Policy re Research

All residents will be required to undertake a research project during their five years of training. This will involve the selection of a supervisor, the submission of a research proposal, undertaking the project, presentation of the results and final submission of a study “in manuscript” form. Resident projects may be clinical (prospective or retrospective chart review) or basic scientific studies. The general objectives are to involve the resident in a research project of scholarly value which will lead to an appreciation of the scientific process including formulation of a scientific question, a protocol to test the question, the organization and interpretation of data and formal presentation of the results.

Goal for the Research
By the completion of the Research Block the resident will have completed a research project of scholarly value which will lead to an appreciation of the scientific process including the formulation of a scientific question, a protocol to test the question, the organization and interpretation of data and formal presentation of results.

Rotation Description
During year one of training residents must review the pool of approved resident research projects that are submitted each year in August by departmental faculty. The supervisor can be any faculty investigator in the department. No supervisor may accept more than one resident trainee per academic year. The approved and submitted projects are simply a guide to indicate the possible research directions and mentors that residents may pursue for their research. It is expected that the resident will work with their mentor and contribute to the design and development of their own original research project that is compatible with the mentor’s research interests and project description.

  1. During year one of training all residents will attend a two-day course on critical appraisal of the scientific literature and research methodologies to be held annually as coordinated by Dr Reid of Queens University at the December Toronto APOG meeting. Travel and accommodation costs are supported by RTP funds.
  2. During year 2 or 3 of training and at least two months prior to the commencement of the research rotation, a one page written report will be submitted to the Resident Research Coordinator outlining the hypothesis to be tested, the proposed protocol to be used and relevant background information. This report will be evaluated by the Resident Research Coordinators and/or the Department Research Committee prior to commencement of the research rotation. The intent is to get residents involved in their research projects prior to their research rotation and it means supervisors must be prepared to assist early on with the completion of this one page “summary of research proposal”.
  3. In addition applications for Research Involving Human Subjects must be submitted and approved by the University’s REB committee well in advance of the research block. The resident must also present a short (15-20 minute) oral presentation during a resident teaching session that will be attended by the chair and co-chair of the research committee, the resident’s project supervisor, all residents and any other interested departmental member, covering their research project objectives and experimental design at least 2 months before starting their research block. The purpose of this seminar is to enable constructive feedback regarding the purpose, design and approach that will be applied to address the project’s goals.
  4. During the research rotation the resident will be expected to attend area related research seminars.
  5. All residents will be required to present at Research awards Day at least once during their five years of training. This presentation will be evaluated and additionally form part of the resident’s final research rotation report.
  6. All residents will be encouraged to present at an annual meeting (eg SOGC) with monetary support for travel and accommodation provided on application.
  7. At the conclusion of the research project, the resident must prepare and submit a project report to the Resident Research training director. This report should be formatted in JOGC style with abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions and references. It is not expected that all resident research projects will result in submission and acceptance of a peer reviewed publication, but this outcome will be encouraged by the program. A final project report however is required from all residents completing their research requirements for their residency program.

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