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Resident Project Guide, Part Five

Project Coordinator

Each site has a Project Coordinator, whose role it is to discuss the project format and requirements with the resident on a regular basis and encourage the resident to adhere to the deadlines. In some cases the Project Coordinator may also be the Project Supervisor.

Project Supervisor

Each resident must choose a Project Supervisor to counsel them on the content of their project. The Project Supervisor may be a clinical supervisor in the home base Family Medicine Department, another family physician, a consultant or another appropriate individual. If someone other than a family physician is selected, it is important to retain advice on the relevance of the project to Family Medicine from the Project Coordinator.


There are funds in the budget to cover some resident project expenses at all sites. Each resident is allowed $50 for minor expenses, but it is also possible to apply for more funding. This issue should be discussed with the Project Coordinator at the appropriate site. For amounts over $50, a written budget must be submitted to the Project Coordinator at the appropriate site. All receipts must be submitted and expenses will be reimbursed. If funds are needed in advance, a written request can be submitted and receipts submitted at a later date.

Minimum Time Commitment

Please note timelines and conditions may vary from site to site.

Residents should expect to commit at least 40 hours of work to their project. The program may allow the resident to use some independent learning time to work on their project, however; the amount of time permitted depends largely on the nature and scope of the project and therefore residents will need to discuss this with either the project coordinator or project supervisor. Time away from half-days back and academic half-days is not permitted.

Project Format

Although projects can be presented in different formats (art/work/handbooks/DVD, etc.) the project paper should be a minimum of eight pages (±3000 words) and a maximum of 16 pages (±6000 words), double spaced, 12 point font, excluding tables and references. The format of the written work should follow a scientific lay-out:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Study Design/Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Limitations

Alternatives for the min/max page length and format will be considered for special circumstances, and must be approved by the project coordinator.

Project Cover Page

Make sure that you add a cover page to you project. The cover page needs to include the following:

  1. name
  2. title of project
  3. site
  4. name of supervisor
  5. type of project (research, literature review, etc.)
  6. date


Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and can lead to expulsion. Please see the Dalhousie University website on plagiarism.

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