RIM structure and timelines

RIM unit objectives

RIM objectives have been created by the RIM Committee. The objectives are connected to the education outcomes as defined by the Faculty of Medicine and are mapped to meet the overall objectives of the curriculum map.

On completion of the RIM unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe the value and roles of health research in a) informing clinical judgment, skills and knowledge; b) contributing to innovations in clinical care, health policy and healthcare systems; c) supporting lifelong learning and professional development;
  2. Critically appraise published research to appropriately draw inferences from evidence relevant to their research or practice;
  3. In collaboration with a mentor/supervisor, generate a research question, develop a study proposal and conduct the research study to address the research question;
  4. Appropriately present research methods, results and interpretation in a publication-style report and in an academic presentation;
  5. Describe a range of methods, types of health research studies and strategies for effective knowledge translation of health research evidence.

RIM begins in the first week of Med 1 and students are expected to meet all learning requirements by September of Med 4.

A completed RIM project includes the following components:

  1. Mentor-approved manuscript of publication quality
  2. PPT or poster of RIM project presentation
  3. Manuscript form signed by mentor

This longitudinal approach to learning provides students with time and opportunities to design, develop and present or publish their research projects. As with every other aspect of medical education, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes with effective communication and productive relationships.

RIM mentors

RIM mentors are a critical piece of the RIM program, as students work closely with mentors throughout their time in medical school.

The role of the RIM mentor is to guide the student through the scientific method and to assist her/him to develop and refine research-related critical thinking skills. This strengthens the education of all physicians in training, including those who do not choose a medical career involving the conduction of health research. Mentoring in the RIM Unit is part of the established commitment of the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine to provide comprehensive professional/career support to medical students.

Both students and mentors should seek out a partnership that will best meets their needs and compatibility. For example, some students are highly independent and/or have a lot of research experience and will work best with a mentor who is more “hands off.” Other students may require a lot of guidance and support – and not all mentors are willing or able to provide that.

It is important to consider compatibility when accepting a student. Students, mentors and directors should ensure from the start that expectations are realistic and achievable to avoid issues as the project progresses.

If you are a faculty member who is interested in being a RIM mentor, please contact rim@dal.ca.