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Academic Fellowship in Education Research

The Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, will offer a new Academic Fellowship position beginning in July 2008.

Background

The Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, will offer a new Academic Fellowship position beginning in July 2008. The fellowship is designed to support the development of academic family physicians through exposure to teaching and research activities. Opportunities to undertake scholarly work in education will be emphasized, supported by linkages with the Program for Educational Research and Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster.

Candidates

Eligible candidates include Family Medicine Residents in Year 3 (R3’s), and community family physicians. Candidates must be eligible for an independent or restricted practice license in the province of Ontario.  If training was done outside of Canada, candidates must be certified in Family Medicine in their country of origin  AND must be eligible for reciprocal CFPC certification, OR eligible to set the CFPC certification examination and thus eligible for Ontario licensure after 12 months of the fellowship program.

Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in medical education research; however, fellowship activities may be tailored to other, well-defined research interests.  Prior research experience, although an asset, is not required; research skills training will be based on the learning needs of the successful candidate.

Objectives

  • To develop core teaching and research skills among family physicians
  • To support the development of family physician principle investigator researchers
  • To promote scholarly work in family medicine education
  • To integrate the program with faculty development activities and resources in the Department and at McMaster
  • To build interdisciplinary links to optimally meet the needs of participants
  • To develop future faculty physicians and academic leaders

Timelines and Funding

The fellowship will typically be undertaken full-time over 1 year (residency stream), but may also be completed part-time over 2 years by community physicians (community stream). The funding will be at a Resident III level with benefits. Funds for course tuition and limited research travel will be provided, as well as use of office space and computer equipment. To encourage the maintenance of clinical skills, participants in the residency stream will spend a portion of each week in clinical care.

Evaluation and Deliverables

Participants will:

  • Propose, implement and evaluate a program in collaboration with a research group; this work will be presented at an appropriate meeting, and written up for publication
  • Pursue a graduate health research methodology course, specifically Fundamentals of Health Research (721) or Program Evaluation (762), or alternative learning opportunity.
  • Participate in academic activities within the Department
  • Complete McMaster’s University Teaching Program
  • Provide clinical care at a Family Medicine teaching site, or negotiate an alternative

Program Structure

  • Research Project (30%) – Participants will propose and undertake a research project, with support from a Research Advisor and investigator group, including presentation and manuscript preparation.
  • Research Skills (20%) – Participants will apply to take a graduate health research methodology course, specifically Fundamentals of Health Research (721) or Program Evaluation (762). Alternate opportunities to develop research skills will be pursued if space in a course is not available.
  • Academic Activities (20%) – Participants will be active in academic activities in the Department, including academic forum and relevant meetings.
  • Teaching Skills & Activities (20%) – Participants will complete the University Teaching Program (http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/facdev/universityteachingprogram.html), or equivalent, which includes teaching experience, coursework, and assembling a Learning Portfolio, under the guidance of a Teaching Mentor.
  • Clinical (10%) – Participants will work one half-day per week as a preceptor in a family medicine teaching unit under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Participants in the community stream will negotiate use of this time with the program director.

Specific program activities may be adjusted based on the skills and interests of participants. Part-time applicants can negotiate the program structure. Research and education deliverables are the same.

Application

Please consult the Postgraduate website for the detailed application process and important dates.

Applicants should submit a package including the following:

  • A letter of interest no more than 3 pages in length, describing past experience, specific career goals in academic family medicine, suitability for the fellowship position, skills brought to the position, research interests, and any project ideas.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees

 

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