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About the PERC TUTOR-PHC Patient Engagement in Primary Health Care Training Fellowships

PERC provides support (funding & structure) for TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care) trainees, who wish to integrate patient perspectives, experience and/or expertise in their research focused on primary health care. This opportunity builds on and extends the TUTOR-PHC training program with opportunities to strengthen trainees’ patient-oriented research capacity.


  • To build capacity in patient-oriented primary health care research provincially and nationally
  • To provide opportunities for PERC Advisory Board members to share their expertise and lived experiences with the next generation of PHC researchers
  • To provide support to SPOR-aligned research initiatives
  • To provide an embedded learning experience in patient engagement by attending quarterly PERC Advisory Board meetings and contributing to PERC deliverables

For the full application package, please click on the link below:

PERC TUTOR PE Fellowship Application 2023-2024

PERC TUTOR Fellowship – Draft Budget

Current Fellows

Ashley Chisholm

PhD Student

PERC-TUTOR Patient Engagement Fellow, 2023-24

Past Fellows

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Peter Sheffield

PhD Student

PERC-TUTOR Patient Engagement Fellow, 2022-23

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Julie Vizza

PhD Candidate

PERC-TUTOR Patient Engagement Fellow, 2022-23


The Fellowship offers extensive immersion with a longstanding group of Patient Advisors, where trainees can build and apply their patient-oriented research capacities over the years to come.


Types of Partnerships

PERC supports the core work of the INSPIRE-PHC Network. PERC has strengthened patient engagement in primary care through partnerships and strategic advice to researchers affiliated with POPLAR, OPEN, MUSIC, PICHIN and PACE primary care researchers from universities across Ontario (e.g., Departments of Family Medicine at Queen’s, McMaster, Ottawa). Representatives from PERC also support the TUTOR-PHC research trainee network, mentoring the next generation of primary care researchers on how to meaningfully engage patients in their research.