Research is Fun?

Saturday February 24, 2024

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Course Description

Understanding the multiple facets of research may be overwhelming for both new and seasoned clinicians, however, it can be done! The purpose of this course is to highlight the application of research to clinical practice using an interactive, problem-based approach to gain a greater understanding of the research process. Although keen observation is the cornerstone of clinical practice and research pursuits, the next steps can be challenging and enjoyable if you have the right tools and resources. Next steps will include a discussion on how your ideas may be expressed in research designs and how to avoid common pitfalls that impact successful outcomes. Searching the literature, using PICO questions, selecting valid and reliable testing tools will also be introduced to the group. Optimal patient care is a core value of health care professionals and understanding research is a key component of achieving this noteworthy goal.

Level of Course: 

Course Objectives:


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to choose and describe appropriate:

  • Gain a greater understanding of using a problem-based approach for the application of research to clinical practice
  • Understand tools and resources to tackle and enjoy the next steps beyond your ideas in clinical practice and research pursuits


Dr. Christina Michajlyszyn (“mee-a-lish-in”), DSc, PT, OMPT, FACH
is an influential hospital administrator with a passion to serve the community through the development of efficient operations, programming, and engaged teams. Christina directs the compliance and program integrity for 93 adult/pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facility beds housed in a freestanding rehabilitation hospital and 2 separate rehab units in acute care hospitals. She also leads the hospital Patient Access department for efficient, accurate and effective process flow along with supporting performance improvement for the revenue cycle.

Christina is the Chair of the RIM Research Program supporting clinical staff in professional development and research activity. She is the co-chair of the RIM-WSU EACPHS Research Committee and is a member of a research grant advisory board. Her post-professional academic and clinical specialty doctorate included an individual research project that went to publication in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and is the same journal in which she is also a manuscript peer-reviewer since 2012.

Dr. Diane E. Adamo, PhD
is the Chair of the Health Care Sciences Department at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is an Associate Professor (tenure) and has been a faculty with the Physical Therapy Program since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her PhD in 2007 and completed post-doctoral training at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in 2008. She is an active researcher and has investigated the contributions of sensory processing on motor output in healthy, older, and clinical populations. More recently, she has been part of a team promoting the use of an online training program designed to assist caregivers of people with dementia. She has taught several research courses to graduate physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia and radiation technology students over the years. She has served as a faculty/mentor to many student research groups. In addition, she served as a member and chair of the college research committee (2014 – 2019) and then as the Director of Research for Health Sciences (2017-2022) where she designed and implemented a Health Care Science Clinical Research award, specifically for faculty with strong clinical backgrounds but little experience with research. This award offers an interactive feature which permits the applicant to receive feedback from the reviewer as part of the application submission and review process, now in its third successful year. The role of Research Director also allowed her to develop and implement several research workshops to include topics such as searching for evidence, journal publications, grant applications and statistical analyses. She has served on multiple University committees that required faculty who has a strong background in research and critical thinking (2017-2021).

Course Location

RIM Auditorium (Basement) 261 Mack, Detroit MI 48201


Intended Audience

All clinical staff


Course Hours

8:00am – 12:00pm     
Registration will begin at 7:30am
Snacks provided.


Contact Hours: 

4 hours


Registration Fees: 

Tenet/DMC/RIM employees $50
Non Tenet/DMC/RIM employees $100


Class limit: 

36 registrants


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