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Research is strongly supported by the Department and a resident research project is a mandatory requirement for RCPSC certification.  Opportunities exist within the Department and additional research options are facilitated through extensive linkages with other departments at Queen’s.   Residents are encouraged to present their projects at the Department’s annual Research Day and at professional meetings, and to submit their manuscripts for peer reviewed publication.  Department funding for resident research projects is available up to a maximum of $6000.  Residents who are interested in completing a graduate degree concurrent with their PM&R program may do so through the new Clinician Investigator Program, benefitting those interested in a career in academic physiatry.

Members of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Queen’s University are involved with and collaborate in various research projects. The following list exemplifies some recent and ongoing projects:

Does Mental Practice Promote Cortical Reorganization and Improved Hand Function in Acute Stroke?

Qualitative Assessment of Proximal Joints of the Upper Extremity in Chronic Stroke Subjects

Robotic assessment of Spasticity in the Upper Extremity of Stroke Patients

Preventing Chronic Disability: A Subacute Cognitive-Behavioural Disability Management Program for Occupational Injuries of the Lower Back

Development of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Assessing Human Spinal Cord Injuries

Synthesis of the Literature Scan to Integrate Rehabilitation Services into Primary Health Care Settings
- Primary Health Care for Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries in Ontario
- Models of Primary Care for Disabled Populations

Developing Physical Activity Recommendations And Interventions For People With Spinal Cord Injury - Determining The Prevalence And Health Benefits Of Physical Activity In SCI

Experiences of Factors affecting Activities and Participation in Persons with Disability

Intercultural Continuing Professional Education - the Learner Perspective

Wheels Project - comparing pediatric wheelchairs for low-resource settings

Translating Research on Spinal Cord Injury into Family Practice

Rural and Urban Differences – the Experience of People with Disabilities in Canada

Sensorimotor testing for early identification of individuals at risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Identifying perceived challenges in continuing health professional education across cultures

Burden of bowel dysfunction in individuals with spinal cord injury

Evaluating the impact of day rehabilitation for persons recovering from mild to moderate stroke