Facilitating Research: With or Without an R25*

Date/Time: Monday, September 11, 2023 - 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Track: Program Director Track
Room: Franklin Hall 13 (4th Floor)
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Chair: Elisabeth B. Marsh, MD, FAHA, FANA, FAAN

Co-Chair: Raymond S. Price, MD, FANA

This workshop will focus on the challenges of supporting a research presence for trainees during a busy clinical residency program. How do we keep mentees and their mentors engaged during time outside the lab and balance research time with the need for robust clinical training? Speakers will discuss the benefits and limitations of front-loaded programs versus having research electives spread throughout all years of residency, as well as the challenges that come when there is a gap in research time for young physician-scientists while clinical training is the top priority. We will discuss the current and future impact of ACGME requirements and the R25 program on program structure and design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Following this session, the learner will be able to describe strategies for facilitating research over the course of residency after listening to a variety of programs with or without R25 programs.

  • Following this session, the learner will have knowledge of the basic program structures that allow a trainee to conduct research during residency while remaining compliant with ACGME requirements and be able to discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks to each.


Successful Program Structures

Speaker: Elisabeth B. Marsh, MD, FAHA, FANA, FAAN

It is challenging to provide sufficient research time and mentorship for future physician-scientists while ensuring that their clinical training is optimized. In this lecture we will discuss the pros and cons of various program structures that may help to facilitate and achieve the necessary balance, whether or not programs are involved in the NIH's R25 Program.

Minding the Gaps

Speaker: S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD, FANA

A defining feature of the physician-scientist training track is in the gaps in research training and experience. These gaps occur between research experience in medical school (PhD component of the MD/PhD program or other research experience) and research in residency, and between blocks of research in residency and fellowship. These gaps have the potential to disrupt a smooth development from research hypothesis to data to grant application and career launch. However, these are usually hard-wired and important, as they reflect clinical training blocks that are integral to the clinical side of the physician-scientist career. This session will discuss how to plan for research career development with scientific training gaps in the physician-scientist career.

Understanding the Value of the R25 and Research for the Resident and Institution

Speaker: Argye Hillis, MD, MA, FANA

I will discuss the essential components of the R25 that help neurology residents to become independent scientists. The components include protected research time, resources (equipment, access to patients or databases, etc), mentoring, teaching, sponsoring, and opportunities to disseminate research and learn about ongoing research of others. I will discuss the value of these components not only to those funded by the R25 but also to the neurology program as a whole and the institution.

The Impact of ACGME Requirements 

Speaker: Jeffrey Ratliff, MD

A discussion on the impact of ACGME training requirements on resident scholarly and research activity in neurology residency in the presence of or absence of an R25 program.