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Resident Orientation
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Subject Guide Author

Zsuzsanna Nemeth

Resident Scholarly Activity Program (RSAP)
Finding Your Research Idea
You need to identify a research idea or problem that warrants investigation before you start a research project. You may encounter research problems in various ways:
  • a specific patient's need;
  • a clinical problem;
  • your own interest;
  • suggestions by your colleague/attending/preceptor/mentor;
  • discussion sections in research reports that discuss research limitations, potential problems and questions, and recommendations for further research.
When choosing a research problem to investigate consider the following:
  • Is the research problem clearly defined?
  • Is the research problem important?
  • Is the research problem significant?
  • Is the research problem ethical? 
  • Is the research problem testable with empirical, data-based methods?
  • Do you have the resources and expertise necessary to investigate the problem?
  • Is the research problem related to your professional goals?
Once you identify your research topic, you need to conduct a thorough literature review to answer the following questions:
  • Has any research on the problem been previously conducted?
  • What can your study contribute to what is already been known?
  • What can your study contribute to scholarship or the knowledge base in your field?
  • Are there more important problems?
It is very important to identify appropriate resources and develop skills in searching literature for any information or previous research on a specific topic.
 
Citation Managers
CARE Guidelines for Clinical Case Reports
Journal Articles on Writing Case Reports
Journals Publishing Case Reports
Finding Publishing Options
Open Access Journals
SAMPL guidelines
The SAMPL guidelines are a useful succinct tool for authors of biomedical research papers, journal editors and peer reviewers.
Writing Center
Beginning August 31, 2016, a writing center coach will be available in Dominion Towers:
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Appointments can be made by contacting Eliana Dominguez at edominguez3@med.miami.edu.
Grant Writing Support
The Miami CTSI offers several opportunities to assist and mentor faculty and junior faculty investigators through key stages of the grant writing process. Fill out the online request form and the CTSI faculty will direct you to a service that best fits your needs.
Books

Huth, Edward J. Writing and Publishing in Medicine. Third ed. 1999. Print.


Browner, Warren S., Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research. Second ed. 2006. Web.


Matthews, J., Bowen, J., & Matthews, Robert W. (2000). Successful scientific writing : A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences (Second ed.).
USMLE Practice Exams
Case Files in Access Medicine
A collection of online & audio practice cases. (Requires registration for an individual account for full access.)

USMLE Collection
McGraw-Hill Education eBook Library Medical & USMLE® Test Prep study aids.

Board Vitals
Access the test banks to prepare for board exams for over 30 medical specialties and the USMLE Step 3.

 
USMLE Announcements

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Mentoring
Online Resources
Articles on Mentorship
UM Research Data Services
Research Data Management Services at the University of Miami is a set of services provided as a collaboration between the University Libraries, the Office of Research, the Center for Computational Science, and Information Technology.
Funding Agency Policies
Data Standards and Documentation
Avoiding a Data Management Nightmare
Data Management Planning
Data Visualization
Data Repositories
A list of NIH-supported data repositories that accept submissions of appropriate data from NIH-funded investigators. A general purpose repository where users can upload figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets. A database of research data repositories.
Note: not all of the repositories in this system will allow you to deposit data.
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
PLoS
BioMed Central
Journal Impact Factor
Information on periodicals