The practice of evidence-based medicine requires an awareness of the strengths and limitations of different research methodologies and the skills to critically appraise the research publications of others. Residents develop these skills through discussion of latest evidence during teaching sessions and in clinical scenarios such as clinic, labour and delivery and the operating room.
All residents attend an introductory course on research methodology and critical appraisal in first year. At this course a research road map is presented and residents receive guidance about on-line and local resources to facilitate their involvement in research. Each resident is expected to develop her or his personal skills through participation in journal clubs, presentation of cutting-edge or controversial data at rounds and by conducting one or more personal research project(s). The resident research coordinator meets regularly with residents to monitor their progress and to confirm that they are “on-track” to meet departmental expectations for resident involvement in scholarly work (eg. Q/A audits, book chapters, articles or reviews, and original research).
The Program offers strong research mentorship. Residents are paired with faculty members who oversee and facilitate research. Departmental resources including epidemiology expertise and funding are available to foster research and residents receive financial support to present their findings at regional and national meetings. For more information about ongoing departmental research projects and resident research in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology please visit the research section of the departmental website.
Innovation and creativity are the underpinnings of a culture within the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology that drive faculty and residents to pursue clinical “best practices” while looking to the future and, through research, trying continually to do better.
Maria P. Velez, MD, PhD
Resident Research Coordinator