PRP093: Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation: Building Research Capacity for All Physicians

Elisabeth Callen, PhD; Christina Hester, PhD, MPH; Angie Lanigan, MPA, RD; Natalia Loskutova, MD, PhD; Cory Lutgen, BS, BSc; Jennifer Carroll, MD, MPH


Context: The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation program (FMD RapSDI), is a collaboration of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Research Network (AAFP NRN) and AAFP Foundation (AAFPF). FMD RapSDI’s goal is to build the capacity for family medicine scientific discovery and innovation by funding short-term, innovative, high-impact research grants. Research projects focus on topics that are relevant to family medicine, innovative, feasible to accomplish within one year, and have strong potential for future generalizability. Eligible applicants are family physicians who are AAFP members. Applicants with little to no previous research experience are especially encouraged; the AAFP NRN’s role is to support RapSDI scholars with needed support and resources to carry out their projects. Objective: To describe the research experience of FMD RapSDI program applicants for the inaugural cycle of the program, October 2019-April 2020. Study Design: Mixed methods analysis. Setting or Dataset: FMD RapSDI applicant dataset and supporting materials. Population Studied: FMD RapSDI Program applicants (n=45). Outcome Measures: Qualitative and quantitative assessment of research backgrounds.
Results: Applicants’ CVs were reviewed to determine their research backgrounds. Applicants, in addition to all being active family physicians, had a wide variety of backgrounds such as advocacy, acupuncture, sports medicine, obstetrics, cardiovascular, and research. Three-fourths (n = 29, 72.5%) had at least one peer-reviewed publication, 23 (57.5%) had at least one conference abstract, and 10 (25.0%) had at least one funded project with as Principal Investigator. One applicant had 18 peer-reviewed publications and six projects as Principal Investigator, another had 54 conference abstracts. Ten applicants (25.0%) did not have any publications, abstracts, and funded projects. Conclusions: Applicants to the inaugural cycle of FMD RapSDI had a range of backgrounds and varied in their previous exposure to research. The FMD RapSDI program will explore applicants’ research experience and available resources/support in future cycles in order to provide the necessary additional support to aid family medicine research capacity-building.
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Jen Carroll

Great work on this poster, team! Thank you

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