VGH Trauma Services has pursued a diverse and collaborative research agenda that has been built and sustained by multidisciplinary input and collaboration. The research group has chosen to focus primarily on aspects of public health in injury control placing strong emphasis on trauma systems and injury prevention, although new and unique research areas are emerging all the time.
Our vision – What we want to be in future:
To be leaders in the fields of trauma, ACS and global surgery research locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Our mission – How we will get there:
To initiate and participate in high quality research in trauma, ACS and global surgery, by recruiting young learners, collaborating with academic and non academic institutions, involving multidisciplinary specialties and building earlier data collection platforms, to provide better care for our acute surgical patients.
Our goal – Where would you expect our research be in 5 years?
To publish 10 papers per year, across 3 fields.
Building a Sustainable Research Program
The trauma research group is dedicated to educational advancements and views academic mentorship as an integral and vital investment in the future of trauma research. We have had the privilege of training graduate students at the postdoctoral, doctoral, and master’s levels. We have also mentored fellows, residents and medical students in the completion of research that has been presented at national and international meetings and published in peer review publications.
The 2016 TAC Residents Paper Competition was held in conjunction with the Canadian Surgical Forum in September 2016. Dr. Kristin DeGirolamo won Best Clinical Paper Western Canada (Region XII)– Title: Processes Mapping as a Framework for Performance Improvement in Emergency General Surgery. Dr. DeGirolamo’s Research Supervisor is Dr Morad Hameed. Dr. DeGirolamo’s paper also won the annual UBC Chung Research Day Best Paper Competition.