Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine Queen's University


The Department of Emergency Medicine values research and scholarly work.  There are numerous faculty members with graduate training in clinical epidemiology and several other faculty and administrators dedicated to support resident research. We also have a team of research nurses present in both Emergency Departments available to assist residents with clinical research projects.

Our Department has several established areas of research expertise which residents can readily become involved with and these include: Toxicology, Clinical Decision Rules, Injury Surveillance, Emergency Department Ultrasound, Procedural Sedation, Syndrome Surveillance, Trauma, and Medical Education.

All FRCPC Emergency Medicine residents have access to a novel online research training curriculum, which is completed in the first-year of the residency program. This eight module series covers topics including:

  • Developing a research question
  • Searching the literature
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Study designs
  • Basic statistics
  • Clinical decision rules
  • Research resources at KGH and Queen’s University

Each module is followed by a tutorial session with an emergency medicine faculty member active in clincial research.

In the second year of the residency program, trainees complete a critically appraised topic on a research question of their choosing. Support is provided by faculty members and the resident writes up their project and presents it at our annual research day.

The senior years of the residency program offer the trainee the opportunity to reinforce their research knowledge and skills by developing their own research project, again supported by an emergency medicine faculty member. Residents will be supported with departmental funds to attend conferences to present their research work. There is also an option to take one or more elective blocks for research activities.

FRCPC residents will take the lead in organizing the department’s monthly Journal Club by selecting and presenting a recent article from the Emergency Medicine literaure. Journal Club sessions are hosted at faculty members homes and are always an engaging and enjoyable experience. Journal club provides an opportunity to practice the critical appraisal skills honed in the early years of residency and develop valuable teaching skills.