Volunteer Mentorship Program

Volunteering at the Canada East Spine Centre

Canada East Spine Centre is a highly productive research group. Our research focuses on spine pathology, spine treatment and post-surgical outcomes. We are part of a nation-wide database of thousands of patients, of which we contribute approximately 30% of their total participants. At any given time, we have numerous studies going on including clinical trials, prospective outcome studies, retrospective studies and case series type studies. Our volunteer program was designed to give students an opportunity to learn about how medical research is practically conducted. This means you will learn the ins-and-outs of how medical research is conducted on a day to day basis. Even though this is a volunteer position, we do have high standards for the work conducted by volunteer research assistants. This is because your work will affect the outcome of our studies, and these outcomes can affect treatment decisions made by spine surgeons and other clinicians. While you are volunteering with us, the following will be expected of you:

• To go through an interview process including a reference check prior to your hire
• To have a criminal record check performed prior to your hire
• To complete Horizon Health Network Orientation Training upon your hire (online)
• To sign a confidentiality agreement stating that you understand the importance of patient confidentiality
• To complete on site study specific training
• To complete Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Ethics (TCPS) research certifications within a month of your practical start date
• To comply with Canada East Spine Centre standards

The necessary training and hiring procedures may seem daunting, however; the benefits of our volunteer program are worth the trouble. The benefits you will experience from the Canada East Volunteer Program Include:

• Practical medical research experience for your CV
• Free certifications for your CV (that are required in almost all medical research)
• Mentorship that is offered exclusively to those part of the Canada East Spine Centre Volunteer Program
• Publishing opportunities for some candidates

The mentorship offered for Canada East Spine Centre Volunteers is designed to find you employment in your field, to aid in getting into the program of your choice, or to improve your knowledge of medical research. Mentorship services include:

• CV construction help
• Academic or Job references
• Free certification training
• Proposal/Manuscript writing help

If all this seems like something you would be interested in, you may be wondering, am I a candidate? Although Canada East Spine Centre does not have requirements to apply, the candidate who is typically hired is:

• Either an undergraduate or graduate student
• Has basic methodological and statistical knowledge
• Has interest in fields of medicine or research
• Is personable and comfortable with speaking to study participants

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer research assistant with Canada East Spine Centre, you may forward your CV to Dana El-Mughayyar at cescvolunteers1@gmail.com.