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									      Clinician Scientist, Investigator and non-Clinician
     For Scientist, Investigator or non-clinician
Research training plays a critical role in the long-term success of family medicine researchers. The most effective approach is through graduate training that
focuses on the development of conceptual and methodological skills as well as attitudes necessary for research.

The guidance of a graduate committee, support from the department and participation in the department's various research activities makes this a potentially very
exciting experience. As a family medicine researcher you may wish to pursue your research training in areas like clinical epidemiology, health services research,
sociology, anthropology or education, to name just a few. The Training Timeline diagram outlines the various possibilities for people who do or do not hold a prior
graduate degree.

Family medicine, as a discipline, plays an important role not only in the dissemination of knowledge but also in developing the knowledge base that supports
practice and teaching. Career opportunities are opening up for family medicine researchers all across the country.

Our department has made a concerted effort to develop what is now the largest group of family medicine researchers in Canada. Investigators are situated in
each of the department's many family medicine units. If you are interested in a research career please contact the DFCM's Director of Research, Dr. Bart Harvey at
416-978-7738 or

Academic Options and Training Timeline
Research trainees will generally pursue one of two training streams. Academic decisions will depend on the trainees prior academic preparation and career stage.
The options described below outline research training paths for people entering the DFCM residency program with and without a prior graduate degree in
research. Trainees who have already completed a Family Medicine residency need only consider the "Post Residency" options listed under STREAM ONE. Both
streams are designed to prepare trainees for a academic career in primary care research.

         Name                              Description                             Cost/Contact                          Website                     Prerequisite
STREAM ONE -no prior graduate degree in research
                                                                                                                                               4 year undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                   degree (20 full
                                                                         Time to complete – Full time over 2                                   credits) or equivalent
                                                                           years – Part-time over 3-5 years.                                    from an accredited
                                                                        Application Deadline: Annually, Feb                                          University.
                                                                                           1                     http://www.phs.utoronto.c
                      In second year, start courses toward a Masters
During Residency:                                                          Cost: SGS (School of Graduate                    a/
                                          degree                                                                                                    mid-B 73-76%)
                                                                                    Studies) Fees –                                             average or better in
                                                                                       students                                                  the last academic
                                                                                                                                               year (or equivalent of
                                                                                                                                                last 5 full upper level

                        Complete the resident academic research
                      project under the supervision of an established
                               family medicine researcher.

   Post-Residency (1 - 2 years): Complete a graduate, Masters-level, research program. The research project(s)/thesis required in such a
 program should be completed either in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a family medicine researcher. Potentially relevant
                                  graduate programs currently available at the University of Toronto include:

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      Name                               Description                                 Cost/Contact                       Website                  Prerequisite

                                                                                                                                                      · 4 year
                                                                                                                                                degree (20 full
                                                                                                                                           credits) or equivalent
                                                                                                                                             from an accredited
                                                                                                                                                 · Mid-B 73-76%
                                                                                                                                            average or better in
                                                                                                                                              the last academic
                                                                                                                                           year (or equivalent of
                                                                                                                                            last 5 full upper level
                                                                                                                                            · Statement of intent
                       The Master's program in Clinical Epidemiology      Time to complete – Full time over 2                                 which identifies an
                      and Health Care Research is primarily designed        years – Part-time over 3-5 years.                                  area of research
                        to serve the needs of health care providers       Application Deadline: Annually, Feb                                interest compatible
MSc (Health Policy,
                             (physicians, nurses, physiotherapists,                         1                   http://www.hpme.utoronto             with the
 Management &
                      occupational therapists, dentists, etc.) who wish     Cost: SGS (School of Graduate       .ca/about/gradprograms.h
   Evaluation)                                                                                                                             expertise and interests
                         to have formal training to do the research                  Studies) Fees –                       tm
     Clinical                                                                                                                                  of potential thesis
                        necessary to base health care delivery and
  Epidemiology                                                                         k/students                                                    advisors
                          clinical practice on the best evidence of
                      effectiveness and with the most efficient use of                                                                           · Two letters of
                                      scarce resources.                                                                                         reference from
                                                                                                                                             and/or professional
                                                                                                                                              supervisors or other
                                                                                                                                            appropriate contact
                                                                                                                                             · Relevant research
                                                                                                                                              · Minimum release
                                                                                                                                             time of 3 weekdays
                                                                                                                                                    for fulltime
                                                                                                                                                students and 2
                                                                                                                                              weekdays for part-
                                                                                                                                            time students over 2

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      Name                               Description                          Cost/Contact                      Website                Prerequisite

