The SRPC Research Committee is dedicated to improving the accessibility and awareness of Canadian and International rural health research to SRPC members at any stage in their career. This page outlines important aspects of current rural health research in Canada, including research opportunities, upcoming research events, and highlights of recent publications.
Master of Medical Studies program - Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Opportunity Type: Master of Medical Studies
Where: Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Posted on SRPC website: 26-Jul-2021
More Information: The Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program will provide foundational research skills for physicians who want to develop a robust approach to answering health care questions. The program will focus on developing the necessary skills to acquire grant funding, obtain ethics approval, develop a research question and appropriate methodology, complete the research study, and finally write and present the results at conferences and in publication. Our goal is for learners to focus on health care problems in the north to improve the health status of all people in northern, rural, and remote communities. The MMS uses an asynchronous model to deliver the course material, the courses will be available online. Students can complete this program remotely with a flexible schedule. There is no in person requirement for this program.
Medical Student Research Opportunity
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Principle Investigator: Dr. Sarah Lespérance
Posted on SRPC website: 29-Apr-2021
More Information: Are you a medical student interested in rural research, resilience, and generalism? A research study related to systemic challenges and resilience protectors, in relation to scope of practice of rural physicians, is looking to hire a student to help with knowledge translation work, as well as possible development of further research proposals in this domain. The timeframe would be to complete work between now and July 31, 2021 due to grant deadlines. If you might be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is available for graduate students and health professionals who are interested in conducting patient-oriented research
NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL are excited to announce that funding is available for graduate students and health professionals who are interested in conducting patient-oriented research. At least one grant for each funding opportunity will be designated for research led by an Indigenous student/health professional or in partnership with an Indigenous community:
GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING
NL SUPPORT’s annual educational funding competition has reopened for new or current graduate students with an interest in translational, applied or other patient-oriented research. Funding is available for up to two years for an MSc and three years for a PhD student, beginning January 2022. The value of this award will be for a maximum of $14,000/year for Masters’ students and $18,000/year for PhDs. For details, guidelines and application materials, visit https://www.nlsupport.ca/Funding/Educational-Funding-Opportunities
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL FUNDING
NL SUPPORT invites health professionals working actively in a clinical role who would like to move into research or have a specific question with a patient-oriented research focus to apply to our annual health professional-led funding competition. Up to five grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded. For details, guidelines and application materials, visit https://www.nlsupport.ca/Funding/Health-Professional-led-Research-Grants
Inquiries about these funding opportunities?
Contact: NL SUPPORT’s Julia Elizabeth Burt email@example.com
The prevalence and patterns of use of point-of-care ultrasound in Newfoundland and Labrador
Authors: Gillian Sheppard, MD, Augustine Joshua Devasahayam, PhD, Craig Campbell, BSc, Maisam Najafizada, PhD, Yanqing Yi, PhD & Amanda Power, RN
Journal: Can J Rural Med (2021)
Summary & Impact: This cross-sectional study's primary focus was to collect data on the prevalence of use of point-of-care ultrasounds (POCUS) within Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). Physicians in NL were also interviewed for a qualitative analysis on their POCUS usage, including benefits and impediments to usage. This was the first study of its kind to report on the prevalence of POCUS devices in Canada. Rural physicians in NL had limited access to POCUS devices, compared to urban physicians, and have identified barriers to POCUS training. The results from this study could help in creating a province-wide POCUS network, connecting physicians in rural areas with POCUS experts, improving healthcare access.
Meet the Corresponding Author
Dr. Gillian Sheppard completed her Medical Degree and her residency training in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine from Memorial University. Since 2011, Dr. Sheppard has been practicing Emergency Medicine at Eastern Health in St. John’s, NL.
In 2015, Dr. Sheppard became an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Memorial University. Dr. Sheppard is the Undergraduate Content Lead for Emergency Medicine at Memorial University, and she is the Chair of the Emergency Medicine Research Committee. Dr. Sheppard has been the Director of POCUS since 2016 and has a special interest in undergraduate POCUS education and research. In 2020, Dr. Sheppard joined the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Emergency Ultrasound Committee as the Education Lead, and she is the Chair of the CAEP Women in Emergency Medicine Committee.
Question: Why is studying rural and remote health in Canada important to you?
Dr. Sheppard: Necessity drives innovation. Rural
healthcare providers are faced with doing more for patients with fewer
resources and they have the knowledge and skills to provide insight into the
solutions required to best serve their populations. Research in Canada should
aim to learn from our rural healthcare providers and then plan educational
opportunities and research projects to support them.
Photo: Gillian Sheppard