Masterclass on the Conduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research
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Masterclass Patient-Oriented Research

Masterclass on the Conduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research

The masterclass is designed to prepare future champions for the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system and future mentors to others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research.


  • To develop the competencies needed to support the conduct and use patient-oriented research in Ontario
  • To become familiar with the additional training and other supports available in Ontario to conduct and use patient-oriented research
  • To identify ways that you, your organization and other organizations with whom you work can better support the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in the future and monitor and evaluate your efforts

Funders and contributing partners
The masterclass is supported by the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) with funding from the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  The design of the masterclass curriculum and coordination of the faculty involved in its execution are being led by the McMaster Health Forum in partnership with the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

The masterclass is designed to prepare a cadre of key individuals drawn from four groups – a) patients and families, b) healthcare providers, c) policymakers and managers, and d) researchers and research trainees – to champion and support the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system.

Participation is by invitation, following a nomination and selection process following the steps described below. Please note that the nomination is open only for residents of Ontario.

NOTE: Nominations for the November 2017 masterclass session are due by Friday 30 June at 4:00pm. All those selected will be contacted in early September. If you previously nominated someone using the old PDF form, please re-submit your nomination using the new form linked below.


  1. Nomination

    If you believe that you or someone you know is eligible for participation in the masterclass, please use this form and follow instructions for submitting it to the McMaster Health Forum. The criteria for participation is included in the nomination form.

  2. Selection and formal invitations

    Selected nominees will receive an invitation to participate, with priority given to those who:

    • have an emerging or strong interest in patient-oriented research
    • have experience as one of:
      • patient or family member of a patient who has received care in Ontario’s health system,
      • healthcare provider who participates in or uses (or would like to use) patient-oriented research in their clinical practice,
      • policymaker or manager who supports (or would like to support) patient-oriented research or uses it in their decision-making, or
      • researcher or research trainee who conducts (or would like to conduct) patient-oriented research
    • have qualities that make them well suited to, and likely to commit to, act as champions for patient-oriented research and, when possible, to mentor others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research
    • contribute to the diversity of the participants by virtue of the part of the province where they’re from or their gender, first language, ethnocultural background, age (or career stage), patient-engagement experience, and focus/interest.
  3. Confirmation
    Once participants RSVP to confirm their participation, they will receive further details about travel and participation arrangements as well as pre-masterclass briefing material, including a link to a masterclass DropBox folder of relevant resources.

The format for the masterclass combines in-person sessions with online modules and updates. The in-person sessions are provided in the form of a three-day seminar (a combination of plenary and group sessions, Monday to Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

Dates and locations
All sessions will take place in Toronto, Ontario. There are three session options and we ask nominees to specify which option they are able to attend (and, if more than one date, to rank order their preferences):

  • 18 - 20 April 2016 (completed)
  • 7 - 9 November 2016 (completed), and
  • 6 - 8 November 2017 (current priority for nominations)

The curriculum can be found here and includes:

  • the agenda for the in-person masterclass session,
  • a description of two pre-masterclass tasks that participants will be required to do individually,
  • a section outlining the competencies identified as salient by the OSSU Working Group on Training and Capacity Building, by group (table 1), and
  • a section with the names and affiliations of those who contributed to the design of the masterclass (table 2).

Individual participants will not be required to cover any fees, but they will be required to contribute their own time to the training (there is no honoraria).

Course participation, travel, meals and accommodation expenses are covered in full by the OSSU, and details about eligible expenses will be provided at the time of the confirmation.

Participants are required to have access to a computer and Internet connectivity for online modules and updates.

If you have any questions, please contact the McMaster Health Forum at 1-905-525-9140 ext. 22121, or at


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