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Research & Scholarship

There are 2 broad objectives for this program: for the fellow to gain confidence in research and/or scholarship skills; and, for them to develop, make progress with, and hopefully complete a scholarly project of their choosing.

We subscribe to a broad definition of “scholarship”, which is: to take a deep dive into some territory of curiosity or wonder. This program will provide the fellow with an opportunity to build the skills to pursue an area of inquiry of their own choosing, with self-directed goals and content. They may learn and practice ways of making observations systematically and rigorously, synthesizing information, and clearly describing or expressing for a diverse audience the observations they have made. Our Research/Scholarship program will provide the fellow with support and mentorship available from the Department of Family Medicine and beyond, as appropriate to their goals, which could include research, education, writing or health humanities. They will have protected time to pursue a project that contributes to the primary care knowledge base and may pursue applications of teaching and scholarship in clinical contexts. The PGY3 invited to fill the role is expected to provide leadership in delivering the Research/Scholarship focus for PGY1/2, and for research/scholarship work of other PGY3 enhanced skills residents. Funding is offered for a full time or part time program, for up to 1 year. Funding may include specific clinical experiences that fulfill the resident’s educational objectives, up to 50% of time. Applicants may also consider this as a part time program to complement another enhanced skills program or independent clinical activities.

Preferred applicants will have demonstrated some scholarly interest in their training to date and have a somewhat defined idea of an area they wish to explore and the ways in which this may be useful in their future career path.


Time available: 12 months, part-time or full-time

Examples of potential project focus include (but not limited to):

  • An area of clinical interest
  • Social and ecological determinants of health
  • Advocacy, policy, justice, equity
  • Health humanities, narrative, art, spirituality and healing
  • Medical education, curriculum development
  • Information technology
  • Effective use of social media for scholarly activity

Examples of potential activities/outputs

  • Participate in a series of seminars/modules on research and scholarship skills
  • Enroll in a research course or masters program at the same time
  • Participate in or lead a scholarship community of practice with other residents
  • Supervise research projects by undergraduate and medical students
  • Complete an independent research project
  • Work with a faculty member on one of their projects
  • Write an article, book chapter, PBSG module, teaching module, app, or online offering
  • Attend and present at research conferences
  • Develop new research skills in specific paradigms or domains
  • Self-directed reading
  • Peer review journal articles

Required elements of the fellowship:

  • Develop skills in scholarly inquiry and complete a scholarly project
  • In collaboration with the Research and Scholarship Program Director, assemble an appropriate Fellowship Advisory Group, that includes mentors chosen for their expertise related to the learning goals or area of inquiry
  • Provide mentorship to other PGY3 for their own scholarship projects
  • Teach, develop curriculum, and participate in faculty development for the PGY 1 and 2 Inquiry curriculum (including quality improvement and critical appraisal), and mentor PGY 1 and 2 in their own scholarship work.
  • Participate in the DFM research networking activities, rounds and committees where appropriate.

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Program Director: Dr. Dale Guenter

For further program details: Shauna Ferguson