There are many benefits to residents being involved in research projects during their training. These include improvement in patient care, positive influence in pursuing a career in academics, and an enhancement of their application for fellowships. In addition, for those residents entering subspecialty training, gaining knowledge and experience in participating in a research project will better prepare them for the mandatory research component of all fellowships. For these reasons, our residents are encouraged to engage in research activities during their training. Research projects mandate a significant time commitment therefore we have created a Research Rotation to allow dedicated time to initiate or complete an ongoing project. The overall goal of this rotation is to introduce the resident to scientific research by actively participating in an ongoing research project or initiating an original project with the mentoring of a faculty member. Residents work with a faculty mentor and develop specific objectives for the rotation.
There are many opportunities for residents to present their scholarly work at local, regional and national meetings. The most popular meetings that our residents have participated include:
1. Southern Society of Pediatric Research
2. LSU Department of Pediatrics Research Day
3. LSUHSC Forum for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
4. Louisiana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics