Hospitalist‐Led Research Mentorship Program: A Mutual Path for You and Your House Staff to Conduct Successful Research

1John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2011, May 10-13, Dallas, Texas.

Abstract number: 180


An untapped mutualism between house staff and hospitalists exists in academic teaching hospitals. On the one hand, many hospitalists struggle to conduct meaningful research without needed funding for research assistants. On the other hand, house staff program directors struggle to facilitate scholarly activity and thereby fulfill the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. Some hospitalists attempt to tap into this mutualism by mentoring house staff throughout all 4 phases of research implementation: preparation, data collection, synthesis, and presentation. Using this model, however, few hospitalists manage to successfully complete projects, and even fewer manage to publish them soon enough to help members of the house staff in their future career pursuits. Such limited success leads to reduced motivation for future mentorships.


The Hospitalist‐Led Research Mentorship Program (HRMP) was designed to promote early completion and presentation of house staff research projects.


We designed the HRMP for postgraduate year 1 internal medicine interns. Our primary goal was for participating hospitalists and interns to submit research abstracts as coauthors to the 2011 Society of Hospital Medicine meeting. Because the academic year began for interns in July 2010, the timeline to complete this goal was condensed to 5 months. Therefore, 2 hospitalist–principal investigators (PIs) worked independently of house staff before the academic year began to prepare research projects of their own design. By the beginning of the academic year, the preparation phase of each project had been completed, including the development of data collection instruments and approval by our hospital's institutional review board (IRB). The HRMP and the 2 prepared research projects were introduced at intern orientation, where interns who signed up for the HRMP were shepherded through IRB certification. Interns then met regularly with hospitalist‐PIs, and both projects were successfully submitted by the December 6, 2010, deadline. To make up for the missed experience of the research preparation phase, participating hospitalists with research training led 5 lectures on research methods. These lectures were mandatory for the participating interns but were open to all house staff.


Research mentorship of house staff provides hospitalists with high‐functioning research assistants who are capable of coauthorship. Indeed, interns who successfully complete our HRMP meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors authorship requirements. By limiting the expectation of the role of house staff to the latter phases of research implementation, a mentorship program like ours has the potential to achieve mutualism: both your goals and those of your house staff can be met.


A. Katz ‐ none; B. Lucas ‐ none; L. Verda ‐ none; B. Mba ‐ none; S. Mathew ‐none; J. Baru ‐ none; S. Tchernodrinski ‐ none

To cite this abstract:

Katz A, Lucas B, Verda L, Tchernodrinski S, Baru J, Mba B, Mathew S. Hospitalist‐Led Research Mentorship Program: A Mutual Path for You and Your House Staff to Conduct Successful Research. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2011, May 10-13, Dallas, Texas. Abstract 180. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2011; 6 (suppl 2). Accessed March 31, 2020.

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