Pain Management Research Question

Discussion in 'Pain Medicine' started by mja75, 09.22.14.

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  1. mja75

    mja75 2+ Year Member

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    Hello guys, what type of research is recommended as a resident to be a competitive fellowship applicant? Retrospective studies, case reports, chart reviews? Thanks in advance for your input.
     
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    SpineBound Large Member 7+ Year Member

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    Do something related to pain that you are interested in. Something that is interesting to other pain physicians is of more value in this regard. The more impressive your research the better. A case report is < chart review or retrospcective study < randomized controlled prospective study.
     
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    case reports that you present at a major conference might be the minimum, id say.

    studies are much better tho, and more valuable are randomized controlled prospective, double blind - the works.
     
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    or a triple blind study
     
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    mja75 2+ Year Member

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    Greatly appreciate the advice
     
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    Cmon oreosnsake. Speak up. For a fellow im sure youve got your name on at least 20 projects.
     
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    case reports are easy to write if you have a truly interesting case, and someone always needs a book chapter to be written for them. you should ask your attendings if they need help with anything. these are low hanging fruit. systematic reviews are a reasonable thing to get done as a resident as well. you will need to find a topic no one else has tried to summarize yet. that isn't as easy

    you can try to get involved in a prospective RCT if your attending has one going. you will need faculty PI to get through your IRB. how far you get with this in the short fixed time span you likely have will depend on the challenges with funding, IRB, and amount of RAs you have on board. MOST folks I meet don't really care to do these things. they are typically lacking in the skillset for research, time, or patience. If you are trying to do research out of interest then you may find it rewarding. if you are trying to beef up your CV to get a fellowship spot... it may not be necessary. I have met pain fellows that did zero research and obtained positions.
     
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    Ducttape SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor 5+ Year Member

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    you also may not get anything at all published in the short 3 years of residency. my experience is, then, that you will have to do some other presentation to fill criteria, such as presenting at Grand Rounds.

    imo, if one does not get started on research by the beginning of the 2nd year, then its probably best to not do so. focus on retrospective studies and consider presenting at local Grand Rounds or submitting it for a poster at one of the major conferences.

    or do a case report and present that at a conference.
     

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