Our Department’s Research Day consists of presentations by the PGY 2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 Residents, the Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT) students in their final year, and the basic science students as well as the JD Allen Lecturer, an invited guest.
Each presenting resident can apply for internal funding for their Research Day project for up to $5,800 and each OMT student may apply for up to $2,000 annually from our Research Day and Department of Ophthalmology Research Fund (DORF) Committees following a set of guidelines, which were established by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and by our Department of Ophthalmology Research Day/DORF and Executive Committees. Our Department’s Executive Committee provides final approval of the funded projects.
The Research Day is held in May, with an invited guest speaker who generally presents Grand Rounds to the Department and the J.D. Allen named lecture during the early afternoon. About 80-100 registered attendees, predominantly members from the Department of Ophthalmology as well as other invited guests, usually attend the Rounds and the remainder of the Research Day. The remainder of the Research Day consists of presentations of the research projects by all the above-mentioned 3 groups of presenters. During our lunch break, all the registered attendees have an opportunity to attend the poster presentation session. The Research Day is followed by a reception where prizes are awarded to the most highly ranked presentations.