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OBJECTIVE: To determine factors associated with scholarly activity among faculty members at urology residency programs. METHODS: An online survey was sent to all urology residency program directors. The survey assessed program characteristics, support and barriers for scholarly activity, and faculty participation in research and mentorship of residents. A linear regression analysis was used to identify the factors associated with faculty scholarship. Scholarly activity was defined as original research studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, case series and case reports. RESULTS: The survey was sent to 134 programs with a 36% response rate. Faculty attitudes toward conducting scholarly activity and lack of formal research curriculum were barriers to participation in scholarly activity, p<0.001 and p=0.05 respectively. Faculty attitudes were also a barrier to mentorship of residents (p=0.0038) and publication of at least one paper (p=0.0035). Having a statistician was positively associated with publications (p=0.062) and presentations (p=0.032). A minimum requirement of a ‘local presentation’ (p=0.04) and chairman support (p=0.015) were positively associated with presentations at a conference. CONCLUSIONS: This study identified resources and barriers to faculty member scholarly activity. The production of scholarly activity by faculty is increased by a chairman who supports research, availability of a statistician, submitting a manuscript as a resident requirement, and a dedicated research track for residents in the program. Urology residencies seeking to prioritize scholarly activity should consider these factors.


This poster was presented during the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Education Day, 2019.



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