Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Christine Ribic

Dr. Christine Ribic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Medicine.

Director of Resident Research

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at McMaster University provides a comprehensive foundation of medical knowledge, critical appraisal skills and clinical experience that allow our trainees to become outstanding physicians in internal medicine or an internal medicine subspecialty. 

From a research perspective, McMaster University is consistently rated among the top one hundred institutions in the world for the quality and breadth of its research enterprise and for the excellence of its research programs.  This environment has given our Internal Medicine Residents the opportunity to participate in a wide spectrum of research projects under the mentorship of skilled and world-recognised research faculty.   Our program fosters a culture of collaboration, support and teamwork in resident research that facilitates successful completion of research projects.  Expert faculty are dedicated to encouraging residents to learn about research and incorporate these skills into their future careers and in providing quality patient care.  Our program tailors to the needs and career goals of individual trainees, recognizing that many residents may be new to research and may not know whether their future goals include an academic career in basic or clinical research.

The research accomplishments of our Internal Medicine Residents have been recognised locally, nationally and internationally at conferences and have resulted in many peer-reviewed publications.  The Annual Resident Research Day celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2014.  It has now almost been 3 decades that this event in the Department of Medicine has showcased Resident Research with an oral presentation competition as well as a scientific and clinical case abstract poster competition.  It is widely attended by faculty across the Department of Medicine as well as by internal medicine and subspecialty trainees. 

During residency, all residents are required to complete a research project under the mentorship of McMaster faculty with projects spanning clinical, educational, qualitative, systematic review and basic research arenas.  The Resident Research Handbook which is revised on an annual basis is a compilation of faculty members who are willing to supervise and who can provide insight into the day-to-day aspects of a research career.  In addition to mentorship from your Internal Medicine Research Director, there is also a Deputy Research Director and a network of senior internal medicine residents that can help facilitate forming faculty and resident research collaborations.  The program also has Department of Medicine Research Grant competition where residents can apply to various grants and gain first-hand exposure to the intricacies of a grant application from study design, grant write-up and budget preparation.

The Internal Medicine Training Program at McMaster University has a sincere and longstanding commitment to training and mentoring of residents in their journey through resident research.  I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to facilitate your individual research goals and to take pride in your accomplishments.

Christine M. Ribic
MD MSc, FRCP(C)