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Primary Care Research Day

Department of Family Medicine residents attending Primary Care Research Day poster session

Primary Care Research Day is the CSPC’s biggest event of the year. The day brings together Department of Family Medicine faculty members, Queen’s Family Health Team staff, residents from all four distributed sites, faculty from across Queen’s University, and community healthcare providers. The objectives for the day are to acquire new clinical knowledge to implement into one’s practice, comprehend and use research methods, critical appraisals, program evaluations and clinical audits in future scholarly work, and to formulate a model for being a community based researcher.

At this year’s Primary Care Research Day we welcomed Dr. Minna Johansson, a family physician and a researcher from Sweden.  Her clinical work is with a health care centre in a small community in Sweden and also at the Cochrane Collaboration (Cochrane Sweden).   She is chair of the Swedish council for sustainable diagnostics and treatments and her research is primarily focused on overdiagnosis in screening and the suite of problems often referred to a ‘too much medicine’.

A total of 179 guests attended the 15th annual Primary Care Research Day.  Postgraduate year-two family medicine residents presented their research as either a poster or oral presentation.  This year there were 16 oral presentations and 52 poster presentations; each were evaluated by two judges.  Projects were assessed based on topic relevance, literature review, methodological rigour, knowledge of topic area and the quality of the presentation.  The four projects chosen as the “Best Academic Research Projects” were:

Dr. Steve Slobodian (Kingston) Performance Enhancing Psychological Skills in Medical Simulation (PEPSIMS)

Dr. Helene Baldwin (Kingston) Mentoring uncertainty: Is it a skill to be fostered in family medicine residency?

Dr. Vanessa Audet (Kingston) Family medicine residency in Canada: Is two years long enough?

Drs. Samantha Graitson & Justin Pang (Belleville - Quinte) The Nightmares App: A point-of-care mobile app for Nightmares simulations