Training Overview: Scholarship

Our residents are encouraged take seriously their commitment of contributions to the science and science of education in medicine. Each resident participates in a 10-week course designed to introduce them to key concepts in and resources for research. Each resident designs a study, identifies a mentor, and is allowed 1-2 rotations for research activities. Residents are encouraged to contribute in ways that are meaningful to them as individuals, which may mean clinical, translational or basic science research projects, but may also mean curriculum development, review papers, medical education research, essay writing and more. 

A resident scholarship fund is available to support residents in presenting their work regionally, nationally and internationally. See accomplishments for a list of recent presentations.


We pride ourselves on identifying opportunities for research early in a resident’s career. See the recent scholarly booklet to view all of our resident’s research accomplishments.

Research for Resident Course

The series is conducted as a modified team-based learning (TBL) course. Each evening begins with a mini lecture on a topic, followed by group work focused on developing each trainee’s Capstone Project.


  • Registration through VCU using university e-services
  • Commitment from residency or fellowship Program Director to support trainee via protected time for the class
  • Textbook: Designing Clinical Research, 4th Edition, by Stephen Hulley, Steven Cummings, Warren Browner, Debroah Grady, Thomas Newman (purchased by residency/fellowship program or attendee)
  • Completion of CITI training (basic plus 1 additional module)
  • A final Capstone Project

2018 Topics Covered:

  • Choosing a Topic and Literature Search Strategies
  • Framing a Research Question
  • Study Design
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Integrity
  • The Institutional Review Board Process
  • Biomedical Informatics Resources
  • Managing Large Datasets
  • Survey Design

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