Graduate Student - Health System and Policy Innovation, Digital Health & Equity

Applications for a temporary Graduate Student in Health System Policy and Innovation are now being accepted. 

The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) is a living laboratory for health system solutions in Ontario and beyond. Whether it’s evaluating an app that allows patients with chronic kidney disease to order supplies and manage dialysis at home or using big data to improve medication safety for vulnerable communities, WIHV is responding to today’s most pressing health issues through research insights and solutions.

Position Overview

This practicum student will work with the Health System Policy and Innovation (HSPI) stream of WIHV. 

Technologies may offer solutions to some of these problems within our healthcare system, but their integration with current services requires careful study to be implemented both safely and in the best interest of patients. The HSPI stream’s interdisciplinary research is currently focused on the implementation of these innovations including virtual care technology and new models of integrated care, that coordinate multiple specialty care services to better support patients with complex conditions. The team is working to understand how these innovations influence service delivery strategies while examining how new technologies benefit everyone.  

The position will be supervised by Dr. Jay Shaw, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Research Director of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Health at the Joint Centre for Bioethics. Dr. Shaw builds on his professional experience as a physical therapist, and his research training in sociology, organization studies, and health policy, to examine ethical approaches to innovation in health care. He focuses specifically on the ways in which models of integrated, inter-sectorial, community-based care are implemented in health care settings, and the implications of established and emerging digital technologies for enabling such innovations in care. He draws on advances in theory and methodology to promote a responsible health innovation agenda that is ethically oriented toward a positive future for all.

This placement will give the student an opportunity to work with an innovative team that is leading cutting-edge work (including at the intersection of digital health). This role will be an opportunity for the student to apply their skills in this newly emerging space. There may also be opportunities to contribute to lay and academic publications. 

  • Conduct evidence and literature reviews
  • Assist with preparing materials for project deliverables and presentations 
  • Assist with necessary data flow between internal and external collaborators
  • Attend research meetings
  • Assist in writing lay and academic publications. 


  • Currently completing a graduate degree (Masters or PhD), ideally in a health-related field. Applicants from any field who can demonstrate relevance of their experience to this position will be considered.
  • Some research experience, particularly in conducting literature reviews
  • Basic quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis experience considered an asset
  • Experience with patient engagement an asset
  • Experience working with underserved and/or equity-seeking groups considered an asset
  • Demonstrated comfort in working in a new and developing program, which may require flexibility and accommodating changing priorities considered an asset
  • Demonstrated strong independent working and multitasking skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • Strong skills in MS Officer (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital

Application Closing Date: November 27, 2020 Anticipated Start Date: January 4, 2021

Duration: 16-weeks full-time. 

To qualify for this position, you must be a current graduate student living in Canada. The position is virtual, so no relocation is required. This is a paid position. 

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Their CV; and
  • A brief letter summarizing their interest in this position, career plans, and future research goals.

For further information about this position, or to submit your application, contact: Shivani Chandra,

Closing Statement

Women's College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

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