Welcome to Research in General Surgery
All residents are expected to complete a minimum of two quality research projects over the five-year program for presentation at an annual research day. Two papers must be published. Guidance for this will start in the Surgical Foundations Program and meetings with the Division of General Surgery Research Director, Dr. Shawn Forbes. Half-Day per week is set aside for research.
Through the Research Committee, funding is available for research projects up to $5,000 per year. Three to six months blocks are available for the resident to pursue research. McMaster has an accredited Royal College Training program - the Clinical Investigator Program which is a two year program in research and research methodology. If residents are interested in this path this must be decided in the PGY 1 year or the first six months of PGY 2. The CIP program can be inserted between 2nd and 3rd year or 3rd and 4th year of general surgery training. There is funding provided on a competitive basis for salary support for 1-2 years of research through the Margaret and Charles Juravinski Surgical Fellowship.
Experience in Education: Residents are expected to participate in teaching of medical students and their junior residents in formal and informal sessions.