The RRC residency requirements state: "The curriculum should include resident experience in scholarly activity prior to completion of the program. Some examples of suitable resident scholarly activities are the preparation of a scholarly paper such as a collective review or case report, active participation in a research project or formulation and implementation of an original research project. Residents must be taught an understanding of basic research methodologies, statistical analysis and critical analysis of current medical literature."
In addition to the RRC scholarly activity requirement, we believe that there are important skills emergency medicine residents should acquire during post-graduate training. These include tools for life-long learning, an understanding of how to use medical research and basic research concepts, an awareness of the importance of information management in healthcare, and the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills. EBM skills include formulating questions, searching for answers, critically analyzing research to weigh the evidence, and applying the evidence to the care of patients or populations. These skills are taught during clinical care at the bedside, in didactic sessions, through Journal Club, and during the completion of a scholarly project.