Research

Resources

creo™

creo™ is an online learning tool that delivers research education in a straight forward and easy-to-digest way, guiding the learner through the step-wise process of developing a research project.  More information can be found in the  creo Information Booklet or by contacting medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca 

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The Gwenna Moss Centre

The Gwenna Moss Centre regularly offers courses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, writing retreats and help with manuscript writing and more.


Office of the Vice-Dean Research (ODVR), College of Medicine, USask

OVDR has created this  excellent handout which contains grant development information, departmental contact list, funding opportunities, and an overview of the grant submission process. 

 Resources for Clinical Researchers 

 Understanding Overhead

For a handout on developing Research Questions using PICOT and FINER  Click Here.

Research metrics measure the impact of scholarly works. Various metrics have been developed to track the impact of individual articles, authors, and journals.  The Research Metrics guide will introduce you to many of these measures and how to apply them to your work.


Infrastructure and Equipment, College of Medicine, USask

Research Units


Med Ed Research Grants

Faculty Development has compiled two medical education research resources for you which were originally done for the Medical Education Research and Scholarship Day.  You can refer to both these documents – information on medical education grants available and the journals you can consider to submit your papers for publication.  If you have suggestions on additions to these documents – please contact medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca.  We want these documents to be ever-greened - keeping them up-to-date and relevant and appreciate your input.

 Funding Sources for Medical Education Research

 Journals in Medical Education


Library Support

The University Library collaborates with researchers through our Liaison Librarian Program, by providing information resources and research tools and facilitating scholarly communication.  Visit our Medical Education Resources page to view more information on the USask library.


IT supports for Research

Includes Access to software  such as  NVivo, R project Statistical Computing, SAS, SPSS and Stata.

Sign up at UnivRS at https://wiki.usask.ca/display/itsproject217/UnivRS+Home.  All research projects have to be entered into this system.

QI / System Improvement

To connect with the Health Quality Council go to https://hqc.sk.ca/ offering excellent programs to develop QI skills for SK health care.

Greg’s story at https://gregswings.ca; can be a powerful story for needed systems change.

Choosing Wisely in SK – is coordinated through the Health Quality Council.

Other Resources

AAMC Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) website.  Also checkout their video 'What is MESRE?'

RIME  (Research in Medical Education ) information is available through AMEE https://www.mededworld.org/Conferences/Conference-Items/RIME-2019.aspx 

The Learning Scientists: Different Research Methods: Strengths & Weaknesses

The Learning Scientsts: A Statstics Primer for the Overwhelmed Educator

Knowledge Translation Canada: Offers an introductory online course on Systematic Review and meta-analyses; more information.  Check out their other education and training opportunities here

McMaster TRAction (Toolkit for Research in Action)

PowerPoint on the qualities of visual abstracts and how to create one for your research:  http://www.meeting-support.com/downloads/687280/25331/Visual-Abstract-101-AAMC_05212020_font-updated.pdf

Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator) - JANE is a free online bibliographic journal selection tool, which is a popular resource to help authors determine the most appropriate in-scope journal to publish their manuscripts.

Li ST, Klein MD, Balmer DF, Gusic ME. Scholarly Evaluation of Curricula and Educational Programs: Using a Systematic Approach to Produce Publishable Scholarship. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Nov-Dec;20(8):1083-1093. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.07.005. Epub 2020 Jul 9. PMID: 32653690.

Glassick, Charles E. PhD Guest Editors: THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC SOCIETIES TASK FORCE ON SCHOLARSHIP Boyer's Expanded Definitions of Scholarship, the Standards for Assessing Scholarship, and the Elusiveness of the Scholarship of Teaching, Academic Medicine: September 2000 - Volume 75 - Issue 9 - p 877-880


Faculty Development Library

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Check out the hard copies of resources we have in Faculty Development easily! We have a FD “Library“ now which you can scan online to see if we have titles of books or medical education articles you might be interested in.  These are available to be borrowed by contacting medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca.

We are happy for these resources to be used by individuals in the College of Medicine or other Health Professions, anyone participating in our FD programming, as well as to have them go out to distributed teaching sites in SK.   Go to https://cmfdlibrary.librarika.com/.  If there are great titles related to medical education that you think we should have, let us know.  We welcome your suggestions.


Program Offerings

Columbia | Mailman School of Public Health - SHARP Training Skills for Health and Research Professionals.  Short, intensive boot camps led by field experts to teach in-demand research skills and methods to investigators at all career levels and from any organization Here is the official flyer with all 2021 topics to share with colleagues.

