Research

“Research- the best part of residency!” is what you’ll often hear from our enthusiastic research director.

As Orlando’s only University based EM residency, our program places a strong emphasis on focused inquiry and scholarly writing. All residents are expected to present a poster at the ACEP Research Forum, SAEM or AAEM annual meetings and publish a paper in a Pubmed-indexed journal before graduation. To facilitate this, a robust didactic clinical research curriculum consisting of 15 sessions repeated once is in place, and covers everything from study design to statistics to publication. The requirement for resident scholarly activity can be found here.

Residents have access to a host of resources to facilitate their scholarly endeavors including:

  • The Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library at UCFCOM, a library for the 21st Century. It is near 100% electronic and its mission is to provide information anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Onsite Research Coordinator
  • Access to a biostatistician
  • Equipment as needed by prior agreement
  • Seed funding for resident research

Our faculty work with the IRB and serve on various journal editorial boards. Opportunity to mentor junior medical students in their required research projects is also available, as is a research elective. In addition, we host the Distinguished Visiting Research Professor Program (DVRP) is to bring to the department an exceptional senior scholar who can contribute to and enrich the department’s research and intellectual endeavors.

The department currently has active research in the areas of:

  • Neurologic emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Medical education
  • Resource utilization in the ED
  • ED operations research

Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement is an essential aspect of safe medical care. Osceola Regional Medical Center and University of Central Florida College of Medicine have strong departments of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. Processes within the ED and within the hospital are constantly being monitored and maintained from a quality perspective. Residents will be encouraged to think of the Emergency Department as one part of the system of a hospital and will be required to participate in a QI project during the 3-year program.