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Internal medicine investigations that improve people’s health

The Department of Medicine is home to grant and industry funded research in all areas of internal medicine. Our members’ research efforts are recognized around the world and attract more than $15 million in funding annually–15% of Dalhousie Medical School's total funding. As a department, we have research strengths in geriatric medicine, neurology, cardiology and infectious diseases.

Discoveries are improving patient care

Researchers are making discoveries and developing medical technologies that improve patient care and people’s health. For instance, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood developed an innovative approach to the study of aging, frailty and dementia that now serves as best practice globally. Dr. Lee Kirby helps design wheelchairs that make it easier for people to get around.

Leaders in their fields

Department members are principal investigators on large multi-site clinical trials and multi-disciplinary pre-clinical studies. They are also research chairs recognized for their research and clinical excellence. And our robust research program enables medical students and residents to learn from faculty who contribute to the world’s knowledge of medicine.

Opportunities for investigators

The Department of Medicine offers funding for new and established investigators through the University Internal Medicine Research Foundation. Our research infrastructure also includes a research office, Advisory Committee and Research Day. The department partners with Dalhousie’s Research Methods Unit to ensure database design and biostatistical support are available to investigators.

Supporting research during residency

For residents, the department offers financial support for research, a research Olympics program wherein teams of residents are assigned to a faculty coach and complete research related tasks, a PGY1 research methods course, a resident research committee and research coordinator to help you make research part of your medical career.