Welcome to Research at the Waterloo Regional Campus.
We define research as any systematic mode of inquiry that produces new knowledge. We are most interested in clinically and educationally relevant knowledge, including knowledge related to quality improvement.
For learners who are interested in interpreting clinical research we have undergraduate and post-graduate Evidence-based Medicine Workshop Series, jointly coordinated by learners and the Research Lead. Our Evidence-based Medicine Workshop Series function similarly to those within many post-graduate academic half-days. We tend to focus on topical peer-reviewed literature that utilize epidemiological methods.
For learners interested in conducting research you may find suitable opportunities through mentors and clinical teachers that share a research interest or during electives. You are welcome to enlist the support of the Research Lead or Research Coordinator to help identify relevant research opportunities. Research opportunities at the Waterloo Regional Campus tend to focus on applied clinical questions, quality improvement and patient safety, medical education, and literature reviews/synthesis. Some learners pursue a formal research elective that is one or two weeks in duration.
We welcome local clinicians, administrators, and researchers to engage our learners in research and quality improvement projects by becoming informal research mentors. Projects can range from scientific experimental and observational studies, continuous quality improvement initiatives, program evaluation, and review/development of best practice and policy. We support research mentors with methodological guidance and knowledge translation.
Please explore our WRC Research Department website for news, opportunities, and resources.
Dr. Andrew Costa
Andrew Costa, PhD
Research Lead | Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus
Assistant Professor | Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging | Dept. of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (formerly "Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics")
Scientist | Big Data and Geriatric Models of Care Cluster | bdg.mcmaster.ca
Associate Member | Dept. of Medicine, McMaster University