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Mentorship Through Research: A Novel Approach to Increasing Resident and Medical Student Research Competency Through an Institutional Database<
Jerette Schultz, MD1; Brittany Ward, BS1; Jordan Halsey, MD2; Ian Hoppe, MD3; Edward Lee, MD1; Mark Granick, MD1
1Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA 2The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA 3University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Background: Facial trauma is a common injury seen at our level 1 trauma center; therefore, a clinical database of all facial fractures at our institution between January 2000 and December 2012 was created based on International Classification of Disease, Revision 9 (ICD-9) codes. From this database, a variety of studies have been conducted on multiple different types of facial fractures and outcomes. We aim to quantify the research productivity and academic achievements of medical students, residents, and faculty involved in research from this large institutional database.
Methods: A retrospective review of all PubMed indexed manuscripts, abstracts, oral presentations, and poster presentations that resulted from projects based off of the facial fracture database was performed. Data was collected for all involved authors, including medical students, residents and faculty. Academic outcomes, such as fellowship and residency matches were collected.
Results: Clinical research conducted from the facial fracture database resulted in 20 published manuscripts in 7 journals, 4 published abstracts, 16 podium presentations and 12 poster presentations between the years 2014 and 2020. Sixteen medical students, 5 residents, and 3 faculty members were authors on at least one project. Four residents have since successfully matched into fellowship, nine of the medical students have matched into residency, and one faculty member has been promoted academically since this time. The average number of published manuscripts for each person was 5.17. The average number of published manuscripts for medical students, residents, and faculty was 2.9, 7, and 14, respectively.
Conclusion: Constructing a clinical database based on a common injury at our institution has allowed analysis of a variety of endpoints from a large volume of subjects. Use of this one database has resulted in high research productivity and academic accomplishments for medical students, residents and faculty. Our approach to mentorship through research has led to an increase in resident and medical student research competency.

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