Residents are coordinated and mentored in basic and clinical research projects at Maimonides Medical Center. Six months of the first year of urology training is devoted primarily to research activities. There is a wide range of resources available to residents at Maimonides.
The new PL-1 resident meets with the director of urology to discuss a goal for the research year. The resident is encouraged to do a literature search on all prospective projects. Following selection of a research goal, the resident will choose the laboratory in which to do his or her projects. Each laboratory facility has full-time basic science Ph.D. investigators and urologist investigators. Residents who have completed the research year may continue their respective projects on a reduced time schedule during the clinical years. The resident meets periodically with the research mentor and the director of urology to review research progress. All residents are required to submit a research paper to the Annual Resident Essay Meeting sponsored by the New York Section of the AUA. The best papers are submitted to journals or are used as presentations at national meetings.
This year of research, as well as continued activity during the clinical years, provides the resident with an understanding of study design, assessment of results and transcription into verbal or written presentation. The presentations are subject to both mentor and peer review. These steps have provided the resident with a strong foundation in the basic principles of study design, performance, analysis and reporting.