Training with NCRTP-HepC
A trainee inducted into the NCRTP-HepC should be prepared for a unique, exciting training experience. Multiple training techniques will be applied to ensure that the selected candidates will be exposed to all facets of hepatitis C.
A) A Transdisciplinary View of Hepatitis C
The foundation of the training program is a webcasted transdisciplinary guide to hepatitis C and its medical, social, and economic impact. Trainees will be introduced to the viewpoints of multiple disciplines, such as immunologists, clinicians, nurses, virologists, etc.
B) Exploring the World of Hepatitis C
Trainees will investigate and discuss cases associated with hepatitis C in a video conferenced live seminar. Through videoconferencing, trainees will be able to interact and gain practical insight into the views and approaches of other disciplines e.g. statistics, ethics, industry, labour relations, economics; a true collaborative network of researchers across various fields of research.
C) What’s News in Hepatitis C
Trainees will be encouraged to maintain a current knowledge base by participation in online journal club. Each participant will be seeking articles corresponding to historical and current events in hepatitis C to expose their fellow trainees to issues relevant to their specific research.
D) An Annual Meeting for NCRTP-HepC
Partway through their studies, trainees will submit abstracts and NCRTP-HepC mentors will invite a select few to present their research and studies in progress to the other NCRTP-HepC mentors, trainees, and industry representatives. We expect that this will be extremely valuable, permitting trainees to meet face-to-face and present to peers, visiting professors, and industry partners. Also, awards will be given to the best clinical and the best basic science presentations selected by a guest speaker and a panel of evaluators.
E) Obtaining Grants and Funding
Trainees can improve their grantsmanship skills, learning how to obtain funding for research through guided grant applications. Participating trainees will be able to benefit from our team of mentors, who have each successfully secured funding for their own research endeavors.
F) Knowledge Translation
An indication of a good researcher is their ability to not only communicate their findings to researchers from various disciplines, but to enhance the understanding of all stakeholders. Trainees will be asked to create materials to disseminate information and research to the public. By working with trainees and mentors from other studies, selected candidates will be able to enhance their communication skills and accurate delivery of findings.
G) Online Communications
Numerous individuals infected and affected by hepatitis C have learnt to use the Internet and other online resources as a source of information. Trainees will be given certain responsibilities, regarding the website, to use technology as a means of promoting both their research and their abilities as a researcher.