CRA Summer Studentship Programs

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There is high demand for new Rheumatologists in Canada. The Summer Studentship Program is an excellent way for medical students to gain experience and interest in this important sub-specialty. Each student can apply for both the clinical and research studentships but can only accept one studentship if both applications are successful. Each student can only submit a maximum of one application per studentship program (ie. 1 for research, 1 for clinical). Each mentor can only submit a maximum of one application (or equivalency) per clinical studentship program and a maximum of one application per research studentship program. This is a joint application between the student applicant and a member of the CRA (the mentor).

CRA-Pfizer Clinical Studentship: The CRA offers a clinical-based Summer Studentship (sponsored by Pfizer Canada) designed for Canadian students (citizens or permanent residents) registered in a medical school.  This experiential program selects students to shadow a Rheumatologist (CRA member) in a clinical setting.

  • A maximum of 1 full-time clinical studentship of up to 12 weeks or equivalency (i.e. 3 students x 4 weeks = 12 weeks total) per mentor will be awarded (minimum 4 weeks full-time at 37.5 hours per week).

Research Studentship: The CRA offers a research-based Summer Studentship (supported by the CRA, pending external funding) designed to introduce Canadian students (citizens or permanent residents) registered in a medical school, to the sub-specialty of rheumatology.  The program entails connecting a student with a CRA member for a rheumatology-based research project. These research projects must enable participating students to make a significant contribution over the course of the summer.

  • Only 1 full-time research studentship of up to 12 weeks per mentor will be awarded (minimum 6 weeks full-time at 37.5 hours per week).
  • Research studentships are full-time exclusively, no part-time option available.
  • The CRA will NOT consider 2 students sharing a research position.

Studentship Timeframe:  May-August

Studentship Duration:  Clinical Studentship 4-12 weeks, Research Studentship 6-12 weeks

Guidelines

Mentors

  • A list of eligible and willing mentors can be found on the application.

Note

Insurance Requirement:  Medical malpractice insurance is strictly required for ALL summer students if encountering patient contact.  The CRA is not responsible for the cost of obtaining such coverage.  Most educational institutions provide this insurance, however if this is not available (i.e. if applicant attends a foreign medical school), it is the responsibility of the summer student to obtain. 

Equal & Inclusive Employment:  The CRA is committed to the fundamental principles of equal and inclusive opportunities in employment. The CRA is committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of all employees is fair, open and transparent; will comply with all relevant legislative requirements and will be free from any bias and/or discrimination. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, training, education and summer studentship programs.

The CRA reserves the right to cancel this or any program without prior notice.

Summer Student Reflections

Summer Studentship Testimonials

Vivian Tan

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the CRA Clinical Summer Studentship. I conducted patient-centered interviews, focused musculoskeletal physical examinations and joint injections in various adult rheumatology outpatient clinics.

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the CRA Clinical Summer Studentship. I conducted patient-centered interviews, focused musculoskeletal physical examinations and joint injections in various adult rheumatology outpatient clinics.  My mentor taught me about the research she was conducting as well as trained me so I could see patients on my own. Through the experience, I felt inspired and empowered to pursue internal medicine and rheumatology. I was intrigued by the complexity of rheumatologic disease, rapidly evolving treatments with biologics and the potential for research within the specialty.  In addition, everyone in the clinic including the staff physicians, fellows, residents and nurses all shared their enthusiasm and excitement about rheumatology with me. My clinical experience allowed me to witness first-hand the positive impact rheumatologist can make on their patient’s lives.

Hsin Yen Liu

This summer, I completed a 6-week CRA clinical studentship, which was an extremely rewarding experience, as I had the privilege to be involved in the care of a wide variety of patients.

This summer, I completed a 6-week CRA clinical studentship, which was an extremely rewarding experience, as I had the privilege to be involved in the care of a wide variety of patients. This allowed me to gain valuable clinical skills and knowledge, and to appreciate the tremendous amount of difference that rheumatologists can make in their patients’ lives.

The studentship has reaffirmed my interest in the specialty and has motivated me to continually learn more about various rheumatic diseases.

 

Almohannad Atyani

As a first-year medical student, the CRA summer studentship program was extremely valuable by providing me with an opportunity to gain exposure to the field of rheumatology and develop my research experience.

As a first-year medical student, the CRA summer studentship program was extremely valuable by providing me with an opportunity to gain exposure to the field of rheumatology and develop my research experience. Through it I was able to explore the emerging yet important topic of advancing rheumatology models of care and the potential for Artificial Intelligence in medicine. After completing the project, I have gained a new-found appreciation of not only the importance of the medicine behind rheumatological conditions, but the importance of the methods that we use to administer rheumatology care and the impact that it can have on our patients, rheumatologists, and healthcare system as a whole.  As a result, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to share the results of my work in order to contribute my knowledge and ideas to the development of improved rheumatology models of care.

Irakli Dzneladze

This summer, I had the incredible experience of completing the CRA’s clinical summer studentship. This opportunity gave me invaluable insight into a career in rheumatology where I was able to build life-long relationships with an interprofessional rheumatology team.

This summer, I had the incredible experience of completing the CRA’s clinical summer studentship. This opportunity gave me invaluable insight into a career in rheumatology where I was able to build life-long relationships with an interprofessional rheumatology team. Throughout the studentship, I also had the chance to learn about current research in rheumatology. Both the clinical and research aspects of the summer studentship made me realize that specialization in rheumatology would allow me to combine my research interests and passion for treatment of chronic medical conditions. Specifically, I could combine my strong interest in immunology, deregulated inflammation, and bioinformatics to explore how we may improve quality of life of patients by identifying novel drug targets to treat autoimmune conditions.