In July, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) hosted its sixteenth annual Summer Student Research Day. This year, 40 students gave presentations on their research projects across a variety of specialities to an audience of Women’s College Hospital (WCH) staff, scientists and volunteers.
The project presentations included a study about breast cancer management in high-risk women, an analysis of the gaps in care for women living with HIV and an evaluation of cardiac imaging in breast cancer patients. Students working with the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) also presented on various research initiatives to evaluate digital health services that have the potential to transform the way patients receive care across the health system.
"Through our highly sought-after summer student research program, we have been able to mentor hundreds of future health research leaders over the past 16 years," says Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president of research at WCH. “We are very proud of the hard work and contributions these students have made to research at Women’s College Hospital while under the mentorship of our world-class scientists – many of who began their careers at WCH as trainees.”
Through the Summer Student Research Program, undergraduate and graduate students are partnered with WCRI scientists and WCH clinical researchers where they are immersed in research for 12 to 16 weeks. The students work closely with scientists on a research project, while also learning and developing practical research skills to help prepare them for their future careers and educational pursuits.