Canadian Frailty Network is dedicated to producing the next generation of researchers, scientists, care providers and policy makers equipped with the  disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary skills, experiences, and attitudes compatible with providing the highest quality of care for older adults living with frailty.

Our program provides experiential learning opportunities that go beyond traditional academic and professional training confines, offering specific insights into frailty and frailty assessment, and citizen engagement in both research and care provision that would not be readily available through other means.

To develop and implement a strategy to recruit and train Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP), the Board of CFN relies on its advisory Education and Training Committee. This Committee is chaired by an appointee, who reports to the Research Management Committee on its behalf. Committee membership reflects the multisectoral and multidisciplinary nature of CFN’s activities.

Opportunities for HQP

  1. Each Network-funded research or knowledge translation project includes HQP who are directly involved in the research component of the funded project, and who also participate in selected components of the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program depending on the length of the funded project.
  2. The CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program is a program where Fellows conduct personal research projects, and complete all components of the Training Program.
  3. CFN also offers Summer Student Awards for undergraduate students who work on personal research projects, or a projects of their supervisors, and who also participate in selected components of the Training Program.
  4. CFN-Mitacs Accelerate internships engage HQP to address unique business research challenges, who benefit from mentored insight and expertise. These internships are open to graduate students and post-doc fellows, as well as for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations in all industry sectors, including industry associations, charitable groups and economic development agencies.

Training Program Requirements for HQP

HQP participating in the Canadian Frailty Network Interdisciplinary Training Program must complete a number of modules in addition to any research project work, including an overview of frailty and frailty assessment tools, and best practices for patient/citizen engagement. Click here to see an overview of the Training Program Requirements.

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