Applications for the SUPPORT January 2018-July 2018 cycle are no longer being accepted. Please refer back to the website in May 2018 for updated information.
program inquiries, please contact Jessica Paul, SUPPORT Program Coordinator
What is the purpose of this program?
for the SUPPORT Clinical Research Training Program function as specialized
hospital volunteers. Volunteers will be trained to help screen and enroll
eligible patients into several clinical research studies that are currently
recruiting in the CHEO Emergency Department (ED). The specific goals of this
initiative are to facilitate and support research and quality improvement
activities involving patients in the ED
What will I be doing?
SUPPORT volunteer, you will be scanning the ED patient tracking system to
capture possible patients for several clinical studies. This will entail
determining eligibility of patients for the various studies and interacting
with families and/or clinical staff to collect research-related data. SUPPORT
volunteers may often be responsible for determining a patient’s willingness to
discuss participating in a study with a research assistant and completing the
screening process by documenting activities on a screening log (one for each clinical
study). Importantly, you will be liaising closely with the program coordinator
who is committed to educating the SUPPORT participants and ensuring a high
What is required?
A commitment of one shift per week (same
weekly shift), every week, for six months is mandatory.
Volunteers will choose one of 21 available shift times from Monday through
Sunday. Each volunteer is entitled to 3 vacation days and 5 personal/sick days
(these 5 must be made up), and must complete
a total of 23 shifts over a 26-week term. The program operates seven
days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is divided into the following three
The program runs from July to January and from January to July. All selected
Who is eligible?
registered students (priority will be given to third and fourth year
undergraduates) or recently graduated students (less than 12 months) from an
accredited post-secondary program (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, or nursing
school) are eligible for this training program. No previous formal research
training is necessary. International Medical Graduates are not eligible to
apply for this program.
considered for the position, you should possess:
Will I be paid?
This is a
volunteer opportunity. At the end of your six-month commitment, you will
receive an official certificate of completion of the SUPPORT Clinical Research
Training Program and a reference letter upon request (only if you have
completed all 23 shifts).
How might this experience help me?
position primarily provides the opportunity to learn about the practicality of
conducting research in a clinical setting. CHEO’s Emergency Department has an
international reputation for high-quality clinical research, and during each
six-month term, you may receive some formal training on research methods. If
you plan to pursue a career in clinical research or healthcare, you are likely
to benefit from having clinical research experience on your resume. Some
motivated SUPPORT participants, either alongside or following their SUPPORT
experience, have had the opportunity to be involved more extensively in
individual research projects.
gain valuable clinical experience communicating with families in the ED. In
addition, having the opportunity to work alongside experienced clinical staff
provides better insight into pediatric emergency medicine and offers the
opportunity to cultivate collaborative relationships with medical
professionals, which may be helpful if you are considering a medical career.