The first ever Institutional Research Forum of RMU was formulated by Prof Muhammad Umar, the Vice  Chancellor of RMU, in January 2014 that supervises all the research activities of RMU and Allied Hospitals.

IRF comprises of following eight members of RMU from various specialties:

 RESEARCH UNIT

Research Unit of Rawalpindi Medical Univeristy was established in February 2014. It is located in Medical Education Department, New teaching Block of RMU. Dr Faiza Aslam, Research Coordinator of RMURMU 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 RMU regarding Health Systems Research, proposal formulation, basic and advanced research methodologies, data entry and analysis and manuscript writing.

APPRAISAL BY INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH FORUM

Any individual (students, faculty members or doctors of either RMU or those belonging to any other institution) interested in conducting research or data collection phase at RMU 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 RMU. The standard procedure is as follows:

  1. Download any of the following Research Application Proforma, accordingly:
    • Research Application Proforma for Undergraduates of RMU.
    • Research Application Proforma for Faculty members/Departmental Research of RMU.
    • Research Application Proforma for Post Graduate Trainees of RMU.
    • Research Application Proforma for Visitor Researchers.
  2. Fill it electronically. Get it endorsed by your supervisor/Head of department/Principal Investigator and submit its eight copies along with research proposal and data collection tools at research unit of RMU. It should be submitted at least one week before meeting. Kindly read the undertaking section of application form carefully.
  3. Then you will have to make a five minutes presentation on PowerPoint in monthly meeting of IRF, to be held on second Saturday of every month.
  4. The IRF will review and approve it and within one week period you will receive approval letter of IRF endorsed by all members. Only then anyone can initiate research.

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH COUNSELING

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 RMU. 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 RMU:

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.

RAWALIANS STUDENTS RESEARCH SOCIETY

First ever Rawalian Students Research Society was established in March 2014, comprising of all undergraduates of RMU, 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 RMU.

STUDENTS JOURNAL OF RMU

All the undergraduates of RMU, 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 University. It includes original articles and case reports formulated by Undergraduates of RMU, individually or in groups.

RESREACH DIRECTORY OF RMU

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 RMU 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 RMU, 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. 

Residents Research forum has been a vision I’ve held for long now and to see it finally materialize has been a source of limitless pride and delight to me. There is little more pleasing for a mentor then to see his pupils and juniors strive to Excel and compete to be at par with the world at large. At Rawalpindi Medical University we are fervently committed to grooming our residents to the best possible international standards to produce top tier professionals. Research is undeniably a need of the hour being instrumental to the very life of a good health care system. It is imperative for our country to harbor and foster a drive and duty to it. The world of medicine and healthcare is evolving at a relentless pace and the Doctor of today must be trained and educated accordingly. Beginnings are always tough at first and introducing a new system and culture of thought and directives tougher. However, to find multiple like-minded individuals who made the inception of the forum possible has been a relief and repose for me. Together, I believe Rawalpindi Medical University is on the brink of a new precedent of the current medical terrain. With the grace of God almighty and a vision rooted in noble and necessary aspirations, I hope to see all our residents be a part of the forum and work together for its agenda and resolution
Professor Muhammad Umar
Vice Chancellor RMU

It’s so heartening to see my students transforming into a professional researcher.
As you are aware that the only way to go ahead in any field is research, unfortunately, we as a nation have neglected this important aspect of development. Whatever research is done, most of it lacks international standards and is usually done for fulfilling requirements for promotions.
It’s a bitter reality that we follow developed countries for our problems. All the literature is full of Data from developed countries and we just follow them, instead of using our own data and proposing a solution which may be better for local conditions. It is high time to realize the importance of research and documentation.
I am very optimistic that under the leadership of our VC our Researchers will prove they are among the most talented scholars in the world.
Dr. Naeem Zia
Head of Department Surgical Unit 1
Benazir Bhutto Hospital

Research is pivotal to today’s dynamic world of medicine. It is important to find out which treatment works better for patients.RRF is a footstep towards prevailing the culture of research in our institutions in order to better understand the disease process ,to find out better solutions ,to answer to the things that are unknown and to change the professional approach in the best interest of patients and healthcare community.
Dr Ayesha Masood
President RRF

Importance of research in medical field cannot be overstated. Without research only un-tested ideas, wild guesses and insignificant opinions will be left in health care. From old therapies to new remedies all require research for validation. Unfortunately, in developing countries scope of research is limited to post-graduation inductions and job promotions. Credit goes to Rawalpindi Medical University for cultivation of research culture in under-graduates, post-graduates and faculty members. Resident research forum is the next link in this chain. As the research culture will flourish, it will open new horizons and avenues for personal growth, community betterment and patient welfare in our setup. Everyone should play his/her part in this noble mission.
Dr. Muhammad Furrukh
President RRF

Conference Organizing Teams
1. Scientific Team: Dr. Muhammad Furrukh (Team leader), Dr. Ayesha Masood, Dr. Haris and Dr. Ayesha Khalid.
2. Publication team: Dr Mujeeb (Team leader), Dr. Saad, Dr. Haris and Dr. Furrukh
3. Public Relations team: Dr Munema (Team leader) and Dr. Aimen.
4. Presentation team: Dr Ayesha Masood (Team leader), Dr. Maryam and Dr. Mishal.
5. Registration and reception team: Dr. Ayesha Khalid (Team leader), Dr. Munema and Dr. Aimen.
6. Media Team: Dr Maryam (Team leader) and Dr Mishal.
7. Finance team: Dr Saad Javaid (Team leader), Dr. Muhammad Furrukh.
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