Research & Scholarly Activity

The goals of the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Department of Emergency Medicine are to improve clinical care by conducting research at the intersection of academic and community medicine and to develop scientifically literate emergency physicians by providing an opportunity to work with productive academic emergency physicians. Our areas of expertise include medical education and simulation.

ACGME Requirement: The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education requires each physician in graduate medical education to complete a research project with academic merit. Examples of projects include case reports, systematic reviews, or clinical research. Residents may start their own projects or join an ongoing project. This decision is made in concert with the resident’s mentor and research faculty.

During the PGY-1 year, the resident identifies an area of interest through increasingly clinical exposure and quarterly attendance at research meetings. During the PGY-2 year, the resident completes a two-week RAMER (Research And Medical Education Rotation). The RAMER exposes the resident to the basics of how to teach medical students and interns and provides protected time for the resident to bring his or her interest into focus. During the RAMER, the resident coheres his or her thoughts into a Specific Aims page that serves as an organizing document for the research. Protected time is also given to complete the components of responsible conduct in research (RCR) training, such as CITI modules that are integral to obtaining IRB approval and conducting the research.

Projects are reviewed at the monthly EM Research meeting. NewYork-Presbyterian Queens utilizes a structured point system that assigns numerical points to each project and type and scholarly activity. Residents must accumulate 100 points to satisfy their research requirement.

Support: The Emergency Department has departmental and hospital funding, statistical data analysis, and data visualization software. The department additionally has standing relationships with biostatisticians, consultant availability, and access to volunteer research associates to assist in data collection and entry. The department will fund presentation of a resident’s work at a regional or national conference. Beyond the resources of the Emergency Department, all NewYork-Presbyterian Queens residents benefit from access to the Theresa Lang Center for Research, which provides support for IRB applications, review of study design, and statistical analysis.

Journal Club: We conduct monthly internal and external journal club sessions. A core faculty member and a chief resident or RAMER resident lead each session. Each session typically covers 2-3 thematically related articles. The discussion of scientific articles is important in learning how to appraise the literature and integrate it with the realities of clinical medicine in a specific region.

Research Lecture Series: Our research director, Zuhair Ali, MD, organizes a bimonthly lecture series to present and review core concepts in clinical research, including experimental design, epidemiology, and statistics. Research lectures typically follow the monthly research meeting.