December, 2014 Call for Applicants – Graduate Students & Fellows ODPRN Student Training Program Information Overview of ODPRN The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) involves leading clinical researchers from five medical schools across Ontario. Its primary objective is to generate scientifically sound evidence on drug utilization, safety, and effectiveness for the purpose of informing drug policy decisions. The three core principles of the ODPRN are: scientific rigor, timeliness, and policy-relevance. Please visit our website for more information about ODPRN and our research: http://www.odprn.ca/ Overview of the Student Training Program The ODPRN Student Training Program is seeking three motivated and hard-working students with a strong interest in drug policy research: 1) A Master’s student pursuing a thesis-based degree will receive $17,500 to complete one research project within 1 year. 2) A PhD student pursuing a thesis-based degree will receive $27,500 to complete at least one research project within 1 year. 2) A Clinical or Post-Doctoral Fellow will receive $40,000 to complete two research projects (or one larger project) within 1 year. Candidates are expected to devote at least 60% of their time to research. The main objectives of this program: 1. To allow the opportunity for students to conduct drug safety and policy research using large Ontario health databases 2. To train students in the processes involved in using the administrative databases available at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to conduct research 3. To support the trainees in their endeavours to work through all phases of a drug policy-relevant research project using administrative databases 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 generally using provincial databases housed at ICES Attendance of webinars where CAU members will present on a specific research area Participation in webinars where students will deliver presentations on research progress December, 2014 Call for Applicants – Graduate Students & Fellows Involvement in a drug policy experience, which may include attendance at policy meetings or telephone correspondence with policy-makers Attendance and participation at the annual ODPRN retreat through a presentation on research progress Application Timeline Submission Deadline Notice of Final Decision Program / Funding Start Date Feb. 1, 2015 March, 2015 May 2015 or Sept 2015 Application Information Eligibility Criteria Applicants are eligible to apply for funding if they meet the following criteria: Graduate students must be enrolled in a Masters or PhD thesis-based program at one of the following Ontario universities: McMaster, Ottawa University, Queens, University of Toronto, Western University or Fellows must hold a PhD and/ or an MD. Individuals with a PhD must be enrolled in a post-doctoral fellowship. Individuals with an MD must have completed residency and be enrolled in a clinical fellowship. Cannot concurrently hold any other major scholarships i.e. OGS, CIHR. Must demonstrate, through a one-page statement of interest, that research interests are consistent with the program and specifically address drug policy research. Must identify a Core Academic Unit (CAU) member who is willing to support your application and agrees to act as a key resource throughout the program (please see Appendix listing possible CAU members and their contact information). Application Instructions Please email or mail the following documents to Danielle Nash (contact information below): The completed and signed application form. A detailed CV describing the following information: educational attainment, research experience, awards/ scholarships received, relevant presentations and publications. A one-page statement of interest describing a proposed drug policy research project (please see Appendix on descriptions of drug policy projects). Copies of all university transcripts. Two letters of reference from two academic/ professional mentors who can comment on your research abilities. One should be from your primary graduate supervisor. A letter from a CAU member with a declaration that they are willing to supervise you in their capacity working with ODPRN (this is in addition to the reference letters unless CAU member is already your primary supervisor). December, 2014 Call for Applicants – Graduate Students & Fellows Please submit applications and/ or direct any questions to: ODPRN Student Training Program Coordinator: Danielle Nash, MSc Kidney Clinical Research Unit, Room ELL-113a London Health Sciences Centre 800 Commissioners Road East London, ON, N6A 4G5 Phone: 519-685-8500 ext. 55980 Email: [email protected] December, 2014 Call for Applicants – Graduate Students & Fellows Appendices Core Academic Unit (CAU) Members’ Contact Information CAU Member Email Phone Number University Affiliation Dr. Anne Holbrook [email protected] 905-522-1155 Ext 35269 McMaster Mr. Michael Paterson [email protected] 416-480-4055 Ext 3869 McMaster Dr. Doug Coyle [email protected] 613-562-5800 Ext 8690 Ottawa Dr. Gerald Evans [email protected] 613-533-6619 Queens Dr. Peter Austin [email protected] 416-480-4055 Ext 6131 UofT Dr. Irfan Dhalla [email protected] 416-864-6060 Ext 7113 UofT Ms. Tara Gomes [email protected] 416-480-4055 Ext 2746 UofT Dr. David Juurlink [email protected] 416-480-4055 Ext 3039 UofT Dr. Andreas Laupacis [email protected] 416-864-5780 UofT Dr. Muhammad Mamdani [email protected] 416-864-3037 UofT Dr. Amit Garg [email protected] 519-685-8502 Western & McMaster Dr. Matthew Weir [email protected] 519-685-8500 Ext 35041 Western December, 2014 Call for Applicants – Graduate Students & Fellows What Constitutes a Drug Policy Project? A project that is relevant to Ontario Public Drug Program’s policy-makers may include: Drug plan costs as a function of drug policy decisions. For example, addition / deletion from formulary, change in listing status of drugs on formulary (e.g. limited use to general benefit), or impact of changing the prescribing of a drug (e.g. policy which allows only certain health care providers to prescribe a specific drug). Changes in drug utilization, including studies examining predictors of changes in drug utilization, temporal utilization trends and geographic distribution, particularly related to high-cost drugs. Understanding utilization, adherence and provincial plan costs of drugs within a specific class to understand the implications of adding a new expensive drug to the formulary within that class / with a similar indication. Appropriateness of characteristics of patients using particular drugs and the physicians who prescribe them (e.g. proportion of drug use that is being used for the approved indication compared to off-label use). Economic evaluations of selected drug therapies, including budget impact analyses as well as traditional health economic evaluations (the model estimates may come from population-based administrative databases at ICES). Assessment of system level interventions to determine if they have had an impact on improving the health of populations with respect to drug efficacy, safety, and cost. Knowledge translation initiatives. For example, testing interventions to increase awareness and uptake of study results by physicians and patients. Other projects with clear policy relevance will also be considered. These projects may also include some clinical aspects (e.g. comparative effectiveness and / or drug safety), however it is important for them to include policy aspects as well in order to demonstrate relevance to Ontario Public Drug Program’s policy-makers.
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