The field placement experience fosters the relationship between learning, research and decision-making, provides a linkage between students and decision-makers and stakeholders, and integrates coursework with supervised fieldwork undertaken in local and provision health-care settings.
The Manitoba Training Program organizes field placements that provide students with the opportunity to apply their research knowledge and skills in a supervised setting and connects the students with health-care decision-makers. MTP is always interested in developing relationships with health-care and social services agencies and decision-makers which have
- A commitment to the provision of high-quality learning environment for the student.
- A willingness to support the educational policies, requirements, and standards set forth for the field placement.
- Administrative staff support and resources that will be available to student throughout the placement experience.
- Health services agencies stay current with new research methods and learn research skills, as MTP students have very strong research backgrounds and are at the forefront of the latest research trends and information.
- MTP students are able to help with projects that may have limited resources and deadlines or which require specific research skills or training.
- The placement experience provides training for future policy analysts, as MTP students are able to put their research into action and have been involved with:
- Formal presentations
- Summary reports on Bills
- Literature reviews and environmental scans
- Policy papers
- Perform Services Surveys
- Organize and facilitate workshops
Testimonial from Placement Supervisor:
“Nicole provided a clear, concise summary of her research and recommendations that is meaningful and easily consumable by future resources. She was thoughtful in her approach to the work, was able to work independently, seeking out input and feedback from various stakeholders as appropriate. Nicole has incredible depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject area, but was able to communicate the core concepts, approaches, and findings in a way that was easily understood by stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds. … WRTC has been known to present highly skilled individuals for opportunities, but a comment was made by one of the directors that Nicole was certainly a cut above the rest.”
Executive Director, Primary Health Care, MHSAL
- Students are encouraged to be proactive in finding and developing the placement opportunity;
- Placements are primarily scheduled in the summer, but staff and decision-makers may not be readily available during this time, so extending the field placement into the fall may provide more opportunities to interact with decision-makers;
- Any potential publication of findings from field placement research should be discussed with the MTP Director, as ethics approval may be required in advance and the placement agency must also be consulted and a review or embargo may be required prior to publication.