CRA Summer Studentship Programs 2019-01-15T14:24:09+00:00

CRA Summer Studentship Programs

Summer Studentship application deadline is March 4, 2019. Students will be advised by April 30, 2019 as to the status of their application.

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

Application Forms

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

Elvis Raymond Mukwikwi 

I found out about the summer studentship through my school and decided to apply in order to experience hands on a research project in this sub-specialty.  It is after my first clinical exposure with a rheumatologist that I became interested in this field.

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Elvis Raymond Mukwikwi 

I found out about the summer studentship through my school and decided to apply in order to experience hands on a research project in this sub-specialty.  It is after my first clinical exposure with a rheumatologist that I became interested in this field. I had the privilege of being mentored by a great clinician-researcher who gave me the opportunity to work autonomously. I was pleased to realize how rheumatology research in the context of epidemiology involves the collaboration between different fields of medicine.  On one occasion, I had the chance to shadow my mentor at the lupus clinic. This enabled me to appreciate the clinical aspect of rheumatology and to meet patients who were directly involved in my study.  Furthermore, I had the opportunity to present my preliminary results at a seminar in front of other researchers. The feedbacks lead me to better appreciate the significance of our results and guided me to explore other avenues. I am now assured I wish to pursue a career in rheumatology and research and how the importance of new findings can better improve the quality of care.

Ada Lo 

I am so glad to have been selected for this program. This program provides valuable opportunities to gain insight into a gemstone profession and opportunities to develop valuable clinical skills.

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Ada Lo 

I am so glad to have been selected for this program. This program provides valuable opportunities to gain insight into a gemstone profession and opportunities to develop valuable clinical skills.

The studentship also helped me find a lifelong mentor.

 

 

Leonardo Martin Calderon

The CRA studentship program has been a magnificent entry point into Rheumatology. I was able to learn and continue developing skills which will become very valuable in a future career that involves research. I will continue to be involved in the field of Rheumatology as direct result of this program.

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Leonardo Martin Calderon

The CRA studentship program has been a magnificent entry point into Rheumatology. I was able to learn and continue developing skills which will become very valuable in a future career that involves research. I will continue to be involved in the field of Rheumatology as direct result of this program.