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 Interdisciplinary Training 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. Trainees are often referred to as Highly Qualified Professionals (HQP).

Overview of the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program

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. Attendance of the CFN Webinar Series is mandatory for all trainees.  Webinars are held two Wednesdays a month, click here to see schedule and links to register.

How can I participate in the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program?

  1. Each CFN funded research or knowledge translation project includes HQP who are directly involved in the research component of the funded project. These team members can participate in selected components of the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program depending on the length of the funded project.
  2. Apply for a CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship. This program is open to graduate/doctoral/post-doctoral students or graduates, residents, fellows or working professionals. Participants conduct personal research projects, and complete all components of the Training Program.
  3. Apply for a CFN Summer Student Award. This program is open 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. Apply for a Mitacs Internship. 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.