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The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Summer Student Research Programs were started in 2015 by Dr. John Kingdom as a way to empower the research capacity and productivity of faculty members, while simultaneously promoting training excellence and research exposure for students across the full breadth of the Ob-Gyn specialty.

The Ob-Gyn Summer Student Research Program consists of two awards:

  • CREMS (Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students), which is open to supervisors and students in all departments of the Faculty of Medicine, and is administered centrally by the CREMS office; and
  • The Chair’s Summer Student Award, which is open to supervisors holding a primary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  CREMS PROGRAM CHAIr's program
Which faculty members are eligible to apply for these awards?

Any faculty member appointed in the Faculty of Medicine may apply for CREMS funding. Only faculty members holding a primary appointment in Ob-Gyn, who have simultaneously applied for the Chair’s Award, will receive matching funding from the Department as outlined below.

Any faculty member holding a primary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology may apply for the Chair’s Award. As per our Department policy, we are only able to accept ONE (1) application per faculty member.
Which students are eligible to receive these award funds? Any medical student enrolled at the University of Toronto may receive funding from CREMS. Further details and requirements are available on the CREMS website. Any medical student enrolled at the University of Toronto may receive funding from a Chair’s Award.
How much is the award? Student researchers receive a total award stipend of $5,500. Student researchers receive a total award stipend of $5,500.
Where do the award funds come from?

One half of this award ($2,750) is paid to the student by the CREMS office at the Faculty of Medicine. The funds are transferred into the student’s ACORN account.

For principal investigators holding primary faculty appointments in ObGyn who also submitted an application for the Chair’s Award, the second half of the award ($2,750) is paid to the student by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The funds are transferred into the student’s ACORN account.

Ob-Gyn faculty members who do not also submit a Chair’s Award application must pay the second half of the award directly to the student.

The $5,500 stipend for the Chair’s Award must be paid directly to the student by the hospital site where the work is taking place.

A portion of this award ($3,500) comes from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The hospital site must invoice the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to recover these funds. Contact Salvo Candela (salvo.candela@utoronto.ca) for more information on this process.

The rest of this award ($2,000) must be provided by the principal investigator's grant, hospital department, or clinic.

How and when do PIs propose a project for these awards? Project proposals are submitted to the CREMS office by February 6, 2020. Applicants will need to complete the CREMS application form and send the form to crems.programs@utoronto.ca. Click here to download the application form for CREMSFurther details and requirements are available on the CREMS website. Project proposals for the Chair’s Award are submitted online using this form. The deadline is February 6, 2020.
How are proposals reviewed? When are they approved? An adjudication committee is struck by the CREMS office, and projects are reviewed and ranked. CREMS notifies successful applicants directly, usually by the end of March. Further details and requirements are available on the CREMS website. Members of the ObGyn Research Committee will form an adjudication committee to review and adjudicate the applications. A list of funded projects is announced immediately after CREMS awards are announced. Letters from the Department are sent to each successful PI.
How are students recruited to work on research projects? Your project will be posted to the CREMS website and students will be invited to apply directly to you. You are asked to briefly meet and interview the applicants and select one that you would prefer to work with. In the interest of fairness, the CREMS office requires that you not pre-select a student to work with. The students have expressed major concerns about this matter and so we ask that you interview any and all students who apply to your project. We will ask that you list the students that were interviewed so that we may show anyone with doubts that this is in fact, a fair process. Please refer to the CREMS website for more information. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to find a qualified student to work with them on their research project.
What other steps are required?

Please refer to the CREMS website for more information.

After the student completes their research work, they are then required to submit a photo of themselves with their supervisor and a written description of their summer to the Department for publishing in the Annual Report.

Once a supervisor chooses a student, they must submit a Mentor Agreement Form to obgyn.research@utoronto.ca by Monday, May 11, 2020.

The student’s research work typically begins in late May and must be completed by the end of August.

After the student completes their research work, they are then required to submit a photo of themselves with their supervisor and a written description of their summer to the Department for publishing in the Annual Report.