Factors significantly associated with the research publication status of ophthalmology residents at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University: A 10-year retrospective study


  • Wilawan Sanpan Research Department, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Supattra Sawangkul Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand


Research publications, Ophthalmology residents, Retrospective study.



The Department of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital provides a residency program for medical doctors to become a certified ophthalmologists. Ophthalmology residents were required to publish or submit a manuscript before the final board examination. This study aims to evaluate and compare research-related factors among ophthalmology residents at the Department of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, from 2007 to 2016, and to identify the factors significantly associated with successful publications. This retrospective study collected data with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research projects of ophthalmology residents from 2007 to 2016. The collected data included gender, starting period, authorship status, study design, type of study site, funding status, ophthalmologic subspecialty, and time of publication after IRB approval. There were 102 IRB-approved research projects from 2007 to 2016. Of those, 41.2% projects were published in national or international journals, and 76.2% were published by female residents. Most residents were co-investigators, had unfunded research, collected single-center data, had a retrospective study design, and published their research one year after IRB approval. The number of published research projects during 2007-2011 was significantly higher than that of during 2012-2016 [29 (69.1%) vs. 13 (31.0%); p<0.001]. The results revealed entry into the ophthalmology residency program from 2007 to 2011 to be significantly associated with successful journal publication. Since the rate of successful journal publication decreased during the second half of the study period, strategies to improve research knowledge and support among ophthalmology residents need to be developed and implemented.


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