Research is the foundation and progressive lifeline of any medical profession. Both the Model of Emergency Medicine Clinical Practice and the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD-EM) recognize the importance of training residents in research methodology and critical literature review. The U.S. Army – Baylor University Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program includes a dual clinical and research-centric curriculum. The resident’s ability to analyze, critically assess, and generate peer-reviewed medical literature becomes even more important after completing formal residency training and certification, as the critical appraisal and integration of medical evidence provided within medical journals and other periodicals become the cornerstone of most clinicians' continuing medical education (CME).
In an era of dwindling resources and budget constraints, clinicians are continuously compelled to provide efficient and effective care. To meet these demands the U.S. Army – Baylor University Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program emphasizes 'evidenced based' practice. The advent of the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) movement has furthered these endeavors and provides a logical model for further investigation and intellectual growth within our chosen specialty.