The residents rotating through the Eye Institute and the Riverside Eye Care Centre have one half day per week dedicated to research. Our program continues to work with the residents to ensure they have protected time for their research endeavours.
The Departmental Research Day is a full day event featuring lectures from the visiting professor as well as the residents, the fellows, the Ophthalmic Medical Technology students and the basic science students.
To assist the residents in preparing for their research projects, teaching sessions are given on the Research Ethics Boards application process. Residents are also given guidance on how to approach research in a step-wise manner, in order to remain organized and on schedule.
Residents are encouraged to present and attend conferences to facilitate their professional development. Residents are allotted seven days of conference or academic leave as per the most recent PARO collective agreement. Residents can apply for funding to attend conferences as described below.
All residents in our program also have their registration fee covered and are call-protected for the yearly Sally Letson Symposium. This conference is typically held in Ottawa (when it is in-person) and features many local speakers and a panel of international experts.
Residents can apply for up to $5,800 annually in funding for their research projects from our Research Day and Department of Ophthalmology Research Fund (DORF) Committees.
There are dedicated Research Coordinators within the department which help residents conduct their research projects.
Department Research Day
Our department’s Research Day consists of a full day of presentations by the PGY 2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 Residents, the subspecialty fellows, the Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT) students in their final year, the basic science students, as well as a special, invited guest, the JD Allen Lecturer.
The Research Day is held annually in May. Our invited guest speaker starts off the day with a Grand Rounds presentation to the department, and subsequently gives the J.D. Allen named lecture during the early afternoon. Approximately 80-100 participants are in attendance every year: these are predominantly members of the Department of Ophthalmology, as well as invited guests. The day is full of short, high-level presentations, highlighting the research projects worked on by all the above-mentioned four groups of presenters. During our lunch break, attendees have an opportunity to attend the poster presentations. The Research Day is followed by a reception where prizes are awarded to the most highly ranked presentations