PHRI Scientist Darryl Leong is the new Research Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at McMaster University.
The role involves:
1. Ensuring residents in Internal Medicine achieve the Royal College’s research training requirements, which includes the conduct of a research project.
2. Facilitating didactic teaching of the IM residents in research methodology.
3. Helping residents connect with relevant faculty supervisors, who will supervise their individual research projects.
He brings to the role a wealth of research expertise gained at PHRI, where he leads the cancer survivorship program and works on the main global PURE study and sub-studies, PURE COVID-19, and PURE-ICE, a global study of cancer epidemiology.
Teach, inspire and nurture
“As Canada’s most research-intensive university, we at McMaster have an important responsibility to teach residents in Internal Medicine how to evaluate the quality of medical evidence, inspire some of them to pursue careers as clinician scientists, and create an environment in which a scientific clinical career can flourish,” Darryl says.
“In this role, I hope to contribute towards these goals, so that the next generation of researchers will enjoy even more success and do impactful research to improve people’s health and wellbeing.”
An Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) at McMaster, and a cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences, Darryl’s formal training including a Masters of Biostatistics, Masters of Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy.
He notes that current research projects in the Internal Medicine Residency Program are in diverse specialties, and that “moving forward, I hope that some of them will consider a team project that is conceived and led by residents, with faculty only being there for guidance.”
Note: The banner photo is from the 2018 PHRI Research Day.