Research Development Rounds

Researchers all have their usual collaborators or team members, but sometimes it really helps to get outside perspective and input. Research Development Rounds can also offer a new perspective and give insight into grant application and journal processes.

09 September 2021

Upcoming Research Development Rounds

The first Research Development Rounds of the 2021 Fall Term will be held October 28, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. These events offer valuable insights from new and experienced researchers and offer a chance to meet others in the department and Faculty research community.

What is Research Development Rounds?

In early 2019, two Department of Family Medicine researchers, Andrea Gruneir, PhD and Oksana Babenko, PhD, created the Research Development Rounds.  Also known as RDRs, these events provide an opportunity for a guest to share a research idea with attendees. They can then refine the research idea through discussion, exploration and troubleshooting with the attendees, who are able to offer a different perspective because they are not directly involved in the research process.

Who can attend?

Anyone in the department can attend or present at an RDR. Faculty members, staff, medical learners and graduate student researchers interested in scholarship and research, or have a research or scholarship project that they are looking to develop or move forward, are all welcome.

What advantage or takeaway does this give guests and attendees?

Researchers in the department all have their usual collaborators or team members, but sometimes it really helps to get outside perspective and input - to hear what people not quite so close to the project or the idea have to say and what kinds of questions they raise. “In fact, this is similar to how grant review committees approach grant application review as well as how journal reviewers operate.” notes Oksana. “So it’s a great way to become familiar with the process.” What we want to offer people is a place where they can get that outside perspective. We also want to give our department members a place to share their experience and insight into the issues raised. 

Both Oksana and Andrea stress that the ultimate goal of these sessions is to foster a culture in which department members really understand each other's work and expertise, and then build on that work and expertise to support each other.

What is it intended to do or offer to attendees or presenters?

Each RDR features one guest who talks about an idea for a project or a project in its early phases and uses the time to get feedback from others. Unlike the monthly research forums, where a completed study is presented, RDR guests present studies that are incomplete. Sometimes, guests are looking to better develop an idea, sometimes they are looking for advice on how to deal with a roadblock, and other times they are looking for input on how to develop something like new collaborations. “In all cases, we want to bring together the collective wisdom and experience of department members to support RDR guests, and  to foster a sense of curiosity about each other's work and a supportive environment where discussion is encouraged.” says Andrea.

Andrea and Oksana hope RDR guests receive actionable advice from their sessions, finding ways to move their project forward in whatever way makes the most sense at that time. 

While the main objective of RDR is to help the guest, Andrea and Oksana point out the events are also a great way for people in the department to get to know one-another better while learning about each other's work and experiences.

What kind of topics are covered in these sessions?

The topics presented have been as diverse as the research being done by Department of Family Medicine members. Previous topics presented have included medical education research, health screening, health services for older people, healthy habits program and patient satisfaction data collection. Guests have come with questions related to developing their research question, specific methods challenges (study design, data collection, participant recruitment), building collaborations, stakeholder engagement and responding to reviewer feedback on grant proposals.

How can people find out about the sessions?

RDRs are held every other month and the dates of upcoming RDRs can be found in the Family Medicine Events listing on the lower right hand side of the homepage of the Department of Family Medicine website. Research program secretary Peggy Lewis also emails information about each session to the department mailing list one to two weeks in advance. 

How do people sign up to present or to attend?

If you are interested in presenting at an RDR, or would like to find out more about  presenting, please contact Oksana Babenko or Andrea Gruneir

Please note that all RDRs will continue to be held only online until the university fully transitions back to hosting in-person events. For those wishing to attend, there is no need to sign up in advance; people just need to register to activate the Zoom link included in the email information sent out by Peggy Lewis.