Below and in Tools you will find information and resources to guide you through the research process outlined below.
Research takes time, be sure you pick a topic that is important to you and will keep your interest.
A strong question is the key to success; consider the following steps to help you:
- Complete a literature search. What is already known about your topic? Has there been previous research? How was the research conducted?
- Get methodological and statistical advice. The following institutes, health authorities and schools offer methodological and statistical consultation services
- BC Children's Hospital Research Institute - Provincial Health Services Authority
- Women's Health Research Institute - Provincial Health Services Authority
- Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) - Providence Health
- Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2) - Vancouver Coastal Health
- Fraser Health Research and Evaluation
- Island Health Research and Capacity Building
- Northern Health
- UBC Department of Statistics
What is the patient population, what are the space needs, what are the funding needs? Can the question be answered in the time that you have with the resources that are available to you? Consider: how data will be analysed (i.e. consider power calculations and sample size estimates) if the data already exists in a research data base/network or with hospital decision support or if primary data collection will be required.
A research protocol has the following sections
- Research Question
- Purpose and Hypothesis
- Description of significance of research question – this section is referred to as the “Background/Justification” section and should come from your literature review)
- Objectives and specific aims
- Study design – include here your proposed method(s) of research
- Statistical analysis
You can start with a one-page plan as your first step to assessing study feasibility, and developing a full research proposal/protocol and then flesh out the sections outlined in your one-page research plan to develop your protocol.
Prepare other related study documents
- Consent forms
- Letters of initial contact
- Letters for doctors
- Study brochures and posters
- Data collection forms/case report forms
Templates for these study documents are available
Most research proposals will require institutional ethics board approval before you can begin. UBC faculty and students should request research ethics board approval (REB) through UBC and the through the associated health authority if applicable. All UBC ethics applications are submitted via Researcher Information Services (RISe). To use RISe
Once you have ethical approval you can begin your project.
If you need assistance at any of these stages, please contact the Research Program Office.
The annual Fred Bryans Faculty Research Forum is an opportunity for faculty members to share success stories in research.
The Faculty of Medicine has some useful resources for undergraduates wishing to engage in health research.
Visit the Faculty of Medicine's Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website for information for prospective and current graduate students and postdocs.
The department offers a MSc and PhD graduate program - Reproductive & Developmental Sciences Graduate Program.
New knowledge and innovation are crucial to successfully identifying, addressing and overcoming the increasingly complex health-related challenges that influence the lives of all of us. Research is key to improving patient care. The Royal College requires all trainees to have an understanding of research, so that it can be applied to their future practice and the ideals of evidence based medicine. In adherence to Royal College Guidelines the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology requires that each resident complete one research project by the end of their residency.
Resident Research Timeline
The following timeline is proposed to ensure the Royal College research requirement is met.
- Identify your area of interest
- Review the research inventory and select a potential project and supervisor
- Meet with the supervisor to discuss the research question and study design, which may include submission for ethics
- If Ethics is required for the project, it must be obtained prior to the start of the research block
- Present an update/progress report on the research project to the Resident Research Advisory Committee
- Present the research at the Research in Progress academic half-day and the annual Department Academic Day
Resident Research Expectations
The Association of Professors of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Canada's (APOG) “Resident Research Training Objectives” outlines the research skills and activities required by all residents.
The Department expectations are as follows:
- Complete training in research design.
- Complete one research project by the end of residency.
- Present at Research in Progress academic half-day.
- Present twice at the Annual Department Academic Day.
- Residents are also encouraged to present their projects at local, national, and international meetings and conferences, and to publish their research.