Neonatal-perinatal medicine trainees are expected to undertake a scholarly project with the aid of a supervisor from the division and are provided ample time during the program to pursue their project. Each trainee is expected to complete at least one scholarly project during their two years of training period and present their results locally or at an appropriate national or international conference. Funds are available to assist the trainee with travel to present his/her findings at such a meeting. Examples of a scholarly project would include research in basic, clinical, or translational medicine, medical education, quality improvement, patient advocacy or bioethics.
The CHEO RI provides grants to trainees for the purpose of completing small-scale studies. Regular training sessions are offered by the CHEO RI staff in all aspects of clinical research including protocol writing, data management or budget planning. These are valuable resources to augment training in clinical, basic or educational research. As well, CHEO RI offers support services from a variety of trained personnel to facilitate the planning and execution of the research.
The Division of Neonatology is actively involved in clinical research in a broad variety of themes such as decision aids and neural networks, neonatal follow-up, neonatal pain management, medical education, ethics and disease-oriented research. The division is supported by several research assistants