St. Mary’s Hospital Centre (CIUSSS-ODIM) and McGill University are proud to announce the establishment of the McGill University Research Chair in Community Cancer Care, and are seeking a candidate to fill this prestigious endowed chair.
The successful applicant will hold a three-year, full-time academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (Research) within the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology (McGill University), as a member of the Contract Academic Staff. This position has the possibility of renewal. The professorial rank will be according to the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The search committee invites epidemiologists, population health scientists, and behavioral research scientists to apply for the position.
The emergence of Community Oncology represents an important step in the evolution of cancer care. By inverting the logic of current hospital-based care models, Community Oncology capitalizes on resources and expertise based in the community to better diagnose, treat and support cancer patients and survivors. This dynamic new field also provides the opportunity to strengthen partnerships across the community and university to optimize patient-centered cancer care.
The candidate will be based at St. Mary’s Research Centre (SMRC) and will capitalize on St. Mary’s unique focus on patient-centeredness, proximity and continuity of care. The Chair will also be invited to collaborate with the Director of the SMRC and the hospital’s clinical oncology Chair to enhance St. Mary’s leadership in community cancer care by ensuring that the research conducted also contributes to augmenting the hospital’s current efforts optimizing clinical care delivery (e.g. clinical trial participation, psychosocial support, benchmarking efficacy and care quality, community partnerships, etc.).
As a member of McGill’s Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, and of St. Mary’s Hospital Research Centre, the Community Cancer Chair will be expected to contribute to enriching the academic and educational missions of both the University and the Research Centre. The recipient will be responsible for developing research activities related to optimizing the complex interplay between hospital and community, with a priority focus on women’s health in the context of breast and other cancers. The Chair will join a diverse research team working in clinical trials, self-management, caregiver research, patient experience research, health services and population health research. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to classroom teaching and graduate student supervision in GBDO and other departments relevant to their expertise.
St. Mary’s Hospital is uniquely positioned to advance the understanding of Community Oncology. As a McGill University-affiliated urban community hospital serving over 250,000 patients, St. Mary’s has a long tradition of patient-centered care and has been a pioneer in community cancer care for over 20 years. Its cancer care program took innovative steps very early toward the full development of Community Oncology. An interdisciplinary cancer unit was created, focusing on the holistic treatment of patients. Outpatient oncology and palliative care were integrated in one physical area, with the complete merging of inpatient and outpatient nursing and support teams. St. Mary’s is a vibrant hospital center of 250 beds that serves more than 1000 new cancer patients every year. As of 2015, St. Mary’s is a founding member of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS ODIM). This network of health, welfare and community service institutions is responsible for the wellness of 650,000 people, providing an opportunity to broaden the impact of the McGill Chair in Community Oncology. The successful candidate will have access to this larger CIUSSS catchment area, with the goal of developing research programs influencing the network as a whole.
The Research Centre is in an active period of growth; it currently has three full-time scientists, 10 part-time and clinical scientists, 18 graduate and post-graduate trainees, 10 core administrative and research staff members, and over 40 research professionals funded through research grants. Ongoing research in oncology includes implementation of a patient-reported outcomes program in Quebec cancer centres, self-management of depression among cancer survivors, involvement of caregivers in cancer self-management, optimization of care through community partnerships for vulnerable populations and cancer care trajectory optimization through health informatics innovations.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
1) Develop an independent, innovative research program in their areas of expertise within the context of community cancer care, with a particular focus in women’s cancers.
Examples of high-value research topics include:
• Optimizing the continuum of cancer care from community-wide screening to end of life;
• Transitioning across the continuum of care;
• Strengthening networks of care and access;
• Assessing the effectiveness of community-partnered cancer care, and the role of community based physicians and other health professionals;
• Optimizing patient self-management;
• Developing innovative approaches to enhance proximity between care and patients;
• Understanding the needs of caregivers;
• Focusing on patient experience;
• Developing community-based interventions addressing cancer survivorship challenges;
2) Actively engage in graduate teaching (up to 3 credits per year) at the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology and other relevant units based on expertise;
3) Train and support a diverse group of graduate students at the MSc and PhD levels as well as postdoctoral fellows;
4) Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications, reports, public outreach, and other knowledge translation and exchange activities;
5) Be actively involved in all aspects of McGill’s academic mission, and demonstrate strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas (research, teaching, supervision of graduate students, and involvement in academic and administrative committees);
6) Be actively involved in all aspects of St-Mary’s Research Centre’s academic mission through participation in academic and administrative committees, and structured scientific programming (research seminars, journal clubs, etc.).
McGill faculty members are expected to contribute to service activities within their units, the University, and the wider scholarly community. A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is also expected.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
The ideal candidate will have:
- a record consistent with appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank, i.e., a significant record of peer-reviewed external funding (e.g. CIHR, FRQS, CCSRI, CPAC) and peer-reviewed publications;
- a Ph.D. or another earned doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Oncology, Nursing, Primary Care, or other related fields;
- a strong scientific track record that is commensurate with the expectation for the professorial rank to which the successful candidate will be appointed;
- a strong record of graduate and postgraduate mentorship experience.
The position is open to applicants with a wide array of scientific backgrounds. A health professional degree is not a pre-requisite, as the Chair’s focus will be academic development, not clinical service.
The candidate will be expected to engage in the range of academic duties expected of Associate or Full Professors at McGill University. The Chair recipient will hold their principal academic appointment in the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology (McGill University). Associate membership may be offered in other relevant McGill departments (e.g. Family Medicine, Ingram School of Nursing, School of Population and Global Health, etc.) where they may have teaching and other academic responsibilities.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology and St.Mary’s Research Centre
Contract Academic Staff ('Academic Contractual')
The following supporting documents are required: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
The following documents are required:
- Cover letter and curriculum vitae
- Statement of research names and
- Contact information of three referees
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At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.
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