6 for 6 is a family medicine, faculty development program in which six doctors from different rural and remote regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nunavut will be accepted annually into a 12-month research skills certificate program. Participants will also be required to participate in a three month post-program follow-up for accreditation.

This learner-centered program utilizes a blended learning model involving eLearning (web-based and mobile learning with podcasts and facilitated small group problem solving sessions) and face-to-face learning. It will be built on sound educational curriculum development principals and entail synchronous and asynchronous learning models. For the face-to-face learning, participants will attend structured sessions at the main campus on six separate occasions.

The name of the program reflects that six participants will be chosen annually for three years to complete the program and that six learning sessions take place at the main academic centre.

The main academic centre is Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.

The goal is to support rural family doctors in pursuing research relevant to their practices and their communities. These skills, in turn, will enable participants to help create a research initiative in their region by supporting others in working towards their research goals.

Rural doctors often face greater challenges compared to their urban counterparts given the often extended workload, hours, and resident teaching time in underserved communities and the relative lack of a community of practice that supports scholarly research interests. In addition, rural and remote doctors tend to indicate feelings of isolation from the main academic site in regards to their practice and scholarship. The 6 for 6 program aims to address these issues.

The need for a rural and remote research capacity building strategy and development program tailored to the needs of rural and remote doctors was identified following a thorough evaluation of current programs and extensive research involving a literature search, environmental scan, key informant interviews, a focus group session, and needs assessment surveys.

This program is designed to be flexible and self-paced, highly accessible and characterized by peer and mentorship support systems.

The processes and outcomes of the program will be evaluated. Participants will complete pre- and post-program and pre-post session evaluation surveys. These surveys are designed to evaluate the usefulness of program/session content and the effectiveness of program/session design and delivery. These surveys also aim to assess participants’ attitude toward scholarly research, gather feedback specific to participants’ impressions of the program, capture changes in research knowledge and skill, and allow opportunity to address potential areas for program enhancement.

Given the right circumstances, this program could assist with recruitment/retention of doctors to rural and remote areas of the province who are interested in rural health research. In a longitudinal capacity, 6 for 6 aims to help build and sustain research regional networks within rural areas of the province. It is anticipated that by developing research networks in rural communities, the program will help keep doctors connected to the main academic centre and will help foster communities of practice related to scholarly research. 6 for 6 may help recruitment/retention by helping faculty gain autonomy over conducting their own research and by promoting the development of community- and province-wide research support systems.

The third and final year of 6 for 6 starts in April 2016.

The dates for the six research skills sessions are yet to be finalized. This information will be distributed to participants via email and listed on our website prior to the commencement of the application process.

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must

  • Be a rural or remote physician, non-GFT
  • Have CFPC/RCPS membership and one year in practice
  • Have no certification in advanced research skills
  • Be able to commit the time to participate in the program

The program participants will be selected based on their geographical location, research interest and leadership skills.

The application is available online here.

  • Submit letter of intent by November 6th, 2015
  • Committee notifies top ten candidates
  • Top candidates submit application by December 11th, 2015
  • Successful applicants notified

Program participants will be expected to come to the main campus six times over a 12-month period.

Participants are expected to attend the six face-to-face faculty development sessions taking place at the main campus over the program period. In addition to these sessions, ongoing self-paced involvement in independent eLearning modules, small group learning sessions, and podcasts are required. Each participant will have a personal mentor and the support of a research assistant to aid them with the program and their individual research project.

Upon completion of the program, each participant will be encouraged to contribute to the building of a local regional network of doctors interested in research. These individuals will be able to utilize the knowledge they acquire through the program to lead this group, act as a liaison with resources and support systems at the main academic centre, and pass along their acquired knowledge and skills to their regional research group.

If traveling by air, participants are permitted to claim the cost of one return flight with Provincial Airlines (alpha class) for each time they travel to St. John’s for their face-to-face sessions. Private Vehicle (please bold this) If traveling by private vehicle, mileage from departure (rural) location to the hotel in St. John’s can be claimed as per the University rate per kilometer.
Per face-to-face session, participants are permitted to claim the cost of one adult room for two nights stay. For the first iteration of the program, the rate provided by the Capital Hotel was deemed acceptable for reimbursement (as per program budgetary guidelines). This rate may be subject to change for future offerings of the program.
Participants will be reimbursed the cost of purchased meals during the face-to-face sessions. Reimbursement will be based on a per diem rate of $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $25 for dinner.

Participants in the program will not be required to travel outside NL.

A research assistant (RA) has been hired to specifically support 6 for 6 program participants with their research endeavors, act as their main liaison and campus connection, and coordinate the curriculum development plans and program evaluation for the 6 for 6 program.

In addition to the assistance of the RA, each 6 for 6 participant will have access to their own mentor in the program.

For now, the program has received funding for a three-year period.

Access to a computer and the Internet will be required for the eLearning component of the program.

Yes. This is a certificate program and all participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Rural Research and Scholarship. This program also meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 25 Mainpro-C credits.