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Interprofessional Practice Based Research

Programs for Clinicians

St. Michael's Hospital recognizes that our frontline clinicians are best able to identify knowledge gaps and opportunities to advance clinical practice. Through various initiatives, the IPBR program is helping to empower our clinicians to carry out research projects relevant to their practice. These initiatives include:

IPBR Small Grants

Through a competitive selection process, the IPBR Small Grants ($5,000) are awarded annually to interprofessional teams to carry out a practice-based research project over a two-year period. Teams are linked with mentors and provided with guidance for each step along the way.

CHART-IPBR Fellowship

In collaboration with the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (LKS-CHART) we offer clinicians six month competitive research fellowships to carry out a data-driven study of relevance to their clinical units.

Manuscript Writing Bootcamp

The boot camp is a peer-support forum designed to help our clinicians publish the results of their research and quality improvement initiatives in peer-reviewed journals. These regularly held three-hour sessions are intended to provide members with dedicated time and guidance to write up their work. Contact to more information and to sign up.

IPBR Research Skills Workshop Series

Nurses and health disciplines clinicians are well posed to identify gaps in knowledge and clinical practice. Based on consultation with clinicians across the hospital, we have identified a desire for additional training and education around practice-based research methodology. The IPBR team has developed a curriculum to address this need. The sessions will prepare nursing and health disciplines clinicians to engage in practice based research and generate evidence for evidence based practice by providing strategies to devise a sound question, and create a study plan. Key topics include understanding different research methods, building a research question, searching for and organizing relevant literature, and preparing a research protocol and ethics submission. The series is structured so sessions do not necessarily need to be completed in sequence. We aim to offer these sessions three times per year, once each during the winter, spring and fall. Contact for more information and to sign up.

Research Ethics Board (REB) Application

The IPBR team is available to assist you in completing the St. Michael’s Hospital REB Application. This includes guidance in developing your study protocol and identifying and completing the appropriate forms for submitting your study to the REB. Contact to arrange a time to meet. REB forms and templates can be directly accessed here.

Research Consultation Services

The IPBR Consultation Service is available to nurses and health disciplines professionals at St. Michael’s. Our office is available to provide informational and methodological support related to research process, research resources (internal and external) and research services (internal and external). Interested clinicians should email their consultation request to with as much detail as possible. A member of our team will contact you to discuss your request.

Practice Based Researcher Li Ka Shing Appointments (status only)

The PBR Li Ka Shing appointments are a formalized research appointments process for our clinicians who are engaged in research. This appointment process aims to help integrate research and clinical practice, recognize our clinicians engaged in research activity, and reduce barriers to supporting our nursing and health disciplines in research.

Apply here: PBR Appointment Application