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Resident Research

Resident Research Expectations

As per the Resident Research Policy of Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University, all residency programs must ensure that residents are provided opportunities to participate in scholarly research as defined within the goals and objectives of each program. Resident research or scholarly projects during the course of their residency program could include: basic science; primary care research, experimental medicine; clinical medicine; epidemiology; quality assurance; medical education; ethics; or any research aligned with health care. 

Recognizing that residents have different levels of interest in participation in research, there will be two streams, a general research stream (GRS) and an intensive research stream (IR).  The Queen’s University PGME “Introduction to Research” is mandatory for all first year residents, and all residents will complete the Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial and provide documentation to their academic advisor for their file. 

IMPORTANT:  Residents will identify which stream they plan to pursue by December 31st of their first year/stage (Transition to Discipline).

NOTE:  Residents in the IR stream who do NOT demonstrate sufficient progress (denoted below) by the end of year 2 (Foundations of Discipline) will be automatically deferred to the GR stream.

Outline of Research Streams 

Option A: Intensive Research Stream (IRS) 

Residents choosing the IRS stream will be expected to participate in all aspects of research including protocol development, ethics submission, data collection, data analysis, write-up and presentation.  They are expected to be first author on a submitted manuscript and present their research at the Department Research Day and at a national or international conference.  They will also have the opportunity to present any subsequent studies at national or international conferences.

IRS residents will be given the option of a research elective after January in Year 1 to get the groundwork laid for their project. They will also have the opportunity to have further research electives over their 5 years and will be strongly encouraged to participate in the Clinician Investigator Program.

Funding

Mentorship

IRS residents will be provided with funding to assist with presentations as first author and be provided with funding to assist with attendance in years 1-5 to attend the CPA and/or APA without the obligation to present.

 

IRS residents will be matched with a research mentor by January of Year 1.  The research mentor will be a faculty member with extensive research experience and who is trained and willing to provide research mentorship.  The faculty member may or may not be part of the residents’ research project, but they will mentor them through their research project and provide valuable networking opportunities within their area of interest and in the medical research community in general. 

 

Option B: General Research Stream (GRS):

Residents choosing the GRS stream will be expected to participate in all aspects of research including assisting with protocol development, ethics submission, data collection, data analysis, write-up and presentation.  They do not have to do this as part of a single project and do not have to present or publish as first author.  In year 4 they will have to produce a manuscript or summary of projects of no less than 1500 words to demonstrate how they have met the research obligations.

GRS residents will not be expected to have research electives unless they demonstrate, a minimum of three months prior to their anticipated start date, that they have a project underway that would benefit from dedicated research time. GRS residents can choose to switch to the IRS stream any time within the first two years of their residency with the permission of the Post Graduate Director(s) and the Research Director.

Funding

Mentorship

GRS residents will be provided with funding, similar to those in the IRS stream, to attend conferences if they are presenting as first author and will be provided with funding to assist with attendance in years 3 and 4 to attend the CPA and/or APA without the obligation to present.

 

GRS residents may have one or more research mentors that assist and support resident learning in each research activity.

 

See Table for requirements for each stream, and steps below: 

Progress through Intensive Research Stream (IRS) 

Outcome: Residents are expected to be first author on their presentations and publications.

Year 1 - Transition to Discipline 

Educational Activities

  • Participate in the PGME introduction to Research Course
  • Complete the Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial
  • Identification of a Research Supervisor by January 31
  • Present research proposal to resident research rounds at the end of the academic year (May)
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • Submit to REB (by June 30th)
  • $1000 funding to attend APA and/or CPA, not required to present.
  • Opportunity for a research elective in Year 1*
  • Prior to the research block in Transition to Discipline/Foundations of Discipline a resident is expected to submit a learning plan that outlines the activities/objectives for the block.
  • During the research block residents are expected to complete a research proposal including:
    • Literature Review
    • Research Question
    • Methodology
    • Submit an ethics application

Assessment/Documentation

IRS residents are to meet with the Research Director by June 30th to document that Year 1 educational activities have been completed. Yearly research documentation and research project progress will be reviewed during progress meetings by the Academic Advisor.

Year 2 - Foundations of Discipline

  • Submit abstract to national and/or international conferences. 
  • Start study and data collection
  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • Option to become involved in additional research and/or start new project (case report, QA study, etc)
  • $2000 funding to present core project at national or international conference as first author.
  • Funding of $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA. not required to present
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 2 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director. 

By the end of transition to discipline, residents will be matched to a supervisor and have their research proposal approved by the Research Director.

Research proposal includes:  Research topic 

If the requirements for the IRS project have not been met by the end of this stage, IRS residents will be deferred to GRS.

Year 3 – IRS

  • Completion of research study
  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Present at Department Research Day
  • Present study at national or international conference.
  • $2000 funding to present core project at national or international conference as first author.
  • $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA not required to present
  • Option to become involved in additional research and/or start a new project.
  • $2000 to present new research at a national or international conference.
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 3 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.

Year 4 – IRS

  • Write up project for publication and submission by June 30th
  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA. not required to present
  • $2000 funding to present new research at national or international conference.
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 4 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.

Meet with Research Supervisor by the end of the academic year to document that all Year 2, 3 and 4 criteria have been met.

Year 5 – IRS

  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA. not required to present
  • $2000 funding to present new research at national or international conference.
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 5 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.

Progress through General Research Stream (GRS)

Outcome:  Residents are not expected to be first author on presentations and are not expected to publish, but are expected to hand in a final report and present at the Department Research Day. However, in order to receive funding for attendance to a national or international conference residents need to be first author, similar to the requirements of the IRS.

Year 1 – GRS

  • Participate in the PGME introduction to Research Course
  • Complete the Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial
  • Attend resident research rounds at the end of the academic year (May)
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • Meet with Research Director by June 30th to document that Year 1 criteria have been completed. 

Year 2 – GRS

  • Opportunity for a research elective in Year 2*
  • Identification of a Research Supervisor by December 31
  • Present research activities outline to resident research rounds in May
  • Submit to REB (if necessary) by June 30th.
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • Initiate research activities
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 2 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.

Year 3 – GRS

  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Present at Department Research Day
  • $2000 funding to present their own research at a national or international conference as first author.
  • $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA not required to present
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 3 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.

Year 4 – GRS

  • Completion of research project
  • Write up project/report and submit report to Research Director by June 30th
  • Attend resident research rounds in May
  • Attend Department Research Day
  • $1000 to attend CPA and/or APA. not required to present
  • Funding contingent on completion/satisfactory progress of Year 4 criteria and signed off by the Research Supervisor and Research Director.
  • Meet with Research Supervisor by end of academic year to document that all Year 2, 3 and 4 criteria have been met

 

 

General Research Stream

Intensive Research Stream

Complete all aspects of a research project

X

X

Present at Department Research Day

X

X

Present at National/International Conference as first author

 

X

First author publication

 

X

Funding to go to CPA/APA years 1-5

 

X

Funding to go to CPA/APA twice during residency

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 *All research electives need to be approved by the Research Supervisor, and objectives and outcomes communicated in writing 3 months prior to the start of the rotation to the Research Director and Post Graduate Director.  Residents in the IRS may have more than one research elective block during their residency, residents in the GRS will not usually have more than one research elective block.