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Scholarly Activity and Community Engagement: Main Page

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Population Health and Scholarship


The Curriculum

We require both a community engagement project/participation, and scholarly activity.  We have redesigned the curriculum this year to focus on reviewing the principles of CBPR during PHS Block 1, and residents will be able to choose from projects of current need led by our Community Partners in the area. We are hopeful that this will allow residents to use their community engagement as the basis for one of their required scholarly activities during the PHS block time if possible, so that residents will be able to complete the requirement and then engage in other interest area projects with the remaining time in residency (without having to be worried about finishing a graduation requirement!). Though matching projects with individual interests doesn't always work- we want to encourage participation in community engagement and the group work process.  


Please use the emailed link from Dr. McClain for the PHS Block shared drive, the current version of the block schedule, and your Deliverables folder.


PHS Block Faculty:

Dr. Laura Chanchien Parajon

Dr. Molly McClain

Dr. Kathy Chang


2022 Updated Projects Files:


Evidence-based Medicine: review of key concepts PPT

The ACGME guidelines for scholarly activity in Family Medicine can be found here. 



General Scholarly Project Timeline: 


- February: Community engagement project collaboration with CBPR principles

- February: Split into community partner groups and develop Scholarly Project proposal, complete literature review and partner tasks based on project needs

- March-July: If also planning independent Scholarly Project, begin draft IRB proposal and schedule partner meetings/work for August



- August: Check in with project mentor/community partner leads/workgroup and complete projects as outlined

- (For any independent projects: Submit IRB for any independent Scholarly Projects if not already done, begin data collection/intervention when approved, check in with project mentor)

- December/January: Check in with project mentor, create poster 

- February: Present completed or "work in progress" at the NMAFP Winter Refresher Poster session



- July/August: If not already done with project, check in with project mentor, clarify achievable goals for project

- December/January: If not already done with project, check in with project mentor, wrap up project, consider transitioning project to interns/other residents if ongoing

- June: Present final project as poster or presentation at UNM DFCM Scholar's Day



Examples of UNM Family Medicine Resident Scholarly Projects


Family Medicine faculty research projects are listed here.




Consider presenting scholarly project at the STFM Spring conference or other local/regional/national/international conferences.  

Conference suggestions and tips on preparing a poster: Conference and Presentation Opportunities


Community Engagement is important for population health, and something we value highly in our department. It is a process of involving community members in designing, implementing, and evaluating solutions to problematic conditions they are affected by. This partnership makes use of a community's own resources and strengths. Such engagement or participation should stem from the needs and desires of the community.

For our purposes, community engagement can also be more loosely defined as our efforts to improve the health of our patients that occur outside the boundaries of our usual clinical work. The community itself can even be considered broadly: from the communities of our continuity clinics to communities of our patients that we work with elsewhere (i.e. our hospital services). 


Scholarly Activity entails contribution to knowledge available to the discipline of family medicine and/or its subspecialty fellowship areas.  


The ACGME guidelines for scholarly activity in Family Medicine can be found here.


Tips for designing a scholarly project: Developing scholarly projects in education a primer for medical teachers.pdf




Old calendars: 


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