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Promoting Research in Medical Practice: Resident Managed Peer-Mentoring Program

Published:September 23, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.08.033
      We appreciate the interest of Valencia et al (

      Valencia VF, Valderrama BAP, Llinás JRO, Ortegón JDC. Promoting research in medical practice. What a challenge! Academic Radiology. 2022. Online ahead of Print.

      ) in our proposed model titled “Resident Managed Peer-Mentoring Program”: A Novel Way to Engage Medical Students and Radiology Residents in Collaborative Research (
      • Lakhani DA
      • Swaney KJ
      • Hogg JP.
      Resident managed peer-mentoring program”: a novel way to engage medical students and radiology residents in collaborative research.
      ). We agree that participation in research projects and scholarly activity is an extracurricular activity for residents and medical students. We also agree that exploration of a research question and hypothesis can be labor and time intensive, as is the process of submission to different journals. Involvement in research activity for trainees has several advantages such as gaining specialized knowledge, exposure to academic practices, learning the art of “critical thinking,” enhancing mentorship skills, and developing the mentor-mentee relationships (
      • Lakhani DA
      • Swaney KJ
      • Hogg JP.
      Resident managed peer-mentoring program”: a novel way to engage medical students and radiology residents in collaborative research.
      ,
      • Lakhani DA
      • Doo FX
      • Chung C.
      Developing a comprehensive resident-driven research training pathway: A chief resident's perspective.
      ) that are so important in cultivating academic community and participation. Efforts by faculty and resident research preceptors to raise awareness among medical students and residents about how research today shapes practice tomorrow can help instill interest and enthusiasm for research among novice investigators. In addition, learners who engage in research and publication can make their applications stand out compared to the general applicant pool when medical students apply for residency or residents apply for competitive fellowship positions. To answer the question specifically, we did not keep record of the time spent by medical students, residents, resident preceptors and faculty advisors in the academic year studied. All the time commitments were outside work hours, clinical commitments and strictly on a volunteer basis. We did not have a standard evaluation form for the participants enrolled with us. However, we did provide individualized feedback on a task-by-task basis to the participants and asked for their feedback and implemented changes as needed to make their experience better.
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      1. Valencia VF, Valderrama BAP, Llinás JRO, Ortegón JDC. Promoting research in medical practice. What a challenge! Academic Radiology. 2022. Online ahead of Print.

        • Lakhani DA
        • Swaney KJ
        • Hogg JP.
        Resident managed peer-mentoring program”: a novel way to engage medical students and radiology residents in collaborative research.
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        • Lakhani DA
        • Doo FX
        • Chung C.
        Developing a comprehensive resident-driven research training pathway: A chief resident's perspective.
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