- Written by Ethan Abbott
Welcome to Scholarly Activity
Why do we call it “scholarly activity” instead of just “research,” you say? That is because here at SBH we recognize that academic productivity is represented by much more than only experimental research.
Scholarly activity in our department encompasses a wide range of topics, from double-blind randomized controlled trials, to quality improvement projects and innovative educational interventions. All scholarly activity is overseen by the department’s Scholarly Activity Committee, consisting of both faculty and resident participation providing internal review and constructive feedback for all types of scholarly activity. The Scholarly Activity Committee aims to promote scholarly work with the SBH ED by pooling resources and centralizing support for ongoing projects.
Residents are required to participate in scholarly activity during their 4 years at SBH. The goal is to participate in the academic process through inquiry, investigation and, ultimately, publication in a peer-reviewed format. Residents can produce scholarly activity in any field of interest, and our Track system provides additional resources and support for scholarship.
Our classical experimental research currently involves a wide range of topics including faculty- and resident-led projects in substance abuse, double-blind treatment comparisons, population-based trauma studies, participation in national multi-center ultrasound research and laboratory reliability studies.
Our IRB process is supportive, with internal departmental review prior to IRB submission and a very high IRB approval rate for submitted projects.
Led by our residency program leadership, SBH is constantly innovating how we teach and train the next generation of emergency physicians. We regularly re-evaluate the efficacy of our education, performing educational research in addition to innovation.
The SBH ED has a robust and ongoing quality improvement system, with extensive faculty and resident participation in QI projects. Our projects follow the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) format, which is a well-validated mechanism for effecting lasting operational change.
The Department of Emergency Medicine additionally provides funds to support travel to conferences for presenters and free printing support for posters.