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 Research & Scholarly Activity for Residents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic's Resident Research Program provides an exceptional clinical and/or public health research experience in a community-based setting and strives to expand upon the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements. ​

This curriculum integrates the ACGME core competencies through didactics, practice and investigation-based learning, quality improvement activities and continual assessment. The following core elements guide all aspects of the program:

  • To foster competent, critically thinking physicians, dentists and pharmacists and critical consumers of medical information
  • To produce physicians, dentists and pharmacists who use best evidence in making decisions about care of individuals and communities (knowing how to interpret the literature-knowing basic biostatistics)

  • To cultivate physicians, dentists and pharmacists who maintain inquisitive attitudes toward medical information and an appreciation for research to gain new knowledge and improve quality of care throughout their careers

  • To provide physicians, dentists and pharmacists tools to implement a personal or system plan to create change to meet best practice guidelines

  • Trainees in the Marshfield Clinic Residency and Fellowship Program have the ongoing resource and support of the Resident/Fellow Research Advisory Committee, individual faculty members and a dedicated research facilitator. The world class Marshfield Clinic Research Institute​ provides statistical and analytical support for projects that are chosen by the resident/fellow during his or her training, along with opportunities to understand and provide educational information of measurable outcomes of quality assurance/quality improvement (QI/QA) systems-based projects.

We actively support all forms of research and scholarly activity, be it basic science, clinical or epidemiologic studies. For example, acceptable research projects can include:

  • Retrospective studies/chart reviews
  • Prospective studies
  • Cost-effectiveness studies
  • Quality improvement studies
  • Development of an educational activity
  • Medical education study
  • Community/advocacy projects
  • Case report/case series
  • Development of a survey tool
  • Literature review

Over the years, our residents have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and have presented at numerous state or national meetings. For more information about the types of research/scholarly activities undertaken by our trainees, ple​ase visit this list for a partial sampling.  

You will be expected to be an active learner throughout your residency and beyond. Evidence-based medicine is stressed on all rotations. Frequent opportunities are available for those wishing to present interesting clinical cases through Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conferences, Journal Club and Case Conferences. Additionally, active literature searches to enhance knowledge and improve clinical care are expected as the norm. 

A superb medical library​ is available on site.

Of note, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MRCI) represents one of the country’s largest private research centers with 25 Ph.D. and M.D. scientists and 160 other staff. Now in its sixth decade, MCRI has five research centers and also provides research services such as biostatistics, biomedical informatics, study design and publication support.

A spirit of inquiry and scholarship permeates Marshfield Clinic Residency/Fellowship Program. Trainees who join our program become part of a collaborative effort willing to continue the search for knowledge that will reduce the burden of disease and disability and improve the quality of life for people all over the world.