Hands on Training Workshop on Research – Jan/Feb 2018

Hands on Training Workshop on Research – Jan/Feb 2018

Drawing experts in research the Department of Family Medicine, USJP hosted the first ‘Hands on Training Workshop on Research’ for MD trainees in Family Medicine which was held over 6 days (36 hours) in January and February 2018. The workshop was convened by Professor Antoinette Perera and Dr. Hiranthini De Silva.

This workshop was an opportunity for trainees to submit pre-proposals, present completed research work, clarify doubts and to gain experience in basic and advance statistics relevant to their research.

Our objectives were to create an opportunity for Family Medicine trainees to gain skills in research methods, generation of hypothesis, analysis of data, proposal writing and critical appraisal of scientific evidence. All pre-MD Family Medicine trainees currently attached to the PGIM participated in the workshop.

Resource panel comprised of Prof. S. Sivayogan (Emeritus Professor of Community Medicine, USJP), Prof. Rajitha Wickremasinghe (Cadre Chair & Professor

of Public Health, University of Kelaniya, Prof. Antoinette Perera (Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine USJP), Dr. Shyamale Samaranayaka (Senior Lecturer & Head Department of Family Medicine USJP) and Dr. Hiranthini De Silva (Lecturer in Family Medicine USJP).

The areas covered were:

  • How to select a research topic
  • Developing a research question and keywords
  • Ethical issues
  • Presentation of researchers ideas/proposal by participants
  • Literature review
  • Use of a Reference management tool
  • Data management and Statistics
  • Critical Appraisal

The real benefit of this workshop—and what makes it unique— this was first of its kind and was individualized to the trainees’ needs and areas of limitation.

In a post-workshop feedback survey, attendees expressed appreciation for the high quality of the workshop, the relevance and use of it for their development and the individualized nature of the workshop, which led to in-depth discussions.

The workshop was sponsored by the National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research (NCPCAR), USJP and I wish to thank Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, Director NCPCAR for his support and cooperation.



Dr. Hiranthini De Silva