Research On Resident Physician Wellness


Research into resident physician wellness within Alberta has not been a well-studied topic.Residency in Alberta may have specific nuances and challenges that may have gone unrecognized due to the lack of funding and research into resident physician well-being in a systematic method. PARA supports resident physician initiated and resident physician-led research projects on resident physician wellness by offering non-renewable funding to PARA members. 


  1. Applicants must be a PARA member in good standing within the Association.
  2. Resident physicians may win funding a maximum of twice and not in consecutive years.
  3. Only one application per person will be allowed per year.
  4. The duration of funding for each initiative should be limited to 24 months.
  5. PARA Assembly Delegates may apply.
  6. PARA Executive Board members may not be the primary applicant.
  7. Previously funded research projects will not be eligible for reapplication. 

Financial Considerations

Funding may be awarded in values not exceeding $2,500 for each selected project and will closely follow the applicant’s submitted budget. Reimbursement will be subsequent to the submission of the initiative review document.

Applicants will be reimbursed by PARA for costs incurred after submission of receipts. The Funds reimbursed will not be greater than the amount stipulated in the funding application.Should there be extenuating circumstance for cost overruns, the Nominations and AwardsCommittee will consider additional reimbursements on a case-by-case basis.

Maximum of $10,000 per academic year will be available for all supported applications.

Application Process

Research on Resident Physician Wellness funding will be made available to PARA members viathe Nominations and Awards Committee. This committee will be responsible for the announcement, evaluation, and disbursement of the funding to resident physicians on a yearly basis.

The Nominations and Awards Committee will endeavour, where possible, to distribute funding equally to Calgary, Edmonton, Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta, and Central Alberta. Thiscriterion will not restrict the funding of additional applications should there be funds remaining after initial allocation and appropriate applications remain. 

All completed applications submitted by the annual deadline will be considered.

Research On Resident Physician Wellness Form

Research On Resident Physician Wellness Form

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. September 30, annually

Please submit applications to Emma Frieser.

Post Funding Reporting

At the conclusion of the research project, or the academic year’s end (whichever is more appropriate, given the timeline and nature of the project) successful applicants will be required to submit an Initiative Review document, which will include summaries of: 

  • Research project implementation process
  • Perceived successes and challenges experienced
  • Research goals achieved
  • Impact on resident physician wellness
  • Financial expenditures, specifically, the use of PARA funding
  • Proposed improvements if the project were to be implemented again
  • NAC research reimbursement form 

2021 Recipients

University of Alberta

Sarah Shamiya

Topic: Surveying Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/Gyn) resident physicians to gather information on their general understanding of the concept of the Hidden Curriculum (HC) to identify its current negative impacts. By analyzing and characterizing the data into actionable items, the goal is to improve resident physician’s educational experience and wellness. Additionally, the findings will be presented to administrative stakeholders to identify a process where awareness and scrutiny of the HC can be targeted for quality improvement in OB/Gyn and surgical residency programs.

Hypothesis:  An understanding of what the “hidden curriculum” is and its implicit impact on the quality of an OB/Gyn, and ultimately any surgical or other, residency training program, will inform ongoing reform of that program so the hidden curriculum ultimately matches the formal curriculum, while concomitantly preserving resident wellness. 

Crystal Liu

Topic: Investigating the frequency, content category, and urgency of pages received by resident physicians at the University of Alberta hospital. The goal of this project is to assess work load and operational strain experienced by resident physicians from various specialties. Qualitative feedback from resident physicians will provide ways to improve communication and a subsequent thematic analysis will be conducted to identify relevant themes.

Hypothesis: There will be high page volume, with a relatively high proportion of routine pages, in most subspecialties.

Jack Yuan

Topic: A working group of seven internal medicine resident physicians aims to begin informing a more substantial fatigue risk management strategy in their program. The first step of this goal is to identify and examine which rotations, sites and blocks are causing the most fatigue and fatigue-related risks in internal medicine resident physicians at the University of Alberta.

Hypothesis: The rotations that are associated with the highest levels of fatigue and fatigue-related risks will be: ICU, CCU, CTU, and night pool.

University of Calgary

Meagan Roy

Topic: Investigating the relationship between lunch time nutrition and resident physician stress and burnout.

Hypothesis: Attendance at a nutrition session for food preparation will increase the sense of well-being of attendants immediately following the event and decrease the level of self-reported burnout the week following meal preparation.

Shannon Hinds

Topic: Investigating what modifications, interventions, wellness activities and programs PGY1 resident physicians believe would enhance their well-being. This will help to illuminate what resident physicians need to support their wellness and determine what recommendations can be made to achieve improved wellness and well-being.

Hypothesis: That PGY1 resident physicians will endorse having more influence over the order and selection of rotations and flexibility in time away from rotation would enhance their well-being more than additional wellness activities/commitments. 

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