Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Defining scholarly activity in residency remains elusive
Though required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for all specialties, defining scholarly activity such that it is relevant to graduate medical education remains an elusive task.
There is currently no uniform definition used by all Residency Review Committees (RRCs), and only six of the 27 RRCs have a rubric to evaluate scholarly activity. Meanwhile, citations for scholarly activity remain high—403, or 6.5 percent of all citations last year alone.
Recognizing the dilemma faced by many programs, the Council of Review Committee Residents recently set out to make a useful and accessible definition with a proposed rubric to enable a more objective evaluation of all residency programs. Their results were published in the December issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.
The council borrowed from American educator Earnest L. Boyer's work, which laid out four components of scholarship: discovery, integration, application and teaching. They believe residents should be involved in each component during their training, and offer examples of how residents could meet them.
For example, a published paper would count as discovery scholarship, while participation in professional societies would gain a resident credit for application scholarship. The council believes their baseline rubric would allow RRCs to evaluate program scholarship more objectively and offer residents a more clear grasp of how they might want to proceed with scholarship later in their careers.
AMA leadership opportunities offer ways to get involved
Residents and fellows have several ways through the AMA to become a leader and get more involved in organized medicine. Represent your colleagues on one of the following AMA councils and committees, all of which have open seats that will be filled this year:
- AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Governing Council
- AMA Council on Legislation
- AMA Council on Medical Service
- AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
- Resident position on ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine
Visit the AMA-RFS Web site to learn more about these opportunities and to access applications for each.