McMaster University

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Research & Conferences

Department of Pediatrics Research

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Resident Research Committee

Terms of Reference

Guidelines and Expectations

Suggested Milestones

For a list of committee members, click here.

Research Funding and Awards

There are a variety of awards available to pediatric residents. For an overview of these awards, please click here. Pediatric Residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the McMaster Resident Research Awards to support research activity, and the St. Louis Family Fund for funding in support of travel to attend the annual Society of Pediatric Research meeting.

AAP Resident Research Grant and Scholarship Programs

The American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents in good academic standing. The Academy grants annually a number of scholarships varying from $1,000 to $5,000.

Resident Research Grants

In an effort to enhance the development of research skills among physicians in training, the American Academy of Pediatrics administers the Resident Research Grant Program. Grant applications will require a statement of purpose, a research plan, and a proposed budget. Applications must also identify a project advisor who has an appropriate research background. Grants of up to $2,000 will be available.

Resident Scholarship Programs

Applications for both programs must be submitted by February 28, 2010

Research Electives

Research electives are available to provide the residents with "protected" research time.  Electives can either be arranged on a “horizontal” or "block" basis.  Horizontal electives can be taken as a half day per week during non-service rotations and block electives on a one or two month basis in place of clinical elective time. All residents interested in pursuing a research elective must formally apply for these electives. Written requests must be submitted and approved by the program director as well as the research supervisor. Goals and objectives for the elective must be outlined in agreement with the research supervisor, and the clinical rotation supervisor if considering a horizontal elective. Goals and objectives for the elective must be outlined in agreement with the research supervisor. It is the responsibility of the research supervisor to ensure adequate support and education is provided during the elective, and that appropriate progress in their research has been made. As for any elective, a rotation evaluation form must be completed at the end of the elective. Request for Elective form

Educational and Research Resources

  • Health Sciences Librarian:

Andrea McLellan

School of Medicine Liason
Head of Collections and Technical Services
Health Sciences Library, HSC 2B16
McMaster University

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 24169


Research resources:

A list of faculty members and their research interests is listed on this website. Please feel free to contact these individuals if there is an area of research that you are interested in.


PostGrad Abstracts/Presentations

Can we help them cope? Stress in Senior Pediatric residents

CanMeds Portfolio: Mutipotential Assessment and Learning Tool

Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Evaluating Pediatric Online Orientation Webinar for Interns

Evaluation of Pediatric Resident Knowledge of Patient Education Resources

Longitudinal CanMEDs Competencies


McMaster at Night - Pediatric Curriculum

Mini-MAS Work Based Assessment Tool

OSCE Workshop



Patient Handover - Use of a Mnemonic to Standardize and Improve Process

Pediatric OSCE Collaboration of Canada

Pelvic Exam Simulator


Resident Duty Hours

Senior Resident Clinic

Sexual Health Assessment





Conference/Travel Policy:

  • A resident is entitled to $3,000 conference/travel funding over three years of core training in the program.  Funding is pro-rated.  A resident in fourth year is entitled to an additional $1,000 funding.  There is no carryover of funds from core years to fourth year.  Residents are encouraged to use funding for CME throughout training.  However, if a resident would like to accumulate funding for a major conference, justification must be provided to the program director for approval.  Funding will be withheld if a resident does not acquire the required mandatory group learning activity (MGLA) points
  • $1,000 of funding over residency training can be used for applicable courses.
  • $1,000 additional funding is available once over residency training for research presentations at conferences upon approval by the program director to cover poster and travel expense
  • Conferences are to be approved by the director or delegate prior to attending the conference
  • Original receipts (photocopies and visa receipts are not accepted) of expenses are to be submitted to the program within a month upon return.  Tickets, boarding passes and confirmation of conference attendance are required.  
  • It is expected that a resident present a formal round to pediatric residents following the conference
  • Funding is subject to change depending on ongoing funding availability.

Invited Presentations

Residents are strongly encouraged to present their work at scientific meetings in the form of poster or oral presentations. In the event that a resident's conference/travel costs exceed the travel awards policy as listed above, the residency program will consider supporting these costs on an ad hoc basis, under the same guidelines. These requests for additional funds should be submitted to the program director and research committee.

Research Opportunities

  • The McMaster Child Health Research Day offers an opportunity for trainees and new investigators in Pediatrics to present their research; it is mandatory for 3rd year residents.
  • The McMaster Clinician Investigator Program is a Royal College accredited program that facilitates research training by physicians.
  • Research Roundtable (formerly WIP and Research Seminars): These sessions occur on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, and are chaired by Dr. Karen Choong where seasoned and novice researchers share their work, ideas and challenges during the course of their research. Researchers, faculty members and trainees with any level of research experience are welcome to present and attend. The 1st Tuesday of every month is dedicated to resident presentations. It is mandatory for each 2nd year resident to present their research proposal at this meeting. However, all residents are welcome and encouraged to present at these sessions. It is an expectation that all residents attend these rounds.
  • Resident Research Database:


Password: (please ask research committee)

This database contains current and past resident's scholarly activity, and is a great resource for resident's interests and achievements. Please forward your projects, presentations and publications to the resident representative of the Research Committee or the purposes of updating this database.

  • The Research section of the Department of Pediatrics website lists faculty members and their areas of research interest. Please feel free to contact these individuals if there is an area of research that you are interested in.
  • Critical Appraisal Course

The critical appraisal is organized by the research committee and is run throughout the year. The objectives of the course are to a) equip the residents with the ability to critically appraise scientific articles and b) preparation for critical appraisal questions that arise in their Royal College exams.


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