You will require a variety of assistance to complete your Resident Scholar Project. Below is a list of resources that you may find useful.

Research has its own challenges for some residents; however, for others, writing the proposal, ethics application and especially the report adds a whole new layer of complexity and stress. We understand this. If you know this about yourself in advance, or learn it quickly when trying to write your own proposal, etc., please find help before you get too frustrated! Here are some resources you might find useful.

UBC Writing Centre:

Manuscript format for draft writing, final submission and awards application. Download PDF.

Purdue Online Writing Lab:

The University of Edinburgh:

Reference management software, like RefWorks and Zotero, helps you to collect, organize and manage your citations/references while you write referenced papers.



You may apply for additional funds before project completion from a number of different agencies.   UBC also offers some cash awards for promising Scholar Projects.   Please click here for more information.

The Distributed Health Research Methods Course is an online course consisting of 13 modules of research topics. All residents will have access to this course so if you wish to learn more about specific research methods pertaining to your project, you are welcome to watch the videos and do the readings for the specific module in which you are interested. The site is currently hosted on Canvas.

All Projects involving humans (even you or your fellow residents!) must have Ethics Board approval BEFORE starting. This includes interviews, photos, video and simple surveys. Projects using clinical data from patient charts also need Ethics Board approval.  If you are not sure, ask your Site Scholar Faculty. Please see for more information.

See this page for all information about BREB, QI/program evaluation checklist, and end of project ethics requirements.

End of Project Ethics Requirement

To meet the Research Ethics Board (REB) requirements for the 5-year data storage, UBC REB strongly recommends storing research data/information (convert paper documents to electronic) for the required 5-year period in MS Teams Onedrive at the following link  Research Data. A department administrator will delete the files after the 5-year requirement has passed. If you are uploading a file with participant identifiable information, please password protect it and ensure the research assistant has the password.

The research preceptor and the site research faculty serve a supervisory and mentorship role in the resident scholarship project. Residents’ scholarship project experience is greatly affected by the nature of this supervision.  By working closely and communicating effectively with their research preceptor and site research faculty residents will enhance the quality of their scholarship project and their educational experiences. The responsibilities of the faculty and preceptor can be found here.

Every resident is allowed to claim up to $200 in expenses from their Site. Working in groups therefore increases the total funding on a project. Legitimate expenses may include stationery and supplies or small gifts, draw prizes, or token compensation for subjects participating in your research. Expenses must be reasonable in the judgment of your Site administration or Site Faculty for Research and will not be refunded without receipts.

Fraser Health Authority

Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre
Phone: 604-851-4700 ext. 646825

Burnaby Hospital
Phone: 604-412-6255

Chilliwack General Hospital
Phone:604-795-4141 ext.4437

Royal Columbian Hospital
Phone: 604-520-4281

Surrey Memorial Hospital
Phone: 604 585-5666 ext. 772467

Libraries also located at the following sites:

  • Delta Hospital
  • Eagle Ridge Hospital
  • Fraser Canyon Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Mission Memorial Hospital
  • Peace Arch Hospital
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital

For more information contact

Island Health Authority

Central/North Island Library Services
Phone: (250) 755-7691 ext. 53058 or 53059

Royal Jubilee Hospital
Phone: (250) 370-8723 or 8612

Victoria General Hospital
Phone: (250) 727-4204

Interior Health Authority

Central Interior Health Contact: 

Kelowna General Hospital
Phone: 250-980-1321

Royal Inland Hospital
Phone: 250-314-2234

Vernon Jubilee Hospital
Phone: 250-558-1219

Penticton Regional Hospital
Phone 250-492-4000 ext 31466 

Northern Health Authority

University Hospital of Northern BC
Phone: 250-565-2219

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Lions Gate Hospital

Richmond Hospital

Vancouver Community

Gordon and Leslie Diamond Centre by VGH

Please click here to download an introduction to writing literature reviews

Open Meta-Analyst (OMA):

OpenMEE (Meta Analysis for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) which is a free extension of OMA done by the same EPC that can do funnel plots.

Resources for Learning (and Teaching) How to Conduct Meta-Analyses
By John Sakaluk, Patrick Forscher, Katie Corker, Jin Goh, Kyle Hamilton, Michael Bosnjak…

A quick-reference guide for prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in the outpatient setting.
Issue: BCMJ, vol. 60 , No. 8 , October 2018 , Pages 392-397 Clinical Articles
By: Patricia Caddy, MD Kesh Smith, MD

Low-acuity presentations to the emergency department
Reasons for and access to other health care providers before presentation
Issue: Canadian Family Physician August 2018, 64 (8) e354-e360
By: Kimberley Sancton, Leila Sloss, Jonathan Berkowitz, Nardia Strydom and Rita McCracken

People in regular society don't think you can be a good mother and have a substance use problem
Participatory action research with women with substance use in pregnancy
Issue: Canadian Family Physician July 2018, 64 (7) e309-e316
By: Kali Gartner, Kelly Elliott, Michelle Smith, Hilary Pearson, Georgia Hunt and Ruth Elwood Martin

Uptake of a free province-wide telephone interpretation service by family physicians in BC
Issue:  BCMJ, vol. 65 , No. 5 , June 2023 , Pages 165-170 Clinical Articles
By: Michelle Ng, MD, CCFP Wynn Tran, MD, CCFP Patricia Gabriel, MD, MSc, CCFP

Development of a Planetary Health curriculum based on CFPC recommendations for Planetary Health integration into Family Medicine Resident Training
By: Drs Mackenzie Moleski, Joanna Ritson, PJ Retief and Alaina Terpstra.

To search previous resident project abstracts, please click here.

To login, you will need the universal login and password, which can be obtained by emailing your Site Faculty for Research. Please do not share this login and password beyond the UBC community.

To search resident project abstracts from 2018 onwards, please go to the Program Wide Entrada page.


The repository is a way for current R1s looking for a Scholarship idea and PI to browse current active projects and connect with potential PIs. It is also a way for current R1s to advertise any potential ideas to connect with other R1s.

For R2s, if you are completing your project but have further work to do (for publication etc) and would like to advertise for a continuation of your project, this is a way for you to do so.

The link is Please contact your Site Faculty for Research for the password.

This is a step by step guide (with PI steps) for the Scholar Project. It includes general timelines for residents as well as responsibilities for your Primary Investigator. Click here to download the guide. A PI role clarification document can also be found here.

This is a key document for your scholarly project. Every resident needs to fill out a research proposal for submission to their site faculty prior to commencing their project. For projects requiring ethics this will also be submitted as part of your ethics proposal. Click here to download a Research Proposal Template.

The Department of Family Medicine has engaged Emmes Canada to provide statistical support for Resident Scholar projects. Emmes is a global Clinical Research Organization (CRO) that supports clinical trials and public health research projects. The Canadian office is based out of Vancouver and has a strong background in statistical design and analysis and they have collaborated with researchers across academia, government, and industry to produce high-quality research and publications.

Residents are encouraged to contact to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a statistician to determine the needs of their project.

For assistance in determining when you should see a statistician, click here.

The UBC Survey Tool is provided by Qualtrics. It is an easy-to-use, top-tier survey tool platform that offers a wide range of features. It complies with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) because the survey data is kept secure and is stored and backed up in Canada.

NOTE: If you use the UBC Survey Tool, your name will be available to other users of the tool. This feature is important to facilitate collaboration.

The UBC Survey Tool is available to all UBC faculty, staff, students, and sponsored guests with a valid CWL account. Users can login at with their CWL account to access the tool immediately.