While training in clinical radiology remains the main focus of the residency, research is considered to be of paramount importance as well. It is essential that residents gain experience in as many aspects of research as possible, including searching the literature, data analysis and manuscript preparation. A resident cannot know if he/she would enjoy an academic career without this firsthand experience. The feeling of satisfaction which accompanies completion of a project, and contribution of information to the medical/scientific literature, can only be appreciated if personally experienced. The Resident's Research Program consists of three components: a seminar series, resident support, and a formal presentation day.
Research Program Seminar Series
The seminar series continues to expand. It occurs over three years of the Resident Program - PGY2-PGY4. In the first year, residents are given five lectures dealing with an overview of the University of Toronto program, literature searching (e.g. Medline), manuscript preparation and presentation techniques. A two day workshop in Critical Appraisal is given toward the end of the year. In the PGY3 year, there are seven lectures covering study design, measurement error, diagnostic tests, likelihood ratios and ROC curves. Two tutorial sessions are included to ensure active participation. Five lectures in the third year deal with quality assurance and health care technology assessment. There is also a two day workshop on statistics during this year.
Research Program Support
Department faculty are asked to submit research topics from which the residents choose a project which he or she finds interesting. The response from the faculty has been excellent with a large number of ideas being suggested. The residents are given the opportunity to create their own topic or to choose one from this faculty generated list. Residents receive two full days per month for one year for their work as well as three days at the beginning of the year to plan their project, and three days at the end of the year to complete it.
Department of Medical Imaging Research Day
Each resident is required to become involved in a research project beginning no later than the PGY3 year. The research is conducted in conjunction with one or more staff persons with a view to presenting the project during the PGY4 or PGY5 years at our Annual Resident Research Day. The residents are encouraged to publish their results and to present them at national or international meetings.
Clinical Investigator Program
In 2012 we offered 1 position at the PGY1 level for candidates committed to the Clinical Investigator Program. Candidates in this stream would complete all the rotations required by the Royal College for training in Diagnostic Radiology. In addition, at approximately the PGY2 or PGY3 year, they would participate in a research program and may enroll in the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Toronto and concomitantly pursue a Master's or PhD degree. This could be not only in the basic and clinical sciences, but also in clinical epidemiology, medical education or health administration.
Enrollment in the Clinician Investigator Program may lengthen the residency at least 1 year but if the resident enrolls in the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program this would result in dual certification as a specialist in Diagnostic Radiology and Clinician Investigator with the Royal College. This program is designed to prepare residents to become independent clinician investigators/clinician scientists. Individuals who apply to this program are encouraged to apply to our regular Diagnostic Radiology Program.