Research and Scholarly Activity

Required Training 

All residents must maintain current CITI certification and complete HIPAA for Researchers to participate in research. The SJMC residency program requires residents to complete all 12 research modules of Collaborative Approach to Research Education (CARE) Training. The timeline for completion is at the discretion of the Program Director in conjunction with and under mentorship of the Research Director.

Completion of a scholarly project is a graduation requirement mandated by the RRC for EM.
The overall suggested timeline for completion of the scholarly project:

  • June PGY-1: Have on paper at least one idea and identify a Research Mentor

  • January PGY-2: Have literature search completed, bibliography submitted, have study design completed

  • June PGY-2: Have IRB submitted, have plans made for data collection

  • January PGY-3: Have analysis done, pending completion of the abstract

  • Early May PGY-3: Have title of project submitted to Residency Coordinator for inclusion into the graduation invitations

  • Early June PGY-3: Have abstract completed; completion of either manuscript of “publishable quality” or public oral presentation on topic at research or EM conference forum required prior to completion of residency.

  • Week before Research Day PGY-3: Have presentation completed and submitted to the program coordinator.  

Projects are set by the resident and agreed upon by the Research Mentor and approved by the Program Director. Resident must keep in mind this scholarly project is a three-year process. Residents will add tailored events to the suggested timeline listed above. Residents are encouraged to complete tasks early and provide a buffer for unexpected events. 

The scholarly project is completed independent of shift responsibilities. When scheduling events related to scholarly projects, residents must adhere to the ACGME duty hour requirements.  Residents are encouraged to seek assistance from their Research Mentor, the Program Director, or other faculty members and mentors as needed.  

Deliverables for Scholarly Work

  • Publications: PubMed ID and copy of article
  • Presentations/Posters/Abstracts: abstract accepted for presentation, poster accepted for presentation, letter stating the abstract/poster has been accepted for presentation
  • QI Project: materials presented to committee and all applicable QI Forms
  • Research Project: unpublished manuscript of publishable quality

Ownership of Intellectual Property

Data, programs and devices generated by research projects within SJMC residency programs and any analyses conducted on such data remains the property of St Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health unless other arrangements are agreed to in writing. The Principle Investigator (PI) is the steward of that data and takes responsibility for the collection, recording, storage, dissemination, retention, and disposal of data. No intellectual property should be submitted for presentation or publication without the expressed permission of the Institutional Research Director and/or the Publications and Research Oversight Committee. 


The PI of a research project is the research project team leader and is responsible for the research project direction. The PI is the researcher who manages the project, prepares the IRB proposal, and is responsible for the ethical conduct of the project and co-investigators. Residents who take on the responsibility of a PI must identify a faculty advisor. If there are three or more co-investigators, then an authorship agreement needs to be submitted to the Research Director, prior to the internal review of the manuscript, detailing the responsibilities of each co-investigator and the PI.

The Research Director grants major project credit to the resident(s) based on work total contributed to the project. Only upon successful completion of the internal review process and approval by the Research Director may the resident PI submit the manuscript for publication. However, if six months after the resident is granted major project credit, a manuscript is not submitted for publication, the SJMC Residency assumes responsibility for the resident’s portion of work on the study. The residency may consult with the other study investigators toward assigning additional investigators or changing authorship order as necessary to complete the manuscript submission process.