In 2014 the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) along with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) agreed to form a single accreditation system in the United States. The importance of increasing scholarly activity has been highlighted among AOA-focused residency programs to ensure a smooth transition to a single accreditation system. The Scholar 7 program was developed to enable AOA-focused training programs in need of increasing the scholarly work for their faculty members and residents in order to reach these requirements by creating a self-replicating scholarly culture in a timely and cost efficient manner.
Materials and Methods:
A series of seven two-hour workshops were created to aid faculty and residents remove misconceptions/barriers and sharpen universal proficiencies needed in the pursuit of scholarly work. These skills were taught by means of preparation and submission of an institutional review board (IRB) manuscript along with grant proposals. Scholarly work, IRB submissions – approval/waivers and grants awarded to participants during the post-graduate year (PGY) 2015-2016 were tracked. The results were compared in a post-hoc fashion to previous FGY classes since 2007-2008 within the same hospital system.
All faculty involved earned their required pursuit of scholarly work in 8 months regardless if an IRB manuscript was submitted. All groups that completed the seven workshops submitted IRB manuscripts and were given approvals or granted waivers needed to start their original research projects. Grant funding in community hospitals system doubled from previous years. The total number of presentations given during the University Hospitals Regional Hospitals annual research symposium increased by it’s greatest degree since its first year.
The Scholar 7 program successfully aided faculty in achieving their pursuit of scholarly work. Completing the seven work-shops ensured participants of a research project in only 8 month. If the Scholar 7 program is correctly implemented, then the current AOA-focused residency programs that are transitioning into a single graduate medical education accreditation system will readily meet all the ACGME requirements in the near future.