Division of Respirology

Research & Scholarly Activity

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There are many opportunities to develop an academic career at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, a facility recognized as an international leader in respiratory research. There is time allotted for scholarly activities during both years of training. Residents are encouraged to participate in either clinical or lab based research during their training program, and the resident will be expected to complete a Quality Assurance project during the two-year period.

Medical Expert

  1. To describe the principles of research and scholarly inquiry.
  2. To describe the principles of research ethics.
  3. To pose a scholarly question.
  4. To be able to conduct a systematic search for evidence.
  5. To select and apply appropriate methods to address the question in the form of a clinical trial, basic science research study, chart audit, or quality assurance project.
  6. To appropriately disseminate the findings of a study.


  1. To develop public and media communication skills to transmit information about research trials, where appropriate.
  2. To present study designs and study results to other professionals.
  3. To learn to create a document for grant submissions.
  4. To learn effective and ethical methods for patient recruitment.


To develop a trusting relationship with the study supervisor and other members of the research team.


  1. To learn how to formulate and work within the confirms of a study budget.
  2. To mange time effectively in order to meet deadlines for grant submission, and submission for publication.

Health Advocate

  1. To ensure that informed consent is obtained from patient participating in clinical trials.
  2. To recognize the power or influence on clinical practices that may result from disclosing the results of a trial, and to be responsible for the potential consequences of enacting change.


  1. To develop an appreciation of the contributions made by basic science and clinical research,
  2. To commit to lifelong participation in research or scholarly activities.


  1. To appreciate the professional, legal and ethical code of practice as it applies to research.
  2. To interact with the pharmaceutical industry and other financial supporters in an ethical and transparent manner.
  3. To identify issues such as conflict of interest as it applies to research.