Residents are engaged in the following Scholarly Activities: writing and submitting conference abstracts, oral and poster presentations, publication of articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Residents also gain new knowledge through attending workshops, seminars and special presentations by visiting professors who have expertise in their field.
The Department of Pediatrics and its Divisions place importance on understanding the principles of evidence-based medicine and the ability to understand and critically appraise the medical literature. These skills are used during each rotation as underlying principles of discussion of patient problems. Within their Research Academic Half Day series and the Journal Club, residents learn epidemiology concepts, critical literature appraisal, and are offered faculty mentorship for resident teaching and coaching.
All PGY-1 residents are required to take the formal education component of the Pediatric Research Curriculum in their AHD’s on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September through June.
Residents may apply for a protected research month elective during their residency program in their PGY-2, -3 or -4 years. This provides residents with the flexibility to take research month at a time during which their project reaches the appropriate level to do so.
Celebrate Pediatric Research Day is a protected departmental Education Day focused on trainees’ research each March. Attendance is mandatory for residents, with opportunity to present research and to compete for the best resident paper. The winner is provided time to attend the national level competition held in Winnipeg for 2 days during May. Residents seeking to develop a research career may apply to take a full year of research within the program.