Scholarly activity, as required by ACGME, can take on various forms. Trainees looking to develop a meaningful research project often face numerous challenges. Conducting independent research alone has many challenges: funding, ethical approval, protocol development, consent/enrollment, analysis, and publication of results. It can become discouraging for an early academic clinician who is balancing the clinical and educational responsibilities of residency. Nonetheless, many SAEM members are accomplished academic physicians who identified ways to successfully conduct research during their training. Dedicated research training and mentorship has shown to improve trainee research outcomes, but many trainees still struggle with the practical knowledge and skills needed in order to conduct successful research. This session targets early researchers and primarily focuses on issues relating to scope of project, IRB approval, and recruitment/consent, but will also include points on literature review, funding, and manuscript writing. The session will conclude with a discussion and recommendation to the audience.