Department of Medicine Resident Research FairPublished Wed Oct 5th 2016
The Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program & Department of Medicine teamed up to host the Resident Research Fair on September 27, 2016 in the Biosciences Atrium.
The event was held in response to needs identified by resident leadership earlier this year, with the goal of improved research connections and collaboration between residents and faculty through networking, sharing best practices for new residents’ approach to research, and highlighting research opportunities for residents within the Divisions.
Throughout the evening there were presentations by faculty and residents, each sharing their own perspective and approach to research. The residents (Dr. Sahil Koppikar, Dr. Adam Fundytus, Dr. Kerry Lake and Dr. Jamil Ladha) each presented their pearls of wisdom on how they selected their research project, and provided helpful tips for newcomers to research. Some take aways from the presentations included the importance of finding the right faculty mentor that suits your style, searching for a research project that you are passionate about, and finally, the importance of being prepared in advance of your research block. Many of the tips and tools for success shared in the talks were echoed in the Resident Research Guide, which was prepared by the event’s resident advisors Drs. Sahil Koppikar, Stefan Edginton and Ping Yu Xiong.
Faculty members Dr. David Taylor and Dr. Amer Johri discussed their own personal journey with research in their careers, providing some insight on how to face obstacles with research grants, and how with perseverance and dedication you can succeed in medical research.
The remainder of the evening was dedicated to casual discussions between faculty and residents at the divisional research booths. Each Division was represented by at least one member of faculty, allowing the residents to discuss ongoing research opportunities. There were examples of research posters, as well as a collection of current opportunities within each Division. Since the retreat several residents have approached faculty members and have been assigned to research projects, a testament to the success of the event.
The Department of Medicine looks forward to hosting the event next year, and building upon this success.