Research

Welcome to Family Medicine Research at the University of Alberta. Our comprehensive Primary Care Research Program includes the Theme Areas of Health Services, Medical Education, Care of the Elderly, Distinct Populations and research related to the discipline of Family Medicine.

The Department has two research centres:

The Medically At-Risk Driver Centre (MARD) is the first centre in the world to offer integrated efforts targeting the discovery and development of evidence-based solutions to identify and assess medically at-risk drivers, and to provide advancements in support for those who can no longer drive.

The Centre for Health Culture (CHC) conducts multidisciplinary cross-cultural health research and cultural competencies in education.

Family Medicine residents have many opportunities to develop research and scholarly skills through a variety of academic activities. Our integrated Family Medicine Residency Research Curriculum ensures that residents acquire the skills to become lifelong learners and to keep up-to-date. The curriculum is comprised of evidence-based workshops; journal club; finding answers to clinical questions (BEARs project); practice quality improvement projects (PQI); resident research evenings; Research Day; research project (optional); and research electives (optional).

The Department also participates in the Research Summer Studentship Program to enable promising students to experience quality research in a family medicine setting.

We welcome any questions or collaborations in the area of family medicine research.

Donna P. Manca, MD, MClSc, CCFP, FCFP
Research Director