Research Training Opportunities

DFCM's Clinical Research Certificate Program

The Clinical Research Certificate Program is a research training program offered through the DFCM. Completion of the certificate will significantly enhance your ability to understand, effectively use, engage in, and collaborate in research. Students will complete two required courses that provide an introduction to research methods in family and primary care, a practicum for hands-on practice, and an elective. The Clinical Research Certificate will be issued by the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Research Training Opportunities Outside DFCM  

You are additionally encouraged to access resources available at:

Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, with resources available for teaching & education, career development, academic leadership, and research & evaluation
Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) has resources for teaching support, educational technology, and research on teaching
The Wilson Centre hosts a series of intensive workshops on education research, qualitative research, presentation skills and more.

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Academic Fellowship Program
The Academic Fellowship Program is a rigorous continuing education program intended to strengthen the practice of family medicine and primary care by developing the leadership, teaching and research skills of practitioners. The program allows Family Medicine residents the opportunity to spend at least one or two half-day sessions per week (40 half-days minimum) during the academic year pursuing a research topic of their interest.

Clinician Scholar Program
The overall objective of the Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) is to provide residents with adequate knowledge, training, and experience to enable them to pursue careers as clinician investigators (i.e. co-investigators/collaborators). The CSP was accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada in February 2011 and replaced the Family Medicine Research Fellowship Program.

For those without a research Masters degree, the CSP is a two year program (normally PGY3/PGY4) with the expectation that a relevant Masters research degree will be completed concurrently. Residents must devote 80% of their time to research activities and 20% to clinical care.

For those with a research Masters degree, the program is for one year. It is also possible to complete this as an integrated three year program beginning in PGY1, where upon completion, the resident will be eligible for certification in Family Medicine.

Research Electives
The family medicine residency program allows for a one month elective in research.

Please direct questions to Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

CREMS

The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) is meant to be a unique research program in Canada that allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experiences in two structured programs:

CREMS Summer Program is a 12 week program open to first and second year medical students. The student will receive $5,500, of which $2,750 is from the CREMS Program and $2,750 from the student’s research supervisor (the DFCM will contribute 50% of this amount if the research supervisor does not have sufficient funds).

CREMS Research Scholar Program is a 20 month program beginning in January and is open to first year medical students. The student will receive $15,000, of which $7,500 is from the CREMS Program and $7,500 from the student’s research supervisor (the DFCM will contribute 50% of this amount if the research supervisor does not have sufficient funds).

Course and Mentorship Opportunities

The second year Determinants of Community Health (DOCH 2) course, Researching Health in the Community, includes a research placement where students are involved in a research project, or apply previously learned research methodology within a community setting.

Opportunities also exist for students during their pre-clerkship to shadow family medicine researchers who provide clinical care.

Please direct questions to Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director Research.

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