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2015 APGO Exxcellence Award – Ramez N. Eskander, MD

Ramez N. Eskander, MDRamez N. Eskander, MD, from University of California, Irvine, California has been awarded the 2015 APGO Exxcellence Award for his study titled, "Impact of the Exxcellence in Clinical Research Course on Research Productivity and Quality amongst Program Completers" (abstract below).

The 2015 APGO Exxcellence Award was accompanied by a $500 cash award for Dr. Eskander.

Impact of the Exxcellence in Clinical Research Course on Research Productivity and Quality amongst Program Completers

Ramez N. Eskander, MD
University of California, Irvine, California

OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate the self-reported impact of the Exxcellence in Clinical Research Course on academic productivity amongst course completers.

METHODS:  A 26-item questionnaire was distributed to 457 individuals who completed the Exxcellence course between August 2008 and May 2013.  The questionnaire focused on 7 domains: demographics, post-graduate education, practice information, publications/grant applications, and skills attributed to completion of the course.  Descriptive statistics, bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed.

RESULTS:  Of 457 individuals who received the survey, 31.5% (n=144) responded. Course completers were primarily women (79.2%), white (73.6%), and reported practicing in an academic environment (76.2%).  Program completers reported a mean of 9.2 ± 7.5 publications (median impact factor of 4.2 ± 2.4).  Respondents reported that course completion was associated with better teaching of evidence-based medicine (8.2 ± 1.5; on a 1-10 Likert scale), more confidence in teaching (7.0 ± 2.2), and assuming a more active role as an educational leader (7.0 ± 2.3). Individuals who completed the course in years 3/4 of fellowship reported a significantly greater impact on communication (6.3 vs. 5.1 on a 1-10 Likert scale; p=0.023), teaching (7.7 vs. 6.8; p=0.049), clinical leadership (7.6 vs. 6.6; p=0.031), patient advocacy (6.5 vs. 5.4; p=0.048) and respect as an educational leader (7.3 vs. 6.3; p=0.034).  No relationship between OB-GYN NIH finding and publication/grant funding was identified in the cohort.

CONCLUSIONS:  Individuals who attended and completed the Exxcellence course reported a positive impact on academic productivity.  Efforts should be made to increase access to this valuable resource.

 

KEYWORDS: Exxcellence, oral, CotD

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