Emergency Medicine Journal Club has been a tradition in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt. It is a dynamic process based on feedback from the Emergency Medicine residents, nurses and faculty. It is held once per month from 6-8 PM at the home of one of the faculty. Dinner and an opportunity for brief socializing is provided. Using an evidence-based medicine standard, 6-7 journal articles are distributed 2 weeks prior for the residents, nurses and faculty to review.

Each article is assigned to a resident to briefly (3-5 minutes) summarize for the group. Typically study design, power, bias and clinical application are discussed. Then the entire group is asked to comment. This invariably leads to an interesting discussion of the generalizability of the findings including personal experience, preferences and values.



Senior Research Day is held each spring, typically the beginning of May, where Emergency Medicine Senior residents are given the opportunity to present their research findings. A wide range of topics including education, clinical and clinical research trials are introduced. It is a day of thought provoking research presentations in a format fashioned after national research presentations with a 10-minute slide presentation followed by five minutes of questions from the audience.


This section is intended to outline the research framework for residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine. It is important for any resident wishing to participate in research, whether as a PI or Co-investigator, to understand the support available to them and the framework used by the department. Residents are encouraged to participate in research; they are expected to remain in good standing with residency requirements throughout the conduct of any project.


The Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee requires that each resident complete a scholarly activity. A research project qualifies as a scholarly activity provided all requirements of the Residency Review Committee are met, and, is defined at Vanderbilt as:
  • Active and intellectual involvement in a clinical research project producing a manuscript that has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Case report submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Book chapter in a medical textbook
  • Review article submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal.
Projects requiring prior approval for requirement fulfillment
  • Chapters in an electronic journal or book
  • Non-peer reviewed publications
  • Protocol guideline and development
  • Computer projects



The figure below illustrates the general research framework used by the Department of Emergency Medicine for clinical resident projects. The structure has evolved to provide resident researchers with efficient and competitive support leading to successful completion of a research project.

Briefly, the resident formulates an initial research plan with the help and guidance of their collaborator and the biostatistician, and any co-investigators. This research plan must then be approved by the Research Committee, or an individual appointed by the Research Director. The resident is responsible for completing all necessary paperwork and an IRB protocol. The resident maintains responsibility for appropriate conduct of the research, including monitoring of enrollment and data. Once the project is complete, the resident works with the biostatistician and collaborator to analyze the data. When results are available, these are written up with the support of the collaborator, co-investigators and biostatistician.

Project and faculty collaborator is identified and declared by June 30 of the PGY-1 year. All seniors will present at Senior Resident Research Day, typically the week prior to SAEM (May).