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Pilot Research Project Funding

Since 2008, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at McMaster University has funded pilot projects (maximum $5,000 each) for research in primary care, palliative care and medical education. These 18-month grants are intended to build research capacity at DFM. Pilot project applications should address areas of research related to primary health care. The goal is that pilot projects will produce findings that support the development and submission of future research proposals to external funding agencies.

Application Documents and Information – Primary Care and Medical Education

New investigators can apply for enhanced support with their pilot project proposal through a mentorship program. Successful applicants will join an ongoing community of practice for support and advice throughout their project.

Application Documents and Information – Palliative Care

Recipients 2021-2022

Project Name Investigators Amount Funded
Community Physicians
Study of our Family Practice shoulder rotator cuff examination tool and the diagnostic value of this as judged by ultrasound imaging Tim Cuddy (PI) $5,000
Pilot and feasibility study of multilingual survey to access health gaps and needs of Hamilton-based VFR travellers Ashleigh McCullagh-Cheung (PI), Aisha Khatib, Sarrah Lal $5,000
Barriers and facilitators for lung ultrasound use among physicians in emergency departments: A feasibility study Farhan Pervaiz (PI), Raj Vadera $4,260
Provider and patient experiences of health inequity in primary care: Navigating the entwinement of social and medical needs Meredith Vanstone (Co-PI), Monica Molinaro (Co-PI), Gina Agarwal, Gabrielle Inglis $5,000
AFP Physicians
Virtual care for the treatment and management of common medical conditions Keyna Bracken (PI), Jennifer Salerno, Noah Yang $5,000
Medical Education
What are the predictors for success or failure in International Medical Graduates (IMGs) – A systematic review of prognostic factor studies Inge Schabort (PI) $ 4,992


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