NSERC CREATE Training Program

in Bone and Joint Health Technologies

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Roles and Competencies

HMRC-CREATE program utilizes the competency-based learning model.  A competency is defined here as a set of skills, abilities, and related knowledge needed to perform a specific task or an activity within a specific function or role.

Competency-based programs focus on performance-based learning that seeks to establish whether a learner has attained a given set of competencies. The emphasis is on learning outcomes that a learner will be able to transfer to the workplace upon completion of the program. It features explicitly defined learning outcomes that have been verified as being essential for successful employment in a particular field.  One of the effective approaches is to structure the curriculum by defining the requisite competencies as the instructional goals. 

The HMRC-CREATE training program prepares its trainees to be able to engage in a variety of roles within the Bone and Joint Health profession:

  1. Bone and Joint Health Researcher Role
  2. Translational Researcher Role
  3. Commercialization Partner Role
  4. Leadership and Management Role
  5. Professional Role

Under each of these five roles are specific core competencies that the professional development activities focus on.

Download the Competency Assessment Instruments (worksheets) (688 KB)

The Roles and Competencies framework was created to guide the achievement of key objectives serving the following program stakeholders:

Trainees and Faculty

  • To foster understanding about what to expect from the HRMC-CREATE program.
  • To provide a resource that will facilitate mentoring conversations.

Program Developers and Facilitators

  • To guide the curriculum development and delivery process.
  • To ensure alignment between learning meets workplace expectations (roles that learners are being prepared for).
  • To foster the alignment and understanding of the overall program structure: vision, mission, values, goals, roles, competencies, learning objectives, and instructional strategies.
  • To guide the assessment and evaluation process.

For all stakeholders, this document process will help create a common understanding and language that will foster communication between and among the trainees, mentors, program committees, and other stakeholders. This framework guides the program's design, development, implementation, and evaluation processes.