Developing research in the community through online courses designed for residents and clinicians

The Department of Family Medicine's research program, with its commitment to training graduate students, residents and clinicians in a variety of academically rigorous research skills is part of what makes our department so unique in North America, and worldwide. 
Project lead Tamara Carver (Post-Doctoral Fellow) recording material in the new studio at the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Project lead Tamara Carver (Post-Doctoral Fellow) recording material in the new studio at the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Recently, the Residency Program for the College of Family Physicians of Canada has introduced a Scholarly Activity requirement to accustom residents to creating and using the latest evidence in medical practice. Canadian family medicine residents already have jam-packed schedules – their two-year training program is one of the shortest in the world! An additional challenge at McGill is that our residents are based across the province – some as far away as Val D’Or.

In order to meet these challenges, several of our PhD, post-doc and clinician-scholar students have been working on an entirely new way of teaching residents valuable research skills. This year, the department hopes to implement an innovative and interactive online course, using active-learning principles and the latest educational technologies. Residents will be able to further their knowledge in academic areas – from understanding research articles to designing their own study – on their own schedule, and from wherever they happen to be. While this course is nearly ready to launch, we need some extra help ensuring it is as attractive and easy to use as possible, as well as tailoring the course for clinician-supervisors, so everyone in our teaching units can benefit from having research skills and training. 

Our team of students has set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 by May 31st, 2016. 

In the future, this online course will be integrated into an entire online catalog of family medicine distance learning courses (including faculty development and global health course offerings).

Our most pressing need is making sure the resident course is able to go live for the new cohort of residents, in July 2016. What a way to welcome them to McGill! 

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