CRA Summer Studentship Programs
The CRA Summer Studentship competition will open on Monday, February 20, 2023. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24, 2023.
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 6th, 2022) 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 30 to 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-September
Studentship Duration: Clinical Studentship 4-12 weeks, Research Studentship 6-12 weeks
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
Research studentship is a great opportunity to initiate me to rheumatology.
CRA summer studentship has been one of the most exciting parts of my medical education to date.
The CRA Summer Studentship Program helped provide me with the means to pursue rheumatology research, especially given that it’s a field we don’t get too much exposure to in medical school.
The CRA research program provided an amazing opportunity for me to explore clinical research, engage in teaching opportunities, and connect with rheumatology faculty.
Prior to the CRA studentship, I thought rheumatology was about managing arthritis in elderly folk and given I am interested in working in pediatrics, I really had no interest in exploring this field.
I absolutely loved my experience in the CRA Summer Studentship program!