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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
ARLEN D. MEYERS. Is Resident Research Worth Supporting?. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(12):1332. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870240018002