Get trained to become a patient researcher

Are you a patient, caregiver or a family member? Do you want health care providers to understand the experiences and expectations of patients and families? Become a PaCER by joining our Internship program – training for patients who want to be engaged in health research. After successfully completing the program, PaCER researchers:

  • Volunteer as advisors on AHS SCNs & other health & community bodies

  • Work under contract to co-design & conduct research leading to healthcare innovations & quality improvement strategies

  • Work with other researchers & teams

  • Use PaCER skills in an existing career

  • Mentor new Interns entering the program


"When you engage patients and give them a voice - the inside knowledge, the truth and all of the things they have experienced truly get heard."

Susanna Koczkur,
PaCER Lead Researcher
Innovation through Engagement


Why do patients take the PaCER internship?

  • I want to do something with all that I learned about healing after the accident

  • I have always been curious about why some patients seem to do well and others don’t

  • I have time to take on new research training & would like to make a difference

  • I want to help my community be healthier

The PaCER program consists of online interactive modules, face-to-face intensive sessions, group labs, and completing a group research project. One focus of the program is a ‘train the trainer approach,’ preparing graduates to become PaCER research leads or Internship mentors.


What have patients done with their PaCER training?

  • I work part-time on a PaCER research team doing phone interviews, transcribing them and working with the team to find the theory

  • I am the ‘gun for hire’ of the PaCER leads working with challenging research

  • I use my training as an advisor on the AHS SCNs and volunteer with PaCER

  • I was hired to work in healthcare as a patient coordinator

For more information please fill out our application form & send to