Resident Research Program
While training in clinical nuclear medicine remains the main focus of the residency, research is considered to be of paramount importance and is well supported. It is essential that residents gain experience in as many aspects of research as possible, including searching the literature, applications to the research ethics board, informed consent, 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 Diagnostic Radiology residency program – PGY2-PGY4. In PGY2, the residents are given five lectures, which include 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, a research course is offered covering study design, measurement error, diagnostic tests, likelihood ratios and ROC curves.
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 the faculty generated list.
The program is privileged with a number of dedicated specialists to support resident research activity including a PhD physicist, PhD radiopharmacist, a PhD computer scientist to support image processing tasks, and a PhD in clinical epidemiology.
Department of Medical Imaging Resident Achievements Day - 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. Residents in the nuclear medicine present at the Annual Resident Research Day at the end of the PGY7 year.