                       The MHSc with a specialization in Community
                    Health and Epidemiology (CHE) provides a solid
                            base in epidemiological methods, an
                       understanding of the breadth of community
                    health and opportunities for applied experiential
                    learning in public health practice, research and
                         policy. The degree program is intended for
                     students who want to work in an applied public
                     health setting, as well as those whose interest is
                     in a research career and/or those who want to
  MHSc (Public           pursue a PhD in epidemiology. As such the
 Health Sciences)      curriculum emphasizes quantitative methods,
> Epidemiology &    critical appraisal of evidence, data analysis and
Community Health      interpretation. In contrast to strictly skills based
                           programs, the MHSc in CHE is aimed at
                           developing leaders who can make an
                        independent contribution when faced with
                     public health challenges, and lead initiatives in
                    the field. In addition, completion of the program
                     meets the requirement for physicians training to
                         be Medical Officers of Health in Canada.
                       Graduates with a MHSc in CHE have pursued
                       careers in public health field settings, applied
                          research agencies, as well as careers in
                                     academic research.

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      Name                              Description                               Cost/Contact                     Website                 Prerequisite

                        The MHSc degree with a specialization in
                    Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
                        is offered with two options: a professional
                    training option in occupational hygiene, and a
                       research training option in occupational or
                                   environmental health.

                           Professional Training Option Description:
                        Occupational hygiene is a multidisciplinary
                         profession drawing upon many basic and
                            applied disciplines in the life, physical,
                        engineering and Behavioural sciences. The
                     main aim of the profession is the prevention of
                     disease and injury arising from the workplace. It
                    involves the identification of health hazards, the    Director: Andrea Sass-Kortsak
                       evaluation or assessment of the extent of risk
  MHSc (Public
                      posed by the hazards, and the elimination or
 Health Sciences)                                                           Phone: 416 - 978-6239         http://www.phs.utoronto.c
                        control of the risks. Health hazards typically
 >Occupational                                                               Fax:    416 - 978-2608       a/mhsc_occ_env_hlth.asp
                        found in the workplace include chemicals;
and Environmental                                                         E-mail:
                      physical agents, such as noise, heat, vibration
                      and radiation; and biological agents, such as
                            bacteria, fungi and viruses. In addition
                         ergonomic and safety hazards commonly
                     encountered in workplaces, are also of interest
                        in occupational hygiene as are workplace
                                      environmental controls.
                            Research Training Option Description:
                      The objective of the MHSc Occupational and
                        Environmental Health research option is to
                     provide training to students who wish to pursue
                           a research career in occupational and
                     environmental health. The program still requires
                      10.0 FCE. However there is considerably more
                         flexibility in the course selection and in the
                      length and nature of the practicum activities
                                than in the professional option.

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       Name                                Description                                  Cost/Contact                         Website                  Prerequisite

                                                                              Matters to do with the program
                                                                                itself (curriculum, admissions,
                                                                                 supervision, comprehensive
                       This PhD degree program with a Social Science           examinations, thesis defences,
                        and Health Specialization (SSH) focuses on the       etc.), are handled by the Program
                           application of social science theory and           Director and faculty associated
                       methodology to research on health, illness and          with the PhD Program in Social
                         health care. Faculty involved in the degree                    Science & Health.
   MHSc (Public                                                                                                    http://www.phs.utoronto.c
                        program come from a range of social science
 Health Sciences)                                                                                                  a/ssh_descrip.asp#Descripti
                       backgrounds, including sociology, psychology,
> Social Science &                                                           The PhD program in Social Science                 on
                         human geography, criminology and health
   Health (PhD)                                                                   & Health is directed by:
                          policy. This program also participates and
                            encourages participation in a variety of
                            interdisciplinary graduate collaborative         Program Director: Professor Liviana
                       programs, such as Addiction Studies, Aging and         Calzavara, Department of Public
                       the Life Course, Women’s Studies and Bioethics.                Health Sciences
                                                                                       Tel: 416-978-4643
                                                                                      Fax: 416-971-2704

                             The PhD graduate program emphasizes
                                research work. The minimum course
                       requirement for the PhD degree in the IMS is the
                            equivalent of one full graduate course, in                                                                           To qualify for the PhD
                        addition to MSC 1011Y "PhD Student Seminars."                                                                            degree, a thesis must
                             Depending on the student's background                                                                               be submitted and the
                             preparation, and in consultation with the                                                                           student must pass a n
                        supervisor and Program Committee members,                   Admissions Officer:                                           internal examination
Institute of Medical        additional course may be recommended.                       Hazel Pollard
                                                                                                                     /programs/doctoral.htm      before proceeding to
       Science         Students may be required to take extra courses                   416-978-5012
                          in addition to the degree requirements listed                                           the final PhD oral
                             above. Students are expected to be on-                                                                                    examination
                            campus and participating full-time until all                                                                            conducted by the
                            program requirements are completed. It is                                                                              School of Graduate
                       expected that courses will be completed in the                                                                                      Studies.
                         first year, and that the research, written thesis
                        and defence will be completed by the end of
                                            year 3 or 4.

 Adult Education/
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STREAM TWO -prior graduate degree in research
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