Geriatric Medicine – Research Focus

To meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, all residents in the geriatric medicine training program must engage in supervised research. This research endeavor may be within any of the following research areas: basic science, clinical, health services research, knowledge translation, medical education or quality improvement. All residents are expected to present their research work annually at the Resident Research Day.

Subspecialists in Geriatric Medicine must demonstrate a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge. During their subspecialty training, the resident must demonstrate the ability to critically appraise sources of medical information, in order to appropriately integrate new information into clinical practice, and contribute to the development of new knowledge in the field of Geriatric Medicine.

The teaching, practice, and assessment of critical appraisal of sources of medical information will be formally covered at various times within the geriatric medicine training program. Specifically, at the completion of their training, the resident will demonstrate understanding of the principles of basic and applied clinical research, along with critical appraisal of literature on a given subject. To demonstrate the ability to contribute to the development of new knowledge in the field of Geriatric Medicine, the resident must engage in a research project under faculty supervision during their residency program. Specifically, the resident will demonstrate familiarity with the development, execution, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of a research project by active participation in a research project during their subspecialty training.

At the start of the PGY4 year, the resident will meet with the residency program research coordinator as soon as possible to clarify expectations and discuss potential research areas and suitable faculty members available to support the resident in the completion of a research project (this person will be referred to as the research supervisor). After identifying a potential research area and supervisor, the resident will meet with the identified research supervisor to confirm this person is willing to supervise the resident, agree on mutual expectations and develop a focused research question. Both the research question and identified supervisor will have to be approved by the research coordinator for the program. This will include the completion and submission of a Research Educational Prescription (see appendix). This should take place within the first three months of the PGY4 year. During the PGY4 and PGY5 year the resident, with support from their research supervisor and the research coordinator, will develop a research plan, consult as needed with those possessing required methodological expertise, create a study protocol, ensure funding and other necessary resources are obtained (if applicable), obtain appropriate institutional research ethics approval (if applicable), collect and analyze data, present their findings at the Annual Resident Research Day and at other local and national/ international meetings (recommended but not mandatory), and prepare a manuscript for submission to a suitable journal (recommended but not mandatory). All residents are expected to submit copies of all publications and/or abstracts of research presentations to the program office, as these are required for the regular Royal College Assessment of our program.

To accomplish the research project, residents will have two 1-month research rotations during their PGY4 year. Specific objectives for these 1-month rotations will have to be created and agreed to by the resident, research supervisor, research coordinator, and program director prior to the start of the rotation. During the PGY5 year residents can complete a 6 to 10 month elective rotation in research directly relevant to geriatric medicine, at the approval of the program director, research coordinator and research supervisor. Specific objectives for this research rotation will have to be created and agreed to by the resident, research supervisor, research coordinator, and program director prior to the start of the rotation. The resident may undergo formalized research training in a degree or certificate program during their PGY5 research rotation. Covering the cost of obtaining such a degree or certificate will be the responsibility of the resident.

Assessment/Evaluation

Your research will be presented and evaluated annually at Resident Research Day. Your presentation will be judged during the Resident Research Day by a panel of judges. Prizes and certificates will be awarded for those selected by the above judging panel.