Research, QI and Scholarly Activities

The Specialty Training Requirements, Objectives of Training and Specific Standards for the Accreditation of a Psychiatry Training Program, pertaining specifically to Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Scholar role, state that "The program must provide residents with appropriate resources, time and supervision to participate in a scholarly research, quality assurance, or educational project." Scholarly activities are therefore herein defined as including research, quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI), and educational/teaching/mentoring activities.

There also exists a "research track" for residents who desire a greater focus on research activities. For research track residents, one half day per week is available to devote to research and related projects.

Note that educational/teaching/mentoring activities are also part of scholarly activities - e.g. Journal Club Coordination, provision of individual mentorship of junior colleagues on the rotation.

Residents may spend elective time (≤fifteen months) doing research

  • Residents select research elective(s) in discussion with appropriate supervisor(s), either joining work in progress or generating their own proposals for original work

Residents may complete a Master's Degree during their residency

  • Participation in seminars in PGY-2 and PGY-3 can be accredited as course work for the Masters

Residents are encouraged to attend conferences during their training, with dedicated funding

Current scholarly activities:

  • Preparing Grand Rounds presentations
  • Participating in the resident-led Journal Club and in the relevant PBL group
  • Preparation of a research dossier

There is a program of didactic teaching on research methodology and quality improvement. Protected time for scholarly activities for those not on research track, including appropriate milestones, is offered, as will mechanisms for appropriate interactions with statistician(s). Residents are encouraged to attend Psychiatry Research Day, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute Research Day, Pie and CQI AMH Day, Alberta Psychiatric Association Scientific Conference, and national events (e.g., CPA Junior Investigator Research Colloquium).

A Research Dossier will be started for each resident in the PGY-1 or PGY-2 year, and updated during the course of residency. This dossier is dedicated to fulfilling CanMEDS scholar competencies.