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Opportunities for Learners and Investigators

Opportunities for Learners and Investigators

Research experience and scholarship is a very important component of medical education and training. Understanding how to ask and answer questions within a research, evaluation, or quality improvement context will help learners improve critical appraisal and collaborative skills as well as increase their awareness of relevant healthcare issues in the Waterloo-Wellington Region. Many McMaster learners are looking for opportunities to engage the local community in collaborative research and quality improvement. Many also have requisite experience in research and quality improvement.    

For local clinicians, researchers, and healthcare organizations, the opportunity to engage a McMaster learner in a research or quality improvement project provides voluntary capacity to address specific questions or initiatives that otherwise would not be possible. Students receive planning and methodological support through the campus Research Lead. Overall, research activities strengthen innovation in the Waterloo-Wellington Region.

Projects can range from scientific experimental and observational studies, continuous quality improvement initiatives, program evaluation, and review/development of best practice and policy.  The projects can be very specific to clinical issues or broadly focused on health service issues. Learner engagement in the projects can also range.  As some projects may span numerous phases and timeframes different learners may engage in the same project over time. Other projects may include a single learner and last several weeks to months. Learners can engage in new or existing projects. The options are open and dependent on learner and mentor needs and capacity.

We invite local clinicians, researchers, and healthcare organizations to engage our learners in research and quality improvement projects by becoming informal research mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a research mentor or supervisor please contact us:


Graham Campbell
Research Assistant | Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus
T: 519-885-5426 ext 21148 | ​campb4@mcmaster.ca

Dr. Andrew Costa
Research Lead | Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus
Assistant Professor | Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging | Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
McMaster University | acosta@mcmaster.ca
IHB-McMaster 3016, 10B Victoria St. S., Kitchener, ON N2G 1C5 | 519 885 5426 x21108

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