Resident Research Resources
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Reference Documents How to Choose a Research Project
Funding Sources Research Ethics
Research Impact Statistical Consulting
Research Design Courses Writing Papers and Manuscripts
Formal Clinician Scientist Training 

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) CPGME 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 News and Events Page for upcoming session dates. 
    If interested, register by emailing

    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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