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."
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