Class of 2020
What was your research project?
My research involved the assessment of the Grade Deficit Point System we use in Foundations of Clinical Medicine. It was sponsored by the Deans Summer Student Project from the U of S and my lead Supervisor was Dr. Jennifer Chlan.
I presented my poster at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education 2018: Competency Based Medical Education in Halifax.
What were some interesting aspects of the conference you attended?
The theme of CCME 2018 was Competency Based Medical Education and there were a few discussions/presentations regarding this topic throughout the conference. I found these very helpful to understand the implications and the barriers in implementing competency based medical education into our residency programs.
As we’re the first Canadian Medical School to use this type of evaluation in Medical Education, I had a couple CoM Faculty members from across Canada take interest in our research during the poster session. I found CCME to be a great opportunity for the U of S to share this method of student evaluation to other CoMs. I also found the poster presentations a great way to learn more on how other CoMs handle the issue of longitudinal evaluation of their own students.
Any tips/tricks you want to pass onto students who are thinking about research and don’t know how to get started?
Not sure if I can add much to this already as my research was funded through the Deans Project. That being said, if you’re interested in a certain field of Medicine it never hurts to ask preceptors in that field directly if they’re taking any students for research projects.
- I conducted a Dean’s Summer Project under the umbrella of primary care looking at the Patient’s Medical Home vision in Saskatchewan. Primary care research is important in the world of family medicine. I was fortunate to be involved in the Family Medicine Club (FMC) in year 1 and 2 of medical school and was able to continue as a student member on a College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) student committee as a year 3 student. I am currently the student representative on the Undergraduate Education Committee (UGEC) for the CFPC and with this role I attend two annual meetings. One of these meetings is held in spring and the second is held in the fall at the Family Medicine Forum (FMF). Part of my role is to liaise information between the UGEC and the Section of Medical Students (SOMS) of the CFPC.
- For those interested in family medicine, this is a great avenue to become involved at a national level and begin networking with physicians and medical students across Canada. Having primary care research on top of involvement in family medicine, whether that is through the FMC, volunteering, or whatever else it may be provides many opportunities both for future CaRMS applications and award applications. There is an award through the CFPC called the Medical Student Scholarship which awards $10,000 to one medical student from each university during their second last year in training for which family medicine-based research is criteria in their selection process.
Class of 2020