role of the Research Department is to promote and conduct medical
research and provide support for the research activities of the medical
faculty and resident physicians. We
assist the faculty and residents in using evidence from scientific
studies, applying research and statistical methods, and presenting and
publishing original research findings.
An additional key role is to support curriculum development and
assessment of competency-based residency education.
Department staff work with the four NHRMC residency program areas (Internal
and Obstetrics &
Gynecology) and the Neonatology
researchers are dedicated to specific program areas and work with
residents to define research questions, plan and conduct studies, and
analyze and report findings. Many of the residents go on to present
their study findings at medical conferences around the country. Every
year several residents prepare their findings and submit them for
publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Research Department assists the NHRMC research community in protecting
the rights of human participants in research by complying with the
procedures of the NHRMC Institutional Review Board.
Applications and annual reports to the IRB are prepared and
submitted with the assistance of the research staff.
Research Department actively solicits research grants that support the
interests of faculty and residents. Currently
we are working with two projects:
the Best, a health literacy curriculum supported by the March of
Dimes, and Improving Cancer Outcomes for African-Americans, a
collaborative project with NHRMC, UNC-CH, and UNCW, funded by the
National Cancer Institute.
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
established educational goals for resident education. The ACGME
Outcome Project is a long-term initiative that emphasizes educational
outcomes in the accreditation of residency education programs.
The general competencies established for residents are Patient Care,
Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement,
Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and
Systems-based Practice. Members of the Research Department
assist in the development, administration, and interpretation of
assessments of resident competence.