Project Title: Things I Wish I Knew: Lessons Learned Attempting an IRB-Approved Research Project in a Community Hospital Setting Authors: Hailey Holland PGY3, Emily Parker PGY3, Emily Zerba PGY3, Sarah Liegl MD
Program: St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency
Abstract: An IRB-approved residency research project is a challenging endeavor, especially in a community-based program. Most family medicine residents don’t have an intimate understanding of the IRB process. Support systems at community programs may be unfamiliar with the approval process as well. The initial intent of our group’s research project was to study intrapartum OMT and perineal laceration outcomes. It took about 12 months from initial inquiry to receiving IRB approval. By the time our project was approved, our three researchers’ obstetrical rotations had passed and so had our opportunity to accrue a meaningful amount of data to fuel our project. There were many factors that lead to our project’s failure to launch. In an effort to encourage and enable residents to perform robust research projects, we would like to share our experience and give advice regarding IRB-approval with the participants of the Research Forum.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to… • By the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize the general steps in obtaining IRB approval for a research project. • By the end of this session, participants will demonstrate understanding of the overall time commitment for IRB approval needed before beginning a research project.
Category: Resident education/curriculum