Message from Dr. Eva Grunfeld, Giblon Professor and Vice-Chair, Research
The DFCM Research Program was established in 1995 to create a critical mass of Family Medicine researchers; provide faculty with protected research time; develop research excellence and productivity; and build an infrastructure to support research. The DFCM’s number one strategic direction is to “revitalize our research mission, enterprise and impact” and the research theme is “enhancing quality and effectiveness”. As Vice-Chair, Research these are the goals that my Research Program colleagues and I still aspire towards.
The DFCM currently supports 26 faculty members through its Investigator Awards Program in order to provide protected research time. We feel that it is important to address the entire “life cycle” of the Family Medicine researcher to further our goal of enhancing research capacity. To this end we created two new research career funding opportunities in 2011 for faculty, namely Fellowships and New Investigators.
The Research Program faculty are also actively involved in providing research consultations and mentoring to faculty, staff and students. The Research Program provides additional services such as grant application preparation/submission, grant budget preparation/administration, CIHR Common CV/WebCV preparation, and an internal voluntary grant proposal review process.
The DFCM has committed to creating the DFCM-wide University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN). Practice-based research networks have been described as "new clinical laboratories for primary care research and dissemination". UTOPIAN will provide a platform on which DFCM faculty and its learners from all sites can become involved in clinically important research that will have direct impact on the care of their patients.
Prof. Eva Grunfeld, MD, DPhil, FCFP
Giblon Professor and Vice-Chair, Research