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Resident Project Guide, Part Three


The resident project must be aimed at answering a question in the field of family medicine. It can be in the form of a position paper, an educational tool, a research project, a literature appraisal, or a practice quality improvement project. The resident is expected to choose an area of interest to family medicine, propose a question, review the literature, and design a method of answering that question.

PGY2 residents are expected to submit a written paper and give an oral presentation of their findings to their colleagues and faculty members at the annual Resident Project Presentation Day held at their Site Project Presentation event. The written documents will be graded and an award will be presented to the author(s) of the project judged to be the most outstanding. In addition, in some sites, PGY1 residents are expected to give a 10 minute presentation discussing the progress of their projects.  Completed resident projects will be stored and available to review for internal use by residents and faculty.

Ethics Issues

All residents who engage in research involving human beings require a full or an expedited ethics review by a research ethics board (REB). This applies also to research considered “minimal risk,” for example the examination of patient charts, patient/resident/physician surveys, etc. The resident should discuss this with the project coordinator. If possible, it is advised that residents should consult with the chair of the local research ethics board (REB) regarding requirements for REB applications.

Multiple Authors “Author Contribution”

When a resident project involves multiple authors (colleague resident or others), each author must outline, in a section entitled “Author Contribution”, their individual contribution to the project. It is expected that each individual author’s contribution be substantial and that they review and approve of the final text.