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The Forum and its collaborators are pleased to be hosting a ‘virtual’ version of the masterclass on the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system. All sessions will be conducted online using Webex. We will be hosting four offerings of the virtual masterclass, with each offering 11 weeks in length:

  • 25 February 2019 to 6 May 2019 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30pm to 3:30pm)
  • 23 May 2019 to 1 August 2019 (sessions on Thursdays and Wednesdays, 12:00pm to 1:00pm)
  • 9 September 2019 to 25 November 2019 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30pm to 3:30pm)
  • 6 January 2020 to 23 March 2020 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00pm to 1:00pm)

Outline of the virtual masterclass

Each of the 11 weeks will include a one-hour instructional session and (in weeks 2 to 10) one additional one-hour ‘check-in’ session, which will allow for feedback and interaction among the participants regarding tasks stemming from the instructional sessions.

Schedule for 23 May 2019 to 1 August 2019 (sessions on Thursdays and Wednesdays, 12:00pm to 1:00pm):

Week  Primary session  Check-in session  Topic
Thursday 23 May 2019   n/a  Introduction 
2 Thursday 30 May 2019   Wednesday 5 June 2019   What do patients and families need to know?
Thursday 6 June 2019   Wednesday 12 June 2019   What do researchers and research trainees need to know? 
Thursday 13 June 2019   Wednesday 19 June 2019   What do healthcare providers need to know? 
Thursday 20 June 2019   Wednesday 26 June 2019   What do policymakers need to know?
Thursday 27 June 2019   Wednesday 3 July 2019   Ontario's health system 
Thursday 4 July 2019   Wednesday 10 July 2019   Small group dynamics and patients as contributors 
Thursday 11 July 2019   Wednesday 17 July 2019   Finding and using research evidence
Thursday 18 July 2019   Wednesday 24 July 2019   Indigenous peoples and Research ethics
10  Thursday 25 July 2019   Wednesday 31 July 2019   Content specific to patients and families
Content specific to health care providers
Content specific to researchers and research trainees
Content specific to policymakers and managers 
11  Thursday 1 August 2019   n/a  Wrap-up and conclusion 

All sessions in the first offering will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Future virtual offerings will follow the above outline but will take place on different dates, possibly at different times, and possibly with some minor ordering changes.

Connecting to the virtual masterclass

All sessions of the virtual masterclass will be conducted ‘live’ on the internet using the Webex platform. Participants need to ensure they have a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Participant commitment

  • 29 hours
    • 11 hours (1 hour per week) for virtual instruction
    • nine hours (1 hour per week excluding the first and last week) for check-ins/discussion
    • Approximately nine additional hours to complete tasks independently
  • Each participant must attend a minimum of 10 instructional sessions and seven check-in sessions in order to be eligible for a completion certificate.
  • If participants are unable to attend any of the sessions, each session will be recorded and posted for participants to view, however, these instances will not count toward a completion certificate.

Participant registration

Registration is open for all offerings of the virtual masterclass. Please complete the registration form. Registrants must be based in Ontario and fall into one of these categories:

  • patients and families
  • healthcare providers
  • policymakers and managers
  • researchers and research trainees

Spots for each category for each offering of the virtual masterclass are strictly limited. Successful registrants will be contacted at least two weeks prior to the start of the virtual offering.

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