Dr. Ryan Rochon
The Office of Surgical Research provides members of the Department of Surgery with resources and supports to enhance research initiatives within the department. They offer various operational and salary support grants such as the Calgary Surgical Research Development Fund (CSRDF) as well as the Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP). They can assist with grant writing, ethics submissions, navigating policies, creating research goals, networking within the institution and statistical support. More information can be found at: ucalgary.ca/osr.
The Clinical Investigator Program is a two-year accredited research program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The program gives residents and fellows the opportunity to pursue a MSc, PhD or Postdoctoral training as part of their training. In addition to salary support, the program offers weekly seminars and an annual research day as well as many added benefits such as software licenses, networking opportunities, peer review and so on. More information can be found at: cumming.ucalgary.ca/cip.
The Surgeon Scientist Program supports residents within the Department of Surgery to pursue a Masters or PhD while enrolled in surgical training. Funding of $60,000.00/yr is available on a competitive renewal system. Residents interested in pursuing advanced degrees at another institution often benefit from this funding as there is no requirement to pursue their degree at the University of Calgary. More information can be found on this website.
Many residents have completed a Master’s degree or PhD during General Surgery Training. If you have current and specific questions regarding research support and planning please feel free to reach out to Dr. Alysha Keehn who is currently a PGY-3 and PhD student in our program.
Every year the program hosts a “wellness weekend” usually held in Banff, Alberta. The residents meet and engage in a series of sessions on topics of residents’ choice (i.e. family life, leadership, finances as a surgeon, mindfulness, sleep) as well as take part in lots of fun activities such as skiing, skating, and the hotel hot tub!
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