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CH1 Shark Tank for Family Medicine: Real-time Feedback for Primary Care Research Ideas

Winston R Liaw, MD, MPH; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; David R Mehr, MD, MS; Robert E Post, MD, MS

05/7/17 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ocean Beach

For primary care to achieve the Triple Aim, educators and researchers will need to evaluate and implement new ideas. While educators are well positioned to implement innovations, many lack the research skills needed to assess them. Mentoring programs have been shown to increase research confidence and scholarly products. In this innovative session, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Research Committee will provide both real time and sustained feedback to budding researchers. During this shark tank session, each participant(s) will have 5 minutes to give their pitch. The sharks will provide immediate feedback. The feedback will focus on a) improvements in the quality of the research question or business idea, b) methods to consider, c) alternative questions to consider, d) potential collaborators, and e) potential funders. At the end of the session, the sharks will each select one project to mentor over the next year. If all of the sharks pass on a given idea, then audience members can collaborate with the participants.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to form a complete research question that addresses a novel contribution to primary care research.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to articulate the question to other researchers in a clear and concise manner (e.g. an “elevator speech”).
  3. List three common mistakes when forming or answering research questions.


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