An academic project must be completed during your CCFP-EM year. This may take the form of a formal research project or a critical appraisal project. Most of our residents choose to do a CAT (Critically Appraised Topic) Project. This is a systematic review of the literature to answer a clinical question chosen by the resident. We offer flexibility in allowing our residents to choose the form of their academic project. Within our departments there is a strong representation of researchers who are well-recognized in their field. There is extensive expertise to offer support for research and academic project initiatives. In addition, evidence-based medicine principles are emphasized in clinical teaching, journal club and academic rounds.
JAMA's Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice