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PhD in Cardiac Rehabilitation Guideline Development and Implementation

Project summary:

This PhD will be directly attached to the next round of Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR) guidelines delivery. CACPR is the national leaders in cardiac rehabilitation and have been producing the Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation guidelines for the last 30 years. The current project will be focused on optimising the development and implementation process of the new guideline cycle. Though the project is national in scope, the position will be based at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca), which is a collaborative centre between the CIUSSS-NIM Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal, Concordia University, and UQAM.

Position summary:

The individual who is selected for this position will be expected to work with the lead of the Guideline process, Dr. Simon Bacon (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca/member/simon-bacon/), in developing and testing effective implementation strategies for the uptake of the developed guidelines.

In addition to aspects of coordination, the fellow will be able to work on a variety of research-related aspects of the study including:

  • Working with sub-sections and the Central Review Committee to develop specific guidelines
  • Systematic reviews, meta-analyses and reporting
  • Development and dissemination of guideline tools
  • Participating in stakeholder engagement activities

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in a related applied clinical discipline (e.g., Epidemiology, Public Health, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, Medicine,)
  • Prior experience conducting research in at least one of the following areas
    • Implementation science
    • Guideline development
    • Systematic reviews/meta-analyses
    • Tertiary chronic disease prevention
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated research productivity (e.g., conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, master’s thesis, honours thesis)
  • Ability to work autonomously and take a lead role on projects under supervision of principal investigators

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience using integrated stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Openness to learn new methods and techniques in an applied clinical setting
  • Ability to communicate (orally) in both English and French
  • Provincial, national and international candidates are encouraged to apply

Start date, Duration, Stipend, and Location:

The PhD will start in September 2019 (though there is also the possibility of starting during the summer of 2019); funding has already been received.

The funding package consists of a minimum 3-year stipend (consistent with Fonds de Recherche du Quebec funding levels) plus conference / training funding. For out of province and international candidates there are also tuition waivers potentially available.

The successful candidate will be registered at Concordia University in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology (www.concordia.ca); the actual work would be conducted at the CIUSSS-NIM, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal (www.crhscm.ca).

To apply, please forward the following:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including summary of GPA’s, a full publication list (including hyperlinks where possible) and email contact details for two referees
  • A letter of motivation and statement of research accomplishments and future research goals

How to apply:

  • The complete application package must be emailed to: apply@mbmc-cmcm.ca. Please include “PhD in Guideline Development and Implementation” in the subject line.
  • Queries about the application should be sent to Dr. Bacon (simon.bacon@concordia.ca).
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th December 2018, 5 pm EST. Interviews will be conducted in January 2019 and the successful candidate will need to apply to the University by the official application deadline.