AAMC - Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) WorkshopsThis virtual workshop is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.

First Nationas Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) - The Fundamentals of OCAPA self guided online training course designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of OCAP.

‘Writing in the Sciences’ course – offered by Stanford. This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences.

Scholarship

Looking for opportunities to find scholarship in the day to day work you do can be a challenge but also can be very efficient and rewarding.  If you develop a new course or lecture or a new way of teaching learners clinically, you can evaluate this work and potentially publish it.  Presentations can become papers for publications.  Changes in your teaching including clinical teaching from a quality improvement initiatives in medical education are also be sources of scholarship.  Creative professional activities, innovations, new tools and resources can be developed and peer reviewed in a variety of forums. Be curious, find collaborators and share your work.  A mentor can help as can the supports available through the Office of the Vice President Research Gwenna Moss also supports Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (through SoTL grants).  Join the annual Faculty Development Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Education (RISE) event to present or learn about what is happening in the CoM.  Get inspired!


Medical Education Journals

View these Medical Education Journal listings which include details about publication

Medical Education Research Grants/Funding

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Applications for Professional Development Grants and CPD Activity Grants are available year-round for Fellows or physician organizations planning self-directed or departmental learning activities:

  • Professional Development Grants (up to $4,000): open to Fellows in good standing who are embarking on a planned learning project, as defined under Section 2 of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Projects may include learning a new skill or expand an area of competence relevant to the scope of practice or to support participation in formal courses offered by a university, college or institution.  More information
  • Continuing Professional Development Activity Grant (up to $2,000): open to physician organizations planning continuing professional development (CPD) group learning events, as recognized and defined under Section 1 of the MOC Program or accredited simulation activities with Section 3 of the MOC Program. More information

College of Family Physicians of Canada 

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine has grants available for Family Physicians. More information                                                                          

GEA National Research Grant Award

For funding for high-quality research proposals on the following topics:

  • Professional identity formation
  • Learning well-being or mistreatment
  • Learning environment
  • Faculty development
  • Inter-professional education
  • Competency-based education, EPAs, or milestones
  • Self-directed/self-regulated learning 
  • Virtual learning, COVID-related educational changes

Multiple projects may be funded each year up to $10,000 each up to a two-year grant period.  More information.

Internal Funding Support

To provide financial assistance for proposal development expenses relating to Large Scale Tri-Agency and Large Scale Non Tri-Agency funding applications.  Contact: Janice Michael, Financial Development Specialist, Strategic Research Initiatives, 306-966-2091

 Funding to support manuscript preparation, publishing - Publications Fund from Research Services: Up to $1000, and possibly $1500 (when funding is available).

Conference Funding - Members of the University academic, student or administrative community are eligible to apply for a Conference Fund Grant ranging in value from $250 and $5,000.

Mentorship

Mentorship for research is available and can be accessed through your department head or research facilitator. Having a mentor can be a great source of support for research especially when you are starting out.  Finding a mentor usually just involves thinking who can help you, has the knowledge of expertise in your area of interest or has a research focus that could make connections for you to benefit your research.  Once you have identified someone - ask.  You can find a mentor locally or externally. 

Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Education (RISE)

RISE is an event put on by the office of Faculty Development.  It is a sharing event to celebrate the medical education research and scholarship work that is being done in medicine and across the health professions in the province of Saskatchewan.  Starting in June, 2017 this event is offered annually and showcases work by staff, faculty and learners across the province.  All are welcome and invited to submit abstracts which opens in January and closes in March of each year. More information

Indigenous Resources for Research

Government of Canada - Panel on Research Ethics - TCPS 2 (2018) – Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada

Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan 
  • The University of Saskatchewan is dedicated to Indigenous student success, to fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and to promoting Indigenous knowledge and scholarship. Through collaboration, innovation, respect and humility, the university fosters a welcoming environment that is grounded in the principles of reconciliation and is able to address the calls to action placed on everyone in this country.
  • Office of the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement - Strategic Goals:
    • Respectful and constructive engagement
    • Active communications
    • Systemic and systems transformation
    • System-wide learning

FAQ

Where can I get a research mentor?
Mentorship for research is available and can be accessed through your department head or research facilitator.

I need specific help.
Contact the Research Facilitator for your department.  View the Office of the Vice President Research Staff Directory.  

How do I create a SoTL?

Visit USask Teaching & Learning

How can I build on this?

Commit to a change/ self reflection/  your learning plan/ get your study credits/ link learning to practice/QI

Consider a Masters program or course.  

Check out the The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education Research for a list of Masters programs offered acround the world.