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Scholarly Activity entails contribution to knowledge available to the discipline of Family Medicine and/or its subspecialty fellowship areas. The project does not have to be full-fledged research, but it must be scholarly (presented in public and peer reviewed). The project can be conducted individually or as a group effort with other residents. Full-fledged research can be created from scratch, though residents are encouraged to join ongoing faculty research projects, carving out a part of the project to focus on as their own work. Each project should have a faculty mentor selected for that person’s expertise in the project topic.


Areas of scholarly work can fall within one or more of the following categories:

  • Clinical: involving patients, patient care, patient care policies
  • Teaching: of residents, students, and/or patients
  • Advocacy: considered on a level outside of direct patient care, and broader than advocacy of individual patients
  • Community-based, public health: to include projects involving community residents, groups, or initiatives
  • Research: projects in this category may overlap with other categories, but will contain specific research components that other projects may lack
  • Creative: projects involving the arts in a scholarly exploration of such things as patient care, the experience and role of being a family physician, etc. Within this category might be narrative writing or scholarly article submitted to an academic journal for publication.


How do I turn my project or simply begin on Scholarly Work?


  1. Write about Process. Writing manuscripts about the process of developing and sustaining partnerships and community work is very important since, as one faculty put it, you "can't wait until all the data comes in." This can include descriptive articles about:


    1. Ethical challenges and issues
    2. How the project developed and was implemented.
    3. Community perspectives on community-based participatory research or service learning
    4. Reflective or critical thinking monographs


  1. Innovation. Are you trying a new and innovative idea or solution to a problem? Ensure to include the following information!


    1. Clear and thorough description of the problem
    2. Statement indicating if the problem generalizes to others
    3. Key issues of stakeholders are stated
    4. Delineation of the array of potential solutions
    5. Details as to why a particular solution selected/developed
    6. Implementation of a particular solution developed
    7.  Critical analysis of the quality of the innovative solution
    8.  Assessment of innovations potential influence on field
    9.  Degree innovation is sustained


  1. Curriculum Development. Describing a new curriculum is a terrific way to share information with other educators! (Adopted from: (Kanter, S L. (2008). Toward better descriptions of innovations. Academic Medicine, 83(8), 703-4.) The format should follow this outline:


  • Introduction
    • National importance of topic; need; efforts by others; local context


  • Development process
    • Decisions about topics and structure


  • Curriculum
    • Overview; topics; teaching and learning strategies; evaluation


  • Results
    • When and how curriculum implemented, learner evaluation data, other curriculum evaluation data


  • Discussion
    • Results; revisions; suggestions for others and lessons learned 


     4.  Research. Developing a research question, designing the research appropriately and publishing the results is a scholarly undertaking that is doesn't have to be daunting!  For information on designing research in medical education and a basic understanding of some common research terminology - read this article Developing scholarly projects in education a primer for medical teachers.pdf


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