brand, Donald A.; Patrick, Patricia A.; Grayson, Martha S.

In: Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 2, 04.2008, p. 180-185.

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Brand, Donald A. ; Patrick, Patricia A. ; Grayson, Martha S. / Mid-career research training for the generalist physician : Case study of a balancing act. In: Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 180-185.
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