The Training Program for 2018 is currently being updated – check back for more details in the new year.

Develop competencies in POR

The POR Training Program aims to provide comprehensive training about patient-oriented research to provide participants with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their research. Extended training on each topic will be offered throughout the year for those who are interested in pursuing some of the topics more in depth. Competencies in the following core areas will be addressed:

  1. Foundations of patient-oriented research
  2. Foundations of health services research
  3. Patient engagement
  4. Communications and collaborations
  5. Innovative methods for patient-oriented research
  6. Knowledge translation and knowledge synthesis
  7. Data

Network and connect with other POR researchers

In-person sessions will take place at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge. By attending sessions together as a group, participants will have access to on-site facilitators, networking, mentoring and connections with other patient-oriented researchers, students, faculty, health professionals and patients throughout the province.

Recordings of all previous Training Program sessions can be found below. If you are interested in registering for upcoming Training Program sessions, please visit our Eventbrite page.

2017 Training Program

December 7, 2017 — 8 – Clinical Trials in Alberta: A Showcase of Patient-Oriented Research
Presenter: Dr. Braden Manns

November 9, 2017 — 7 – The Value of Human-Centered Design When Creating KT Strategies
Presenter: Dr. Guillermina Noël

September 20, 2017 — 6 – Primary Uses of Alberta’s Secondary Health Care Data
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Bakal & Danielle Southern

May 31, 2017 — 5 – Innovative Methods for Patient-Oriented Research Part II: PREMS and PROMS 
Presenter: Fatima Al Sayah

May 3, 2017 — 4 – Innovative Methods for Patient-Oriented Research Part I: Identifying Patient Priorities
Presenter: Leah Lechelt

April 5, 2017 — 3 – Panel Discussion: Challenges in doing Patient-Oriented Research in a Changing Health Research Culture
Presenter: Leah Lechelt, Michael Chibuk, Mackenzie Moir & Akhila Regunathan

March 1, 2017 — 2 – Methods of Patient Engagement
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Petermann

January 18, 2017 — 1 – Foundations in Patient Oriented Research
Presenter: Michelle Lindberg

2016 Training Program

November 30, 2016 — 8 – Being a Trailblazer in Patient-Oriented Research: Challenges and Rewards
Presenter: Dr. Gail McKean

November 2, 2016 — 7 – Accessing Health Care Data in Alberta
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Bakal

October 5, 2016 — 6 – Closing the Gap: Knowledge Translation and Patient-Oriented Research
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Hartling & Kassi Shave

May 26, 2016 — 5 – Quantitative Methods for Patient-Oriented Research
Presenter: Dr. Maria Santana & Kyle Kemp

April 27, 2016 — 4 – Qualitative Methods for Patient-Oriented Research
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Marlett & Dr. Romita Chowdhury

April 6, 2016 — 3 – Engaging Vulnerable Populations in POR
Presenter: Dr. Judith Kulig & Dr. Jean Harrowing

February 24, 2016 — 2 – Beyond Participation: Patient Engagement in Health Research
Presenter: Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker, Dr. Kathy Hegadoren, Claire Large &  Alison Boudreau

January 27, 2016 — 1 – Introduction to SPOR and Patient-Oriented Research
Presenter: Dr. Marilynne Hebert & Dr. Braden Manns








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