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Scholarly Development Program
for First, Second and Third Year Family Medicine Residents

The Scholarly Development Program is one in which residents will gain the experience, or enhance their experience, in some form of scholarly work. This program allows for considerable flexibility in residents’ choice of scholarly work, and will culminate in a scholarly product that includes both evaluation and presentation components, as is now required by the ACGME. The project does not have to be full-fledged research, but it must be scholarly. The project can be conducted individually or as a group effort with other residents. It can be created from scratch, though residents are encouraged to join ongoing faculty research projects, carving out a part of the project to focus on as their own work. Each project should have a faculty mentor selected for that person’s expertise in the project topic.

Areas of scholarly work will fall within one or more of the following categories:

  • Clinical: involving patients, patient care, patient care policies
  • Teaching: of residents, students, and/or patients
  • Advocacy: considered on a level outside of direct patient care, and broader than advocacy of individual patients
  • Community-based, public health: to include projects involving community residents, groups, or initiatives
  • Research: projects in this category may overlap with other categories, but will contain specific research components that other projects may lack
  • Creative: projects involving the arts in a scholarly exploration of such things as patient care, the experience and role of being a family physician, etc. Within this category might be reflective poems submitted to academic journals for publication; narrative writing or scholarly article submitted to an academic journal.

For residents to conduct a scholarly project during residency, and develop skills to conduct scholarly work in the future.

Residents will design and implement a scholarly project using scientific methods to evaluate its effectiveness.

For first year residents: A half day is reserved within each of three rotations (BH1, Pedi/ER, PCMH) to meet with faculty mentors, begin formulating a scholarly development project, and complete the online human subjects in research training.

For second year residents: This one month block in second year provides an intensive experience in scholarly development in 5 half days per week. Residents meet weekly with faculty mentors, finalize all preparation for implementing the project, submit an IRB application, and if timing allows, begin implementing their scholarly project.

For third year residents: In this year, residents receive group and individualized guidance regarding implementation and evaluation of their scholarly project, data collection and analysis, writing abstracts and creating professional presentation materials.


Questions? Please contact the Director of the Scholarly Development Program in the Brown University Family Medicine Residency, Roberta Goldman, Ph.D., at 401-729-2924 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .