Partners in Research (PiR)

Interested in learning about Patient-Oriented Research?

This course consists of 4 live web-based sessions and is designed for patients, families/caregivers and healthcare researchers. The PiR course will focus on how patients, families, and healthcare researchers can work together to improve health research and healthcare.Workshop highlights include:

  • A personalized online learning environment to help you set and meet your individual patient-oriented research learning goals.
  • Interactive activities and discussions to help you build capacity in applying patient-oriented research principles.
  • Connect with others who are interested in or already involved in patient-oriented research.
  • Access to a variety of useful resources on patient-oriented research.

PiR aims to help patients and families/caregivers:

  • Voice their real-life experiences and encourage others to do the same
  • Partner with researchers
  • Engage in decision-making
  • Engage in meaningful discussions around patient-oriented research

PiR aims to help researchers:

  • Select an appropriate patient engagement strategy
  • Partner with patients
  • Engage patients in decision-making and better understand patient’s needs
  • Engage in meaningful discussions around patient-oriented research

The course is open to patients, their families/caregivers, healthcare researchers, and graduate students who are either currently involved in projects that relate to patient-oriented research or those who are interested in learning more about how to participate in patient-oriented research.

Applications are now closed for both healthcare researchers and patients/family members/caregivers. Due to a high volume of applications for PiR, we have reached capacity for both our Spring and Fall 2018 cohorts. We will open applications for future PiR offerings.

If you would like to discuss whether this workshop aligns with your learning goals and needs, please contact Melissa Courvoisier (

The PiR course will be offered at no cost to participants for the Spring and Fall 2018 cohorts.