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Message from Chair of Research, Dr. James Paul

Photo of Dr. James PaulWelcome to the website for Department of Anesthesia Research. This site was designed to summarize our research activities, highlight important meeting dates and deadlines and to help students in their research pursuits.

Our department has a number of resources to assist both staff and residents with their research. Toni Tidy, our Department Research Coordinator, can assist with grant preparation and submission, CommonCV development and REB submissions. Dr. Lehana Thabane is a PhD biostatistician and research methodologist, that can assist with protocol development and statistical analysis. He is in the research office and available to meet with people on most Wednesday mornings. For those that want to discuss their research ideas or current project, the research group meets once a month, typically on the second Tuesday of the month at 16:00. Researchers wishing assistance with their data analysis and sample size calculations need to present at this meeting before beginning their project, please contact Toni Tidy to attend.

Before launching a new study we recommend that staff and residents present their project at a Research Interest Group Meeting. These dinner meetings include a methodology presentation followed by one or two research proposal presentations. After a protocol is presented there is a round table discussion that discusses the finer points of the study design. The goal is to address any potential concerns before beginning.

An Annual Research Retreat is held in the spring to give an overview of the research activity for that year and to allow researchers to present their latest findings. In addition, there is an McMaster-Western Annual Research Exchange Day held in the spring where medical students, residents and fellows present their research projects in a judged competition. This event is alternately hosted in Hamilton or London.

All PGY-1 residents take a research methodology two-day course (Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Course) in the fall term in order to give them a framework for formulating a research question, literature reviews, study designs, selecting a study population, choosing outcomes and interpreting results.

All residents are required to complete a research project during the 5-year program and the minimum requirement is a retrospective chart review, but other projects are appropriate, including a meta-analysis, a survey study or even a clinical trial. Besides completing this projects residents are required to present their work once during the residency at the McMaster-Western Research Exchange Day. Before starting on a research project please find a staff mentor (who can be a staff anesthesiologist or a faculty member from another specialty) and submit a Research Project Application Form. In some cases, a research elective is granted and this can be used to work on research projects during dedicated time. The Research Elective Form must be filled out and signed by the Program Director and the Associate Research Chair.

If you have any questions or need help getting started with your research project please feel free to contact me.

Dr. James Paul, MSc, MD, FRCPC

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