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.

During the TTD phase of training, residents are allocated a week of introductory research time. This allows the resident to identify and meet with a potential research supervisor, complete the required research ethics modules and read the provided resources on Critical Appraisal. The aim of this week is to identify study design, a research supervisor and to begin the ethics submission process. This will include the completion and submission of a research educational prescription. 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 one month of research in each of FoD and CoD phases of training. 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.

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.