IRF comprises of following eight members of RMC from various specialties:
Research Unit of Rawalpindi Medical College was established in February 2014. It is located in Medical Education Department, New teaching Block of RMC. Dr Faiza Aslam, Research Coordinator of RMC and Allied hospitals is in charge of Research Unit. The Research Unit carries out all the research related activities including facilitation and individual counseling of undergraduates, post graduate trainees and faculty of RMC regarding Health Systems Research, proposal formulation, basic and advanced research methodologies, data entry and analysis and manuscript writing.
Any individual (students, faculty members or doctors of either RMC or those belonging to any other institution) interested in conducting research or data collection phase at RMC or any of its Allied Hospitals (Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family Hospital or District Head Quarters Hospital) must get approval by Institutional Research Forum of RMC. The standard procedure is as follows:
At the research unit, individual and group counseling regarding all the research related activities including topic selection, literature search, referencing system, plagiarism detection, proposal formulation, study methods and materials, sample size calculation, selection of study variables, data collection tools, techniques, pretesting, data entry, analysis, manuscript writing etc is provided. Free of cost counseling and assistance is provided to all undergraduates, post graduate trainees, and faculty and visitor researchers of RMC. The research unit provides consultations on Mondays and Thursdays of every week.
Research Coordinator conducts following Research Methodology Workshops for the undergraduates and faculty members of RMC:
Basic Research Methodology Workshop: A two days course regarding basic concepts of research methodologies and provision of hands on experience of research proposal formulation, literature search and plagiarism checking procedure, types of variables, data collection tool development, plan for data entry and analysis procedure, work plan and budgeting and plan for manuscript writing.
Advanced Research Methodology Workshop: A two days course, providing advanced concepts of research methodologies, provision of hands on experience of data entry in Statistical Package of Social Sciences, basic and advanced statistical and epidemiological concepts. It also includes hands on experience of data analysis manually and also through SPSS, Graph construction in SPSS and Microsoft Excel.
Literature Review Workshop: A one day course including introduction to topic selection for research, problem statement, literature search techniques and tools, plagiarism detection and prevention, referencing systems.
Research Proposal development Workshop: A one day course including basic concepts of research methodologies and provision of hands on experience of research proposal formulation, literature search and plagiarism checking procedure, types of variables, data collection tool development, plan for data entry and analysis procedure, work plan and budgeting and plan for manuscript writing.
First ever Rawalian Students Research Society was established in March 2014, comprising of all undergraduates of RMC, from all five academic years. About 10-15 members of RSRS are selected annually and they assist the Research Unit in coordinating all the research activities of undergraduates of RMC.
All the undergraduates of RMC, who received research guidance from research unit and also those who attended the research workshops, formulate their own research proposals and present them to IRF for appraisal. Students carry out their research independently and formulate manuscripts that are submitted to Students Supplement of Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College. It includes original articles and case reports formulated by Undergraduates of RMC, individually or in groups.
All the information regarding research activities, research projects, research workshops/conferences attended as well as those facilitated and publications till 31st December 2013, of various departments of RMC and its three Allied hospitals was gathered, compiled and printed in August 2015 titled as Research Directory. Its the first ever anthology of all the research activities of RMC, by its various departments and publications in national and international journals by its faculty members. Formulation of Research Directory of 2014-2015 is in progress.