Introduction to Research

The annual Research Skills workshop exposes residents to a basic level of research training as required by the Royal College.  It is assumed that participants have no previous background in the areas covered. Residents will be introduced to study design, basic biostatistics, critical appraisal, the publication process and effective presentation skills. Clinical examples are taken mainly from the area of reproductive health, yet are applicable to all medical disciplines. 

This workshop is strongly encouraged for all PGY1 Specialty residents and optional for all PGY1 Family Medicine residents. 

The workshop is scheduled for November 19, 2013.  


Ban Righ Hall, Lower Dining Hall
10 Bader Lane (from KGH, turn left on Stuart, right on University Avenue and left on Bader Lane)



  • Robert L. Reid, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Phil Hahn, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 
  • Elaine Van Melle, Education Research & Evaluation Specialist, Department of Family Medicine


8:30 am - Registration

9:00 am - Introduction: Ideas, mentors and finding time (Reid)

9:45 am - Study design (Hahn)

10:30 am - HEALTH BREAK

10:45 am - Study design workshop (Reid)

11:15 am - Sample size determination (or) Risk statistics (Hahn)

12:00 pm - LUNCH

12:30 pm - Qualitative research: Focus groups and Interviews (Van Melle)

1:00 pm - The publication process (Reid)

1:30 pm - Steps to a successful research project (Hahn)

2:00 pm - HEALTH BREAK

2:15 pm - Critical appraisal (Hahn)

2:45 pm - Effective presentation skills (Reid)

3:15 pm - Quiz (Hahn)

3:30 pm - Conclusion 

Additional Information:  Research Roadmap for Residents
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