I&T Research Project Day 2015

I&T Research Project Day 2015

As part of the Integration & Transition (I&T) course, fourth-year students were required to participate in a Group Research Project (either completion of a research proposal or formulating and answering a clinical question), which culminated today in the presentation of their research. The group research project was designed to provide an opportunity for students to actively engage in a research-related activity on a topic that is of interest to them at this time and potentially throughout their years in residency.

Dr. Gerry Cooper

Dr. Gerry Cooper

"The vision for our new Year 4 course, Integration and Transition" explains Dr. Teresa VanDeven, "is to offer students a course that supports integration of basic and clinical science knowledge, supports active learning and moves students to achieve a higher degree of autonomy and self-directed learning."

Dr. Teresa VanDeven

Dr. Teresa VanDeven

A panel of judges reviewed the rows of posters in Western's Great Hall as students delivered oral presentations describing their research, considering the quality of the clinical or research question being explored. Dr. Gary Tithecott, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education would like to thank Dr. Christina Cookson, Dr. Gerry Cooper, Dr. George Kim, Dr. Jennifer Jaco, Dr. Michelle Levy, Stacy Miller, Dr. Teresa VanDeven, and Dr. Eric Wong, with special thank you to Dr. Laura Diachun for her thought-provoking questions during the oral presentations.

Rows of Posters  

The overarching objectives of the project served as an effective wrap-up to four years of medical education, requiring students to work as a group to contribute to the creation, dissemination, application and translation of new knowledge and practices. Students used the scientific method to further understanding of human health, disease, and illness, and to demonstrate how the results of scientific and translational research can be applied to clinical medicine.

Oral Presentations   

While determining winners among such an impressive display of effort was challenging, several groups stood out and were recognized as follows:

Oral Presentation

  • Group 28 - Francesca Schiavone, Lauren Forrest, Ben Langer and Ari Juda (London)
    • Psychotherapy vs. SSRIs for Pediatric OCD

Poster Presentation

  • Group 27 - Kristin VanSligtenhorst, Emily Harrison, Charlotte Hunter and Jessie Flear (London)
    • What are Canadian family physicians' perceived barriers to the management of obesity in clinical practice?

Honourable Mentions (Posters)

  • Group 10 - Sarah Donaldson, Sonika Kainth and Angela Cavanagh (London)
    • How does Diabetes Knowledge correlate with Diabetic Control for Non-Insulin Depended Diabetes in Ontario?
  • Group 24 - Afiza Elahi, Joshua Hwang and Vidushi Khatri (London)
    • Initial presenting complaints and themes of young patients with Bipolar disorder: A qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Group 26 - Mary Feng and Angela Zhang (London)
    • Effect of a computer based optic disc educations module on interobserver agreement between trainees, general opthalmologists, and glaucoma specialists
  • Group 42 - Kevin Biswas, Sarah Sikkema, Rucha Kandekar and Phillip Tremblay (Windsor)
    • Calcium channel blockers for the treatment of alcohol-induced hypertension
  • Group 46 - Zoe Kichler, Chris Pasarikovski, Reece Schemmer and Meg Hagarty (Windsor)
    • The Social Anxiety Network: Examining the Effects of Social Medial on Social Anxiety Disorder