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December 1991

Is Resident Research Worth Supporting?

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Denver, Colo

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(12):1332. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870240018002

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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) announced its first resident research grants in 1983. Since then, nine residents have each been awarded $5000 grants. Although supporting resident research would seem intuitively worthwhile, several arguments against funding resident research have been put forward:

  • Resources are too precious to be risked on inexperienced investigators.

  • The AAFPRS does not have the resources to monitor the progress of research or the appropriate use of funds.

  • Resident research experiences are too varied in the nation's training programs to assure consistent quality.

  • The AAFPRS resident research grants may simply be devices to fund the sponsoring faculty's research.

  • With all of their other responsibilities, residents do not have the time to learn and perfect research skills.

  • Five thousand dollars is not enough money to support any meaningful projects.

In an effort to monitor the effectiveness of the

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