Resident Research Resources

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Reference Documents

“The Research Guide: A Primer for Residents, Other Health Care Trainees, and Practitioners”
By: Bart J. Harvey, MD, PhD, Med, Eddy S. Lang, MDCM, and Jason R. Frank, MD, MA(Ed), Eds. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2011; 302 pp.; $65 CAN

Reference Articles

Choosing a Research Topic
Choosing the Right Research Adviser
Picking a Research Problem -- The Critical Decision

How to Choose a Research Project

When choosing a research project, we suggest focusing on four critical success factors:

1) An important project
The project must be motivating to you and your supervisor or you will have trouble focusing sufficient time to succeed during residency. The project must also be important to others as well or it will not have the impact that your work should.

2) A feasible project
No matter how important the question, a project that is not feasible to complete during residency cannot be successful. Some potential constraints to consider are: your time; your supervisor’s time; the sample size required to answer the question; the length of time available for recruitment and observational follow-up; and the availability of funding for materials, special services or additional staff.

3) A well-designed project
To lead to a positive impact on the future, your project must have the most appropriate study design to support its validity.

4) A well-supervised project
You may have either one single supervisor or a team of supervisors. In either case, your project supervision must include both expert content knowledge of the field you are working in and expert methods knowledge of the study design that you are using.

Funding Sources

1) PGME Awards Page - Full list of all awards, bursaries, scholarships, and prizes available to residents. Make special note of those that are research- and/or program-specific. 

2) Program-Funded MSc. - Some surgery programs now have the option to complete a 12-month research-based Masters of Surgery. The Masters of Surgery can also be used to toward the Royal College CIP designation if planned as a 2-year program instead of one year of research training.

Research Ethics

Guidelines for Initial Ethics Submission
Health Research Ethics Board (HREB): For chart review projects
Biomedical Research Ethics Board (BREB): For clinical trials and other studies that require any form of significant contact with participants.

Annual Approval Forms and Checklists
Form required: Annual Study Status Report Form
*Due 4-6 weeks prior to the expiry date on the previous approval
*If recruitment is ongoing, submit one copy of the current Informed Consent Form (ICF) as well.

Research Impact

In addition to the University of Manitoba REB approval, each project conducted through a major institution/hospital must also gain approval from the corresponding Research Impact/Research Review Committee(s).

Health Sciences Centre/Women's Hospital 
CancerCare Manitoba 
Saint Boniface Hospital 

Statistical Consulting Services

Biostatistics Open House Sessions for Residents and Fellows - These events use a unique "speed-dating" format which provides the opportunity to consult one-on-one with one or more biostatistical consultants to discuss the study design, analysis strategies to plan your research project.

Please reference the PGME Events Page for upcoming session dates and registration. 
If you have any questions, please email

Subsidized by George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), up to five hours of no-cost consulting time is available for inquiries about study design and analysis strategies. It is recommended that you attend at least one Bio-statistics Open House Session (above) before requesting a one-on-one consultation.  To arrange a one-on-one biostatistical consultation, please contact Dr. Depeng Jiang (
Research Design Courses Available
  1. Clinical Trials (7360) -- Dr. Shayne Taback, Fall Term
  2. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (7362) -- Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, Winter Term

Writing Papers and Manuscripts

Joining a Conversation: the problem/gap/hook heuristic

Writing an Effective Research Paper

Formal Clinician-Scientist Training

Have you been considering incorporating research into your career?
Many institutions are now including the completion of a graduate degree in their application requirements for faculty positions. 
Check out the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) to learn more about how you can earn a graduate degree while receiving full PGY-Level funding and benefitting from a complete academic curriculum designed to prepare you for a career in research.

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