PaCER is an experiential learning certificate program designed for patients and offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Education, currently delivered online. Delivered over 12 months, the program is broken down into three courses based on specific PaCER methodology. Research teams sponsor cohorts of 4-6 students and learning is project based.
The PaCER Training Program teaches citizens with lived experience in healthcare how to conduct research by, for and with patients in their communities. The Program’s primary goal is to incorporate research-informed patient voices into health system research, planning and policy.
1. Incorporate a research-based patient perspective into healthcare and health research
2. Teach learners research skills and how to conduct patient-engaged research
PaCER graduates work on health research projects in research teams and are supported through Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented Research by helping them identify opportunities such as:
The PaCER Training Program builds research skills in those with lived experience of healthcare, research that is by, for, and with patients and communities that the research is intended to benefit. The program aims to include research- informed patient voices into health system research, planning and policy.
When you sponsor a cohort in the PaCER Training Program, you:
PaCER graduates become connected to a network of professionals who work on research projects related to patient-oriented research. PaCER graduates assist health research and community engagement projects and are supported through Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research in identifying opportunities.
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