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Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care

TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, national interdisciplinary research training programme funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) with representation from the disciplines of: Family Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Epidemiology, Social Work, Sociology , Education and many others. 

The innovative curriculum of this one-year certificate program (April 2024 - May 2025) in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

  • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2024
  • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
  • Two 8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups

Why apply to TUTOR-PHC?

  • Primary health care research training including an intensive one-week Symposium
  • Earn University Credit, MAINPRO+ credits and Certificate of Completion
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care project
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers & networking experiences with 200+ pan-Canadian alumni
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

View further details about the programme

Application process 

The SPCR holds a competition to select a candidate to attend the TUTOR-PHC programme. This opportunity is eligible to any colleague based in one of the nine SPCR primary care members, but the programme is particularly aimed at primary care researchers who are mid-career clinicians, post-doctoral researchers or doctoral students.  

Applications should consist of a brief CV and one A4 page detailing how you would benefit from being a TUTOR-PHC participant,  what you could offer the programme cohort and how you would share your experience with the SPCR.  

Applications should be emailed to by 1pm, 4 December 2023. Applications should NOT be submitted directly to the programme office in Canada.

SPCR funded candidates include:

Past SPCR Trainees to attend this programme are Matthew Ridd (Bristol), Emma Bray (Birmingham), Saima Ali (Southampton), Jasmin Knopp (Manchester), Clair Taylor (Birmingham), Grace Moran (Birmingham), Ben Fletcher (Oxford), Ben Ainsworth (Southampton), Gemma Marshall (Keele), Ryc Aquino (Cambridge), Kelly Birtwell (Manchester), Aleksandra Borek (Oxford), Daniel Stow (Newcastle), Anna de Simoni (QMUL), Oliver van Hecke (Oxford), Jessica Watson (Bristol), Sara McKelvie (Southampton) and Kieran Ayling (Nottingham).

You can read blogs about the TUTOR-PHC programme written by our Trainees, listed on the left of this page. 


We are very happy with our affiliation with your School. Your trainees have made substantial contributions to the learning environment at TUTOR. It is a wonderful opportunity, not only for your candidate, but also for all the trainees to rub shoulders with international colleagues 

- Moira Stewart, TUTOR-PHC Mentor, University of Western Ontario.