The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Research Scholar program is being superseded by a new optional Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR), offered by the Institute of Medical Science in collaboration with the MD Program. GDipHR will be offered to selected medical students within the same 20-month time frame, starting in their first year and including two summer terms. Successful completion of this enriched program will lead to awarding of the Diploma on the graduating medical student’s academic transcript. It is expected that the first GDipHR students will begin their program in January, 2019. No offer of admissions will be made to the program pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
The purpose of the Diploma is to provide accepted applicants high quality training in health research in order to understand, interpret and apply the rapid changes in the scientific underpinnings of health care. The Diploma specifically targets those future physicians who will need the additional skills necessary to contribute to health-related studies in their future careers and the select group who will become leaders in health research. It will broaden the students’ awareness of the scope and depth of health research, and provide them with skills and networking interactions to facilitate their career development. It will also address an identified need in the training of physicians, especially of physician-scientists, and will provide one possible pathway to a career as a physician-scientist.
Additional information about GDipHR can be found here.