Presentations and workshops are conducted in small groups during a three day, on-site symposium followed by on-line components when participants return to their home institutions.
Experience indicates this face-to-face symposium is important in order to: build enthusiasm; model interdisciplinary communication and discussion; build supportive relationships; impart material not easily transmitted on-line; and negotiate the process for the on-line learning.
This year the symposium was hosted by The University of Western Ontario and held on:
ON LINE CURRICULUM:
Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups:
- Trainees will participate in an asynchronous (i.e., participants log-on at their convenience) on-line interdisciplinary/research formal discussion group covering one topic/project every week.
- Fall - Trainees are responsible for the presentation of their developing project (usually their thesis project) on a rotating basis. The on-line group and Mentors facilitate solutions tailored to the primary health care methods, measures and setting. Each trainee’s supervisor is specifically encouraged to give input on-line during their own trainee’s presentation. Active participation in all weeks is expected.
- Winter - Interdisciplinary group members will work together on an interdisciplinary primary health care research proposal in response to a mock Call for Proposals. Each group member will be responsible for facilitating the discussion on a section of the proposal (one week) and active participation in the other weeks.
- On-line workshops to fill gaps in the trainees discipline-based graduate programs regarding both interdisciplinary theory and process and unique primary health care research issues and methodologies. Trainees will participate in at least two on-line workshops during the year.
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- The program’s Mentors (educators/researchers from various disciplines in primary health care) will offer leadership and guidance to participants until they are established primary health care researchers.
- Trainees will have a primary Mentor. All participants will have access to Mentors from all disciplines for questions/discussions regarding their research. All participants will be encouraged to submit their grant applications and manuscripts for peer-review among the mentors prior to submission.