Increasing knowledge, improving care

As a surgeon, a strong research background—and all the skills that come with it—is critical to your success. Research experience not only gives you the ability to interpret and assess research-based literature, it also gives you the knowledge you need to act on best practices and provide responsible, high-quality patient care.

To help you achieve these goals, we require that you participate in research during your residency. This is available in both basic science (bench labs) and clinical epidemiology.  

The research process

When it’s time to plan your research project, we recommend following this process:

Step 1: Contact the resident research director to discuss your research interests and find a research supervisor that suits your goals.

Resident research director
Dr. Paul Johnson
Office: 902-473-2851

Step 2: Work with your research supervisor to develop research ideas and a research plan.

Step 3: Get in touch with the research office whenever you need help with:

  • your research plan or protocol development
  • your ethics submission
  • data requirements analysis and research database development
  • statistical analysis

Step 4: Action your research plan by finding patients, performing chart reviews and conducting data analysis.

Step 5: Summarize your findings in a poster, presentation or journal article.