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Student Training Program

The Student Training Program is a unit of ODPRN that is devoted to recruiting and training students to conduct drug policy research generally using the administrative databases housed at ICES. Non-funded students can also become involved in the program. However, all students must be supported by a Core Academic Unit (CAU) member and must be pursuing drug policy-relevant research to be eligible for the program.

Program Objectives

The main objectives of the program are:

  1. To allow the opportunity for students to conduct drug safety and policy research
  2. To train students in the processes involved in using the administrative databases available at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) when relevant to their project
  3. To support trainees in their endeavours to work through a drug policy-relevant research project
  4. To establish a multidisciplinary environment that allows the students to collaborate with individuals, including other trainees, researchers, physicians, and policy-makers
  5. To expose the trainees to real life policy decision-making processes

Program Components

The successful candidates will be involved in the following program components:

  • The main aspect of the training program will involve the undertaking of an independent drug policy research project such as a systematic review, economic analysis, observational study, etc.
  • Projects may involve use of Ontario healthcare databases housed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) if data already exists or if projects can be covered by external funding
  • Attendance of webinars where Core Academic Unit (CAU) members and/or policy-makers will present on a specific research area
  • Participation in webinars where students will deliver presentations on research progress
  • Involvement in a drug policy experience, which may include attendance at policy meetings or telephone correspondence with policy-makers
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