CRA Summer Studentship Programs

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, its impact is reaching rheumatologists across Canada and the world. The CRA has been closely monitoring the situation and, after careful consideration, we have made the unfortunate decision to cancel the Summer Studentship program for the year 2020.

This decision was not made lightly, and was based primarily on public health directives (e.g. the need for continued social distancing in the months to come) as well as in consideration of the increased demands on our mentor’s individual practices and availability to deliver much needed care.

The CRA’s Summer Studentship program is crucial in developing mentorship opportunities and interest in the field of rheumatology. We would like to thank our  applicants, mentors, reviewers and sponsors for both your hard work in preparation for the 2020 program, and for your understanding as CRA makes this difficult decision.  

We appreciate your continued support and anticipate the return of our Summer Studentship program in 2021.

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 (i.e. 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 35 hours per week).

Research Studentship: The CRA offers a research-based Summer Studentship (supported by CRA, pending external funding, to be confirmed by May 15th, 2020) 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 8 weeks per mentor will be awarded (minimum 6 weeks full-time at 35 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 6-8 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.  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

Lori Desroches

Thanks to the CRA clinical practicum, I had the privilege to have my desire to persevere in a medicine program confirmed. Indeed, I am passionate about the constant challenges of the profession and the special relationships with patients.

Thanks to the CRA clinical practicum, I had the privilege to have my desire to persevere in a medicine program confirmed. Indeed, I am passionate about the constant challenges of the profession and the special relationships with patients. That being said, the practicum opened the door for me to the greatest of discoveries, that of Rheumatology. In six weeks, I actually thrived by exploring and  learning about this new environment where a perfect balance is struck between MSK, immunology and the monitoring of chronic diseases. I also mean to say that the CHUL team is a dynamic, human and passionate one, a perfect trio for enticing me into following their path.

Diane Ramsay

I learned so much through my summer clinical studentship with the CRA. I got to see both inpatient consults and outpatient clinics, and this really gave me a great idea of a the huge breadth of diseases and conditions that rheumatology covers.

Headshot Diane Ramsay

I learned so much through my summer clinical studentship with the CRA. I got to see both inpatient consults and outpatient clinics, and this really gave me a great idea of a the huge breadth of diseases and conditions that rheumatology covers. I got to see patients and take histories and do physicals, as well as learn about diagnoses and medications. It was an invaluable experience and I cannot wait to further continue exploring rheumatology.