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ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-50

Tiered team research: A novel concept for increasing research productivity in the academic setting


1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee; Department of Surgery, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA
4 Orthopaedic Trauma Department, United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA

Correspondence Address:
Rachel B Seymour
1320 Scott Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_80_19

Background: Research has become a key pillar of academic medicine and a cornerstone of residency training; however, there continues to be significant barriers to ensuring research productivity for residents. We implemented a novel tiered team approach which aimed to increase research productivity and promote collaboration during residency training. Methods: This was a retrospective study that evaluated the implementation of a novel tiered team research approach at a single institution between 2009 and 2013. Analytical software was used to visualize and display the research interconnections among the authors of the captured publications. In addition to using Gephi to determine the research interconnections, the growth in research capability of the tiered team and its individual members were also graphically depicted. Results: The research team produced a total of 77 publications during the study period (2009–2013). Significant and frequent collaboration and coauthorship was noted as the years progressed following implementation of tiered team research. Discussion: Tiered team research can be readily implemented at most institutions and can lead to increases in productivity of published research. It can also promote collaboration and peer mentorship among those involved.


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