For Residents

Scholarly activity is defined as creative work that is peer reviewed and publicly disseminated. Scholarly activity includes the Discovery of new knowledge, the Development of new technologies or methods, and the Integration of knowledge leading to new understanding. The CanMEDS framework includes the following definition: “As Scholars, psychiatrists demonstrate a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge.”

Scholarly activity includes a spectrum of activity from critical appraisal through quality assurance and chart review studies to prospective studies and experimental research. There are several opportunities for residents to learn about and engage in scholarly activity within the residency program. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Day (seminars in critical appraisal, statistics, research methodology)
  • Grand Rounds presentations
  • Department of Psychiatry Research Day
  • Various Journal Clubs [including the resident-organized journal club and a lecture series, ( BrainTalks ) 
  • Half-day research longitudinal elective [PGY-2 to PGY-4]
  • Research electives (3-12 months) [PGY-4 and PGY-5; also 1 month elective available in PGY-1]
  • Research Track [a program for residents with interest in an academic career. The Research Track incorporates dedicated research time within the residency in order to develop clinician-investigators. There is a separate CaRMS match for the Research Track.]

Resident Scholarly Activity Project

  • Residents entering PGY1 after July 1, 2015, must complete a scholarly activity project before completing their PGY5 year. More information can be found on the Scholarly Activity Project page.