Resident Research FAQ

What opportunities are available for resident 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 and Academic Rounds
  • 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.]

The academic day provides formal training in critical appraisal and research methods. In PGY1, the 1-month elective can be used for a research elective. In PGY2 to PGY4, residents can apply for a longitudinal half-day elective in research. In PGY5, full- and part-time electives in research can be arranged. And, of course, with enough motivation, residents can conduct research during their regular clinical rotations without formal research time.

How do I find a research supervisor?

  1. Check the Research Supervisor page.
  2. Check out the Resources page for research centres and faculty lists.
  3. Ask your clinical supervisor for suggestions.
  4. Talk to Dr. Erin Michalak, Oversight Director of Research and Scholarly Activity, or Dr. Raymond Lam, Director of the Research Track.

I don’t have any research experience. How do I get started?

  1. Ask your clinical supervisor for suggestions.
  2. Talk to Dr. Erin Michalak , Oversight Director of Research and Scholarly Activity

How much time does it take to do research?

How much time do you have? Seriously, it all depends on the complexity of the project and your own priorities and time commitments. Writing a review paper can be done during a clinical rotation over a period of several weeks to months. Analyzing existing data will take longer, and conducting a new study would usually involve at least several months of time. Those of us who do research always spend some time on it outside of the usual work hours, but there are also research electives and the longitudinal research half-day electives for residents to carve out some time during their rotations for research.

What kinds of research can I do?

  1. Case report and a systematic review.
  2. Systematic reviews of the literature.
  3. Quality assurance studies (e.g., chart reviews).
  4. Surveys.
  5. Analyzing data from a current study.
  6. Clinical trials (these are the most ambitious and challenging studies).
  7. Other types of studies.

How do I fund my research?

Currently we do not have specific funds available for resident research projects. Usually research funds would need to come from the research supervisor’s lab or research program. Check out some funding agencies in the Other Resources page – there may be some grant competitions available to residents.

Is research mandatory in the residency?

Residents entering PGY1 after July 1, 2015, will be required to complete a scholarly activity project by the end of PGY5. For more information, check out the Scholarly Activity Project page.

What research awards are available for residents?

There are a number of research and academic awards available for residents engaged in scholarly activity. Check out the Resources page for more info.

What is the Resident Research Track?

It is a special track for residents with previous research experience and a clear interest in pursuing an academic career in psychiatry. See the Resident Research Track page.

Can I switch over to the Research Track?

There is an opportunity for PGY1 residents to switch to the Research Track. If you are interested, contact Dr. Raymond Lam, Director of the Research Track.

However, you do not need to be in the Research Track to engage in research as a resident. See the question on research opportunities available to you.