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The School for Primary Care Research has an allocated place each year on the TUTOR-PHC programme (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care).

TUTOR-PHC is a one-year interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

It is the time of year when the SPCR selects the person for the next programme intake.  The allocated space is open to all staff and trainees within your departments and not only for those with SPCR funding.

The deadline for applications:

Midday, Friday 26th February 2016.

If you would like to apply for the allocated School place this year please send Kate Farrington a statement explaining how the programme would benefit you and your research and how you meet the programme criteria. Please send the statement (no more than 1 A4 sheet) and a short CV (again no more than 1 A4 sheet) to Kate by 12 noon on Friday 26th February 2016.  Several training leads will be on the selection panel.

The successful candidate will be notified mid-March. The successful candidate will need to cover the travel costs during the course of the programme.

GOAL: To have a mix of disciplines relevant to primary health care research for each selection cycle.

Selection Criteria

All trainees will have:

  • An interest in participating in interdisciplinary primary health care research
  • Looking toward an academic career with substantial research commitment
  • A primary health care research idea that the student can briefly describe
  • An identified supervisor who is interested in participating
  • English equivalency
  • Also, for mid-career clinicians, post-doctoral fellows and residents doing research fellowships:
  • Relevant academic and professional experience (through CV).

Of note:

  1. Mid-career clinicians are practicing, registered, health professionals who are looking to engage in independent research or moving toward an academic career in primary health care research. This would normally exclude employees/project coordinators not conducting independent research. (In rare instances, a research project coordinator with a stated intention to pursue an independent career in research would be considered.) 
  2. Those who have completed a PhD and are already in an academic faculty position would be considered overqualified for this program 

For more information, visit the TUTOR-PHC website:

and more information is also available on the School website, including the links to blogs written by some of the SPCR trainees who have been on the programme.

This year's Symposium will take place May 2-5, 2016 at Auberge Chateau-Bromont in Bromont, Quebec (south of Montreal, QC). The change of venue this year is due to a new partnership between TUTOR-PHC and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit in Quebec, called Unité SOUTIEN Québec; and the CIHR SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network in Québec, called Réseau-1 QC. Through this partnership, we are also offering a one-day workshop on Patient Engagement Strategies in Research on May 6, 2016. The SPCR trainee is warmly invited to attend this event at no extra cost as a part of their participation in TUTOR-PHC. 

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