Hello, and welcome to the Department of Medicine Research! 

Here at Brock VHS, we’ve designed a one-year research curriculum to complement clinical training and support faculty career advancement.  Our curriculum includes monthly workshops and journal clubs led by our very own research faculty and guest speakers.  Research workshops are designed to teach research skills and emphasize study design, whereas research journal club is designed to apply these skills to published literature.  These sessions are voluntary, held in the evening, and often include other community members, such as faculty, staff, and students.  Examples of our workshop topics include, “How to Write for Medical Journals”, “Grant Writing 101”, “Epidemiology Research” and more.

Our faculty are academic clinicians and have a wide range of interests.  Some are passionate about educational research and innovation.  Others have secondary data analysis expertise or wish to explore observational and survey-based research.  We have several active clinical trials at the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology and the Strelitz Diabetes Center.  Many of our residents are currently working on systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, or are pursuing retrospective studies.  

As the largest department here at the university, we are essential to promoting and sustaining a positive culture of research in our community.  One way we achieve this is by releasing a monthly newsletter called In Ignotis, which is Latin for “Into the unknown.”  In the spirit of discovery and innovation, the research we do here in the Department of Medicine is driven by this need to expand what is known, and therefore pursue the unknown.  Every issue features research in different divisions.  It celebrates residents, fellows, and faculty who publish peer-reviewed papers, present at local, national, and international conferences or are awarded grants.  In this newsletter, we also post upcoming abstract deadlines and feature one clinician-researcher each month who shares advice about study development, mentorship, challenges overcome, etc.  Ignotis is an excellent opportunity for trainees to identify faculty mentors.  It also encourages collaboration and brings our department together.   

Whatever your research experience or interest may be, we want to work with YOU to develop well-designed, large-scale, high-impact studies. 

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