Residency Training in Nigeria has stands on a tripod of service delivery, training, and research. Resident doctors form the majority of medical doctors in teaching hospitals. Despite their immense contribution to the generation of data and actual participation in research, studies have shown that they are quite often underrepresented in the publications that follow.
At the 39th Annual General Meeting of the NARD, the Research Collaborative Network (RCN) of NARD made some distinct presentations about the research among Early Career Doctors (ECDs), the RCN committee report also opened my eyes to the numerous work currently ongoing, and how this network spurs interest in research among resident doctors, it dawns on me that a great way of improving contribution towards research among residents in a local chapter is to replicate the NARD RCN in the local chapters. This approach, I will rather tag: “bringing NARD research awareness and initiative to the doorstep of members.”
As the Africa Proverb rightly says, “if you want to go fast, go alone if you want to go far go together”.
Privileged to have great minds like Dr Efosa Isibor on the team, whose interest in research among formative doctors is unparallel, the Research Collaborative Network of the Association of Residents Doctors (RCN – ARD ISTH) was birthed. It comprises of representatives from various departments of the institution with its activities piloted by advisors comprising of outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly in advancing Medical science through research and training of Resident Doctors.
The primary aim is to have each member of the research team, participate in conducting and authoring credible research works in one year, while progressively incorporating more residents into the network. This will go a long way in improving the attitude of Early Career Doctors (ECDs) in our local chapter towards research as well as improve their contribution to Research works and publication.
Other functions include educating ECDs during their orientation programs on the benefits of participating in research collaboration as a core component of their training, organizing programs that will teach members the pathways to conducting credible researches.
Dr Efosa Isibor –Chairman/Coordinator
Dr Ugochukwu Osuji – Secretary
MEMBERS OF RCN, ISTH
Drs. Lawal.Q; Aituma.L; Itua. P; Omoike.P; Chukwu.I; Enegbuya.O; Adeaga.T; Onuoha.G; Otumu.T; Otumu.O; Okpunu.E; Oshevire .O; Ikwu.A; Isibor.F; Itama.U; Ngwu.H; Ogbetere.Y; Otaigbe.O; Oriaifo. S; Nkwogu. F.
Prof Michael Ibadin
Dr Irekponu Omoike
Dr Ekaette Tobin
Dr Oladimeji Adebayo
The team is making progress in achieving her aim.
Together we achieve more.
Dr Esele Ekuaze
Member , RCN, NARD