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Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Training Program – cCMV



Open to Patient partners across Canada


Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Training Program

Offered through the University of Calgary Continuing Education, the Certificate in Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) is a three-course, experience-based learning program that teaches 160 hours of patient and community engagement research content over twelve months.

This opportunity is a 1 year commitment and we are seeking individuals 18+ with lived experience with congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) as a parent or caregiver, or other congenital conditions. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that can infect anyone. Most people do not know they have CMV, because it rarely causes problems in healthy people. However during pregnancy, the infection can be transmitted to the baby. Congenital CMV is the most common non-genetic, and therefore preventable, cause of birth defects and hearing loss in infants.

PaCER enables patients and community members to share their lived experiences and incorporate patient-informed research evidence into health system planning, policy and practice improvement. PaCER courses are facilitated online and access to a computer and reliable internet connection are course requirements.

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Contact Research Manager, Marcia Bruce at for more information and to apply.

From Our Community

Shannon Griffin

Leader, Patient and Family Centred Care in Fraser Health

Shannon Griffin

Recently, a PVN Patient Advisor asked healthcare partners, “What are we learning from patients, families, and others thus far during this pandemic?”. This is an excellent question and one to ask ourselves daily.