Medical Librarian Northeast Georgia Health System Gainesville, Georgia
Background: Community (non-academic) hospitals are joining the ranks of "teaching" status by implementing graduate medical education [GME] programs in order to offset current and projected physician shortages in the United States. Both academic and non-academic teaching hospitals are tasked with supporting Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education [ACGME] requirements for scholarly activity, yet professional literature does not reflect if and/or how the respective research capacity of librarians at each type of institution contributes to this accomplishment.
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1.) What is the difference in research capacity between librarians at non-academic and academic hospitals serving GME programs? ; 2.) How does librarian research capacity impact scholarly activity support for their respective GME programs?
Methods: Quantitative approach to surveying librarians serving hospitals with ACGME-accredited residency programs; composite instrument e-mailed to professional association listservs for recruitment; data to be analyzed using descriptive statistics, with inferential statistics in progress.
Results: There were 107 total responses. Two “filter” questions left 96 respondents: 38% worked in academic hospital libraries and 46% served non-academic hospital libraries. Initial analysis indicated that “There is no difference in research capacity or impact on GME scholarly activity between librarians at academic vs. non-academic hospitals with GME programs”. Statistical testing of sub-questions is in progress to determine any significant differences.