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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-48

Interest and experience of anaesthesiology residents in doing research during residency training

1 Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Sciences Academic Clinical Program, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
2 Department of Women's Anaesthesia, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
3 Centre for Quantitative Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
4 Department of Anaesthesiology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
5 Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Sciences Academic Clinical Program, Singapore General Hospital; Department of Women's Anaesthesia, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore

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Ha T T Truong
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_543_18

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Background and Aims: The SingHealth Anaesthesiology Residency Program is a 5-year postgraduate training programme whose curriculum covers clinical and academic training, through research and educational activities. This study aimed to describe the needs of the residents in promoting research participation during residency. Methods: After obtaining ethics committee approval, we conducted an online anonymous survey among all residents in the Residency Program. The questionnaire comprised questions of demographic data, levels of research interest, areas of interest, the obstacles to research and the potential areas where help can be improved. SAS (version 9.4, 2017; SAS Institute Inc.) was used for descriptive analysis and logistic regression. Results: Sixty-seven of the 79 residents (84.8%) in the Program responded with 58 (73.4%) completing the survey. Fifty-six of the 62 (90%) expressed some level of interest in research. The top two areas of research interest were clinical research and medical education research. The top obstacles to research were lack of time (due to competing clinical time and work–life balance) and lack of mentorship. The top three areas of research support needed by residents were supervised research protected time, departmental research manpower support and mentorship with topic expertise. Senior Residents were more likely to have higher research interest, self-initiated research participation and consideration for research as part of career progression, compared with junior residents. Conclusion: Residents faced many obstacles in doing research during residency training. Our findings also highlighted some of the needs for research support reported by the residents during their specialty training.

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