Capacity for patient-oriented research means all partners – patients, researchers, health system professionals, policymakers, and more – are trained and working collaboratively towards the common goal of high quality health care and improved patient outcomes within an integrated learning health system.
In line with CIHR’s Capacity Development Framework, AbSPORU offers diverse, responsive and integrated training opportunities designed to create a culture of learning and collaboration within Alberta’s health system and research communities. Our training environment includes a suite of eLearning modules, certificate courses, graduate studentships, an annual conference, and more.
AbSPORU’s collection of eLearning modules and videos provide introductory literacy, skills and knowledge on key topics in patient-oriented research.
Our 2022 AbSPORU Collaborative Forum is a signature conference event to bring together patient-oriented research communities, celebrate our successes, and collaborate on new ideas. Offering in-person and virtual training workshops, keynote presentations, panel discussions, poster contests, and more, this event provides opportunities for learning, sharing, and networking.
The highly competitive AbSPORU Graduate Studentship funds Master’s and PhD students to train in patient-oriented research. The program provides an award of $30,000 towards a thesis-based degree, along with a comprehensive year-long training component. Through embedded learning and mentorship, recipients gain the knowledge, experience, and connections needed to build exciting careers that leverage their expertise in patient-oriented research.
Our certificate courses provide a deeper dive into patient-oriented research topics and approaches. Delivered primarily online, each course concentrates on a specific content area and offers practical and applied learning for you to advance patient-oriented research in practice. Participants benefit from opportunities for networking, mentoring and connecting with others across the research and health system community. Courses are offered annually and vary in length from 2 to 6 months.
Receive a Certificate of Completion for each course you successfully complete. Complete all of our certificate courses to earn the AbSPORU Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research Microcredential.
This 3-credit graduate course is offered each Spring/Summer semester by the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. The course is open to graduate students outside the School of Public Health. Students not enrolled at the University of Alberta may register for this course through the Western Deans’ Agreement.
SPH 566 provides a critical bridge between general research skills and the challenges of patient-oriented research. Explore theoretical foundations and practical implications, as well as research design principles, concepts, methods and applications of patient-oriented research. Learning content includes weekly synchronous (i.e., live) live webinars and asynchronous activities (e.g., eLearning modules, journal assignments).
NOTE: This course aligns in part with the AbSPORU Foundations of Patient-Oriented Research Certificate course. If you complete SPH 566, you are automatically eligible to request and receive the AbSPORU Foundations of Patient-Oriented Research Certificate of Completion.
This 3-credit course is offered at the University of Calgary. Eligible University of Calgary students may enrol, and graduate students outside the University of Calgary may be eligible to enrol in this course through the Western Dean Agreement process.
This course provides a theoretical overview of patient and community engaged health research, and shares considerations for engaging patients and community members in health research projects. Students will also have many opportunities throughout the term to learn directly from many experts, including patient research partners, academic and clinician researchers and others working in the public and patient engagement space.
Next Course Dates: Fall 2022 | Time: Mondays, 9am-12noon | Location: Online.
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NOTE: This course aligns in part with the AbSPORU Foundations of Patient-Oriented Research Certificate course. If you complete MDCH 700, you are automatically eligible to request and receive the AbSPORU Patient Engagement in Patient-Oriented Research Certificate of Completion
Each year our webinar series focuses on a priority area in POR. We collaborate with researchers, health-system stakeholders, patient partners, and POR experts across Canada to explore emerging topics and advance POR principles and practices through our webinars.
For 2021 and 2022 our webinar series focus is Shaping POR Research Environments Through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
University of Calgary Foothills Campus
3330 Hospital Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
1702, 8215 112 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
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