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Research Training Centre

About the Research Training Centre (RTC)

The Research Training Centre (RTC) is a strategic initiative of the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and was established in 1996 in response to a need for a more coordinated and integrated approach to research training. The RTC aims to understand the various challenges of those training at SickKids and works with existing trainees to support and improve their research training experiences.

Trainees include both graduate students and research fellows conducting research at the hospital. The RTC supports these trainees by:

  • maintaining a trainee registry
  • coordinating research training funding competitions
  • running career development seminars
  • organizing research training activities and events

RTC activities are managed by a committee of scientists and clinicians with representation from the basic sciences, medicine nursing and allied health professions. In addition, trainee representatives from each of the seven Research Institute programs attend monthly RTC meetings to provide input and bring forth trainee-related concerns.

RTC Mission

To ensure that trainees pursuing research careers receive the highest possible quality of training, encompassing all components of research performed at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. This will, in turn, enhance the quality of research at SickKids.

This mission will be accomplished by:

  • Coordinating all research training programs at a central source
  • Creating expanded opportunities for research training at SickKids
  • Advocating the importance of research training at SickKids
  • Enhancing the career development of our trainees and the quality of mentoring at SickKids
  • Strengthening the funding base for research training at SickKids