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ICES Faculty Scholars Program

The ICES Faculty Scholars Program is a two-year, part-time learning opportunity for Ontario-based academic faculty who wish to develop the key skills and gain the necessary ICES experience to obtain an appointment as an ICES scientist. Our goal is to train investigators who are passionate about population health and health services research and to continue broadening the pool of world-class researchers at ICES.

The program provides:

  • Training in the use of Ontario's health administrative databases for research
  • Seminars on advanced methods relevant to population health research
  • Opportunities for collaboration with experts across the ICES network
  • Individual project mentorship and data analytic support to develop, execute and publish one or more research studies using Ontario's health administrative databases.

The program was established at ICES Western in 2013 for the faculty of Western University. Beginning in September 2017, the program became open to university faculty across Ontario, allowing faculty to fully participate by leveraging partnerships with other ICES sites and the use of an interactive e-learning environment.

Since its inception, the Faculty Scholars Program has trained over 40 researchers from a variety of disciplines including anaesthesia and perioperative medicine, clinical neurological sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, family medicine, medicine, nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, otolaryngology, paediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.

Faculty scholars have published in a number of high-impact journals in their respective fields, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“The methods of planning and completing an ICES project are unique. This program is the best possible way to demystify the process and produce high quality work from the outset. The amount of support is outstanding, so you have confidence that your work will be successful”  -Dr. Andrew Appleton, Assistant Professor (General Internal Medicine), Western University

 “My time at ICES reignited my passion for research. I found the Faculty Scholars Program to be very stimulating, and the support I received at ICES was outstanding. I cannot recommend this program highly enough to any academic faculty who want to engage in real -world research to improve patient outcomes” -Dr.Neville Suskin, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Western University

“The Faculty Scholars Program is extremely well structured and run. The Program provides a positive and open learning environment for Scholars to ask questions and learn about the administrative and practical aspects pertaining to conducting research at ICES.”     -Dr. James Crispo, Researcher, Health Sciences North Institute

Tuition

Tuition for the two-year program is $50,000, payable in annual installments of $25,000.

Current and past scholars have accessed funding to assist with tuition from a number of organizations, including:

  • Home university faculty, department or division
  • Local academic (medical) organizations
  • Local research institutes
  • Local ICES site

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