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Scholarly Tracks

Overview/Mission

Residents have a variety of interests as they enter their graduate training, but often do not have a clear sense of how to investigate, explore and cultivate them further. Additionally, as a four-year program we recognize the need to differentiate ourselves and provide a “value-added” service to our residents.

Beginning Fall 2016, the Rutgers NJMS EM residency will be offering a Scholarly Track program. Each track focuses on the resident developing a specialized skillset or “niche” within Emergency Medicine. The track program timeline is divided into two main components, exploratory and immersion.

By developing an academic niche during residency, our residents can choose any career path at graduation. Whether it be in an academic fellowship, joining academic faculty, or community medicine, our tracks help ensure that our graduating Rutgers EM residents are highly competitive and marketable.

Timeline

Exploratory Phase (EM-1&2):

During their first and second year, residents will rotate through different tracks quarterly (3-month blocks) to gain exposure to the variety of options. Faculty track leaders will lead residents through various activities to allow for an overview of the field as they deem appropriate.

Immersion Phase (EM-3&4):

At the end of their second year, residents will apply to and enter a specific track, or create a hybrid track (subject to PD approval). At least one faculty member in each track will oversee the resident’s continued development through a more focused didactic and clinical experience over the third and fourth years.

Residents that have a clear commitment to a specific track prior to their EM-3 year may enter the Immersion Phase at an earlier stage (subject to PD approval).

During fourth year, if a resident has shown an especially remarkable dedication to a particular track, faculty can name them as a fourth-year Resident Track Leader that can lead in exploratory activities with juniors or other actions on that track.

Scholarly Tracks- Mentors

* Administration - Sugalski/Rosania

* Community & Urban Health - Shahidi, Sule, Warren

* Global Health – Black, Dixon, Moffett, Sule

* Education (GME & UME) - Lamba, Ostrovsky, Ripper, Sanchez, Sule

* Pediatric EM – Kondamudi, Sinha

* Toxicology - Calello, Nelson

* Palliative Care/ Humanities - Lamba, Goett

Track Activities

Track activities will include, but not be limited to:

* Regular Scholarly Track group meetings (didactics, journal clubs, etc.), including quarterly in residency conferences

* Relevant committee or administrative meetings

* Attend local, regional, or national conferences or seminars (subject to availability of funding)

* Staff off-site activities or mass events

* Clinical rotations when relevant

* Auditing courses within Rutgers University

* Elective/Scholarly Track rotations may be used towards focused goals within the track (subject to approval of track mentor and PD)

Deliverables

* At the end of EM-2 year the resident will be required to submit a formal application for entry to a specific track (or requesting approval for creation of a hybrid track). This application must outline at minimum the resident's interest in the area, and focused goals/projects to be achieved over the Immersion Phase.

* At the end of EM-4 year the resident will be required to submit a short write-up or prepare a presentation highlighting activities and achievements related to their Scholarly Track participation. This will be shared with the residency at an annual Education & Research Symposium hosted locally by the residency.