Research Workshops

Workshop #1:

The ABC’s of Scholarly Practice: Putting research into practice

Increasingly the competency framework for health care professionals includes research. Research covers a broad range of activities ranging from quality improvement (QI) to the scholarship of teaching and learning and applied clinical research, and is sometimes referred to as academic practice.

Scholarly Practice is the intentional application of evidence-informed knowledge and ongoing scholarly inquiry to optimize health outcomes, patient experience, work environments; and the development of health care providers, educators, researchers, and leaders.

This hands-on, interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of research in practice.


Topics of this workshop will include:

  • The continuum between QI and Research
  • Crafting a research question
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research
  • Considering ethical perspectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify practice issues that are amenable to research
  • Explore and experience different approaches to scholarly inquiry (e.g. best practice, clinical research and education, scholarship, research, evaluation)
  • Engage in scholarly conversation

Workshop #2:

Fundamentals of a Quality Improvement Project

The purpose of this workshop is to illustrate the steps required to complete a Quality Improvement (QI) project.


Topics of this workshop will include:

  • Differences between QI and Research
  • The role of a literature review in a QI process
  • Formal QI models and the rationale for selecting one
  • Identifying appropriate metrics
  • How to make a case for change

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate how QI differs from Research
  • Situate the role of a literature review within the process of QI
  • Employ PDSA as a formal model (among many options) to guide QI
  • Identify metrics that will persuade a target audience about the need for change
  • Appreciate the value of consultation
  • Brainstorm effective ways to use a QI approach to improve existing practice