McMaster University

McMaster University

Research & Conferences

Pediatric Research

Dr. Anthony Chan-Associate Chair

Research for Pediatric Residents

A list of faculty members and their research interests is listed on this website. Please feel free to contact these individuals if there is an area of research that you are interested in.


Guidelines and Expectations

The following are mandatory activities for all McMaster Pediatric Residents:

  • Completion of a Scholarly Project

Resident Research Guidelines and Expectations

Residents much present their work at scientific meetings in the form of a poster or oral presentation. In the event that a resident's conference/travel costs exceed the travel awards policy as listed above, the residency program will consider supporting these costs on an ad hoc basis under the same guidelines. These requests for additional funds should be submitted to the Program Director and Research Committee.


Research Opportunities

Research Faculty List

  • Research Electives

Research electives are available to provide the residents with "protected" research time. Electives can either be arranged on a "horizontal" or "block" basis. Horizontal electives can be taken as a half day per week during non-service rotations and block electives on a one or two month basis in place of clinical elective time. All residents interested in pursuing a research elective must formally apply for these electives. Written requests must be submitted and approved by the Program Director as well as the research supervisor. Goals and objectives for the elective must be outlined in agreement with the research supervisor and the clinical rotation supervisor if considering a horizontal electives. It is the respnsibility of the research supervisor to ensure adequate support and education is provided during the elective, and that appropriate progress in the research has been made. As for any elective, a rotation evaluation form must be completed at the end of the elective.

Request for Elective form



  • Health Sciences Librarian:

Jo-Anne Petropoulos

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 24168


Resident Research Database


Password: (please contact Research Committee)

This database contains current and past resident's scholarly activity, and is a great resource for resident's interests and achievements. Please forward your projects, presentations and publications to the resident representative of the Research Committee or the purposes of updating this database.


Critical Appraisal Course

The critical appraisal is organized by the research committee and is run throughout the year. The objectives of the course are to a) equip the residents with the ability to critically appraise scientific articles and b) preparation for critical appraisal questions that arise in their Royal College exams.


Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum in Child Health (PORCCH)

PORCCH is a series of interactive, online modules for patients and families, researchers, clinicians, trainees and anyone interested in learning more about patient-oriented research in child health. The modules are free. All you have to do is register and you can access them at any time, any place. When you finish a module, you will receive a certificate of completion.  

The modules cover the following topics: 

  • Research 101 Part 1: What is health research and who is involved? 
    In this module you will be introduced to patient-oriented health research and the key players involved. This module is primarily intended for patients and families, and anyone without a formal research background. 
  • Research 101 Part 2: Timeline of a research study 
    This module will explore the stages of a research study, how patients and families can get involved in research, and the challenges and benefits of patient-oriented child health research. This module is primarily intended for patients and families, and anyone without a formal research background. 
  • Patient Engagement 101 Part 1: Foundations of patient engagement 
    In this module you will learn about the key concepts of effective patient engagement in child health research. This module is primarily intended for researchers and clinicians, but can be taken by anyone interested in learning more about the topic.  
  • Patient Engagement 101 Part 2: Patient engagement in practice 
    This module will help you understand how to effectively engage patients in child health research.  This module is primarily intended for clinicians and researchers, but can be taken by anyone interested in learning more about the topic.   
  • Research Ethics 101 (Coming soon) 
    This module will provide a general introduction to research ethics and highlight some ethical issues in patient-oriented research. It is primarily intended for patients and families, but can be taken by anyone interested in learning more about the topic.  



Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

"Research H.E.L.P. - Everyone can be a researcher! Research H.E.L.P. is a series of lunch-and-learn sessions created to provide guidance and support for staff and new researchers who have a research question they would like to explore, or are just interested in learning more about how research happens. We welcome all staff, volunteers and new researchers that would like to learn more about research to attend our upcoming Research H.E.L.P. session.

Register here


Research Funding & Awards


Previously awarded residents & abstracts



  • List of Pediatric Conferences (more information to come)

Conference/Travel Funds Policy