Emergency Medicine Research


Emergency Medicine Research Group Researcher Dr. Andrew McRae

Emergency Medicine Research

The Emergency Medicine Research Group exists to improve patient and family care and health system efficiency through actionable research, collaboration, and mentorship.

Research Team


James Andruchow

Researcher
Emergency Medicine

Grant Innes

Senior Researcher
Emergency Medicine

Eddy Lang

Department Head
Emergency Medicine

Katie Lin

Associate Research Director
Emergency Medicine

Andrew McRae

Researcher - Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine

Catherine Patocka

FRCPC Residency Program Director
Emergency Medicine

Stephanie VandenBerg

Research Director
Emergency Medicine

Consulting our Research Team


Responsibilities of a Principle Investigator

PI’s working with the Department of Emergency Medicine will be expected to complete the following independently (with resource support from the Research Coordinator/Administrator)

  1. Develop study protocol and statistical analysis plan (SAP)

    .

  2. Design Audit Protocols

    With the expectation of auditing 10% of data collected

  3. Design and sign off on Chart Review Forms (CRFs)

    - if applicable

  4. Submit own ethics, amendments and yearly renewals

    - as needed

  5. Design online data entry form, if applicable, prior to study initiation

    For example, using the REDCap online platform 
    https://redcap.ucalgary.ca/

  1. CHREB Documentation

    For assistance with documentation required for consent, please see the University of Calgary's Forms and Documents including the CHREB Oral Consent Script template.

  2. Video

    For more information on obtaining consent in research, please see this video, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Study Team Research Certification

PI’s are also responsible for ensuring that every member of the study team has completed and submitted certificates of completion for the following research modules (please submit to our Emergency Medicine Research Administrator)

GCP - Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice Modules 

EXPIRY: Every 3 Years

GCP Certification

TCPS2: CORE

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2: CORE) 

(Most physicians in the Calgary Zone will already have completed the following and are required submit their certificates of completion)

TCPS2 Certification

AHS - Info & Privacy

Health Information Act and Freedom of Information and Protection Act Training

AHS - Training


Research Ethics and AHS Health Systems Access Assistance

We have compiled a repository of successful ethics application to assist you in completing your own.

Please login into the Sharepoint website using your UCalgary credentials or email our research administrator for access permission.


Department Approval (prior to Ethics submission)

All Emergency Medicine CHREB applications require the signature of the Department Head, Dr. Eddy Lang. Please fill out the following form with your project details and send to Dr. Lang and Amani Otoom for review and approval prior to submitting to ethics. This document should then be uploaded under "Documents" on the CHREB IRISS portal.

Department Approval Form

CHREB - Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board

Please visit the University of Calgary's Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board for information about accessing IRISS, ethics forms, templates and contacts.

For IRISS account set up, please visit: https://www.ucalgary.ca/iriss/

Project Budget

If your study is funded, please also ensure you include a budget form and upload it under the "Documents" section in the CHREB IRISS portal.

Budget Summary Form

After Ethics Approval

AHS Resource Request

AHS Resource Request (submitted after your REB application has been approved): You will automatically receive an email from Vivian Bahn (Vivian.Banh@albertahealthservices.ca), Health Systems Access Assistant, giving you the next steps for obtaining AHS approval to access AHS data, if you require it for your study. This includes access to platforms such as SCM (if research based, you cannot use your clinical SCM access but must request Research “view only” access) and any electronic paper charts.

Lately, this email has been delayed by a few months so please email Vivian directly if you require AHS approvals in an expedited manner (otherwise it could take 6 months from the time you receive REB approval to when you are granted approval to access AHS data)

Please note: Paper chart requests from Health Information Services (HIM) are $3.00 for each chart, plus applicable taxes. Please ensure you have a valid University of Calgary Project ID/Fund with which to pay the HIM invoice for chart pulls.


Funded Projects

For assistance with Funding Set up including Project Account initiation, please contact our research administrator.

Applies to fully funded projects employing different levels of research staff

Screening Only

  • Ability to identify eligible patients based on study inclusion criteria with basic emergency department visit demographics accessible via the electronic emergency medicine dashboard Sunrise Emergency Care (SEC).
  • Ability to pull daily lists of emergency department visit by primary CTAS score and triage complaint (generic list of 15+ complaints)
  • Ability to use daily lists of emergency department visits to identify missed/control candidates to ensure reliability and minimize selection bias

Cost/Fee structure: Available upon request. Initial Research Assistant Orientation to the study usually takes approximately 2 hours plus hourly rate for research assistant plus/minus support for research coordinator role

Screening and Recruitment

  • In addition to the above, research assistants will be trained in study protocol, eligibility criteria and consent procedure for your specific study

Cost/Fee structure: Available upon request. Initial Research Assistant Orientation to the study usually takes approximately 2 hours plus hourly rate for research assistant plus/minus support for research coordinator role

All fees can be discussed on a sliding scale basis for those who are interested in research but unable to meet the fee scales needed, exclusive of industry sponsored initiatives - full fees are applicable.

Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine (including Emergency Medicine Residents, Faculty and Staff clinicians/nurses and allied health professionals) In Kind

Members of other Departments within the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine:

  • Assistance with Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board forms and submission: $60/hr
  • Startup costs and Research Assistant Orientation: $250-$500 depending on the scope of the research project

Departments and Groups external to the University of Calgary Cumming School Of Medicine:

  • Assistance with Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) forms and submission: $100/hr in addition to CHREB fee for review (in case of industry sponsored research, the cost of CHREB review is $4000)

Startup costs and Research Assistant Orientation: $250-$500 depending on the scope of the research project


Other Research Resources

Cumming School of Medicine’s Legal Research Services

Required for study contracts and funding agreements related to multi-site research projects

Contact: csmlegal@ucalgary.ca

CSM benefits from a dedicated team of 5 full time staff to review any legal documents where the University of Calgary is a party or University of Calgary facilities and resources are involved. Legal, Research Services, Cumming School of Medicine (CSM Legal) provides legal review of contracts and agreements for the Cumming School of Medicine. They assist with the drafting, negotiation and execution of all types of research-related agreements (non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements, clinical trial agreements, industry sponsored clinical trial, data sharing, material transfer agreements, service agreements, and research grants).

Legal Research Services

Internal/External Peer Review

Internal Peer Review: 
https://intranetqa.ucalgary.ca/medicine/research/ipr

 

External Peer Review opportunities: National Committee Emergency Researchers (NCER). Accepts and reviews protocols in development at annual NCER conference.

The Research Service Office requires that grants to external agencies (ie. CIHR) be submitted for review at last 7 business days in advance of the grant’s deadline. The electronic submission tool to send applications to RSO is below.

RSO Electronic Submission Tool