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Clinical Research Training: Students Undertaking a Pediatric Program of Research Training (SUPPORT)

Applications for the SUPPORT January 2019 - July 2019 cycle are no longer being accepted. Please refer back to the website in May 2019 for details regarding the next session.

Please complete the online application survey to the best of your ability.

Please note the following dates and deadlines. As successful applicants, please be aware that you will need to strictly adhere to these timelines and be available for ALL dates.

Application deadline: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
                                     Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview
                                     via e-mail by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Interview Dates: November 19, 2018 (between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
                            November 20, 2018 (between 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
                            November 27, 2018 (between 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
                            November 29, 2018 (between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

                            **These dates and times are subject to change**

Mandatory Orientation Evening: December 10, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m.
                                                        **subject to change**

Mandatory Role Play Session: January 7 or January 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.
                                                     **subject to change**

Training Shift Week: Week of January 14, 2019
                                   (All volunteers must complete at least one shadowing shift during this week)

Duration of six-month placement: January 21, 2019 to July 21, 2019

The application process:
  1. Complete the online application survey.
  2. Attach a copy of your current resume or CV and current official or unofficial transcripts to the application survey. 
  3. Please DO NOT apply if you are unable to fully commit to the above dates including the entire 6-month placement block. 
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only students who meet the eligibility requirements and who are selected for an interview will be contacted by e-mail.

What is the purpose of this program?

Volunteers 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?

As a 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. Given the emphasis on patient interaction, it is very important that applicants feel comfortable speaking to and interacting with patients from birth to 18 years of age as well as their family members. This position does not entail any data entry or writing of research proposals/papers. 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 volunteers and ensuring a high performance standard.


What is required?

A commitment of one 4-hour shift per week (same weekly shift), every week, for six months is mandatory. Volunteers will be able to change their weekly shift at the beginning of the academic terms in order to accommodate their academic/work schedules. 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 shifts:

  • 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 6 p.m to 10 p.m. 
The program runs from July to January and from January to July. All selected volunteers must:
  • Meet CHEO’s occupational health and safety requirements (two-step TB test & up to date immunizations)
  • Submit a Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (valid within 2 years)
  • Complete paperwork as required by CHEO Human Resources
  • Complete online ethics training and obtain a Tri-council policy statement (TCPS-2) ethics training certificate
  • Complete WHMIS and EPIC training 
  •  Attend the SUPPORT orientation evening and training shifts (see dates above – no exceptions will be made)
Volunteers who meet minimum program requirements may have the opportunity to extend their six-month commitment for another term. 
Who is eligible?

Current 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.


To be considered for the position, you should possess:
  • Excellent attention to detail and efficient time management skills
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to be self-directed, resourceful, flexible, and take initiative
  • Be comfortable working independently or as part of a team
  • Previous customer service skills and/or experience working with the general public is an asset

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 (only if you have completed all 23 shifts).

How might this experience help me?

This 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.

You will 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.

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