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We invite you to participate in a research project titled “Assessing Perceived and Unperceived Needs of Northern Ontario Health Care Professionals for CanMEDS Competencies beyond that of Medical Expert.”   We are supported by a grant from the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA).  The principal investigator is Dr. Deborah Smith.  Co-investigators are Dr. Jacques Abourbih, Dr. Marion Maar, Dr. Clare Cook, and Dr. Diana Urajnik.


The purpose of this research is to assess the continuing education needs of healthcare providers in Northern Ontario.  Data will be analyzed from a variety of sources, including this needs assessment survey as well as data from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).


The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the skills of Clinical Faculty of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), particularly in three CanMEDS roles; communicator, collaborator and professional. The information will be used to inform and direct the offerings of the Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) Office of NOSM.


Why am I being asked to participate?

You are being asked to participate in this research because you are a faculty member of the Clinical Sciences Division from NOSM involved in direct patient contact.


What do I do to participate?

Your participation will involve two parts.  First, you will respond to 16 statements by indicating how often the statement is true of your and/or your practice.  You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.  Second, you will be presented with a series of short clinical scenarios and ask you to choose the option(s) that represent what you would do.  There is also space for you to provide your own answers.  Again, you may skip any questions you wish.

We expect that completing this survey will not take more than 15 minutes of your time.


Can I refuse to participate?

Your participation is completely voluntary.  You may refuse to participate. If you decide not to participate there will be no consequences to you and you may quit the survey at any time. 

The surveys are completely anonymous.–That said, we will not be able to tell who has completed the survey and who has not.  This means that once your answers to the survey questions are submitted, we will be unable to remove your results, since we will not be able to link any responses to a particular individual.


What are the benefits to participating in this research?

There are no direct benefits to participating in this research.  However, this research will benefit the CEPD office by informing it of the most pressing continuing education needs for healthcare providers in Northern Ontario and thus providing the most relevant programs to healthcare providers such as yourself.  From a professional perspective, your reflection on the questions and scenarios posed in this survey may be of benefit to your professional practice.


What are the risks?

We do not foresee any risks to completing this survey.  The survey does not collect any identifiable information, and we will not be able to tell who has completed the survey.  Responses will be reported in aggregate form, and any quotes will use pseudonyms (made-up names). 

If for any reason completing this survey causes you to experience any uncomfortable feelings or anxiety as regards your professional practice, we encourage you to seek assistance from your Section Chair or Division Head at NOSM.


Who will have access to the data?

The only people who will have access to your results will be the members of Dr. Smith’s research team (Dr. Smith, Dr. Willett, Dr. Abourbih, Dr. Maar, Dr. Cook, Dr. Urajnik).  All data will be kept confidential, and any publication of the data will be presented as aggregate (grouped together) or with pseudonyms (fake names). The electronic data will be securely stored on Qualtrics servers. Qualtrics is the software that enables us to do many kinds of online surveys, as this one. All data downloaded from the servers for analysis will be protected by a password, and will have no identifying information on it. 


How will the results of the research be available?

The results of this research will be compiled into a report.  All NOSM faculty will be emailed a link to the report upon its conclusion since we have no way of knowing which faculty members have participated.  The results may also be used as the basis for publication in peer-reviewed journals, or in presentations at conferences.  If you would like to receive copies of publications, please contact Dr. Smith at


How can I get my questions or concerns answered?

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Dr. Smith, or the Officer of Research Ethics at Lakehead or Laurentian University.  Dr. Smith can be reached at 1-800-461-8777 ext. 7272 or If you would like to speak to someone outside of the research team please contact Sue Wright at the Lakehead Research Ethics Board at 807-343-8283 or by email at; or the Laurentian Officer of Research Ethics at 1-800-461-4030 ext 3681 or by email at




By clicking proceed below, you are consenting to participate in this study.  If you do not wish to participate, please click quit survey.


Thank you for your time.