ACHRI Research Trainees

As a research institute, ACHRI focuses not only on providing a sound research environment to its members, but also on creating innovative training initiatives to enhance the educational and research training experience at UCalgary and ACHRI.

To keep our trainees up-to-date on various relevant training activities and funding opportunities in our Institute and UCalgary, ACHRI sends out a weekly newsletter to registered ACHRI trainees and members. To be added to the ACHRI trainee mailing list, please contact our office at

Please see the ACHRI calendar for listings of current ACHRI events. Please see the CSM Training Programs calendar for listings of current workshops and training opportunities in ACHRI and other CSM institutes/programs.  


ACHRI STEP is currently accepting applications for the following competitions:

Please visit the ACHRI Trainee Funding page for more information. Please review terms of reference and application requirements before applying. Contact ACHRI STEP office with any questions at 


Call for Trainee Representatives: ACHRI STEP Executive Committee is currently seeking a Trainee Member (postdoctoral), who will represent the trainee population of ACHRI, participate in regular meetings of the committee and assist with trainee program direction and development. Interested trainees may submit their current CV and a short statement of interest to by January 31, 2020.


Upcoming ACHRI Trainee Workshops:

Building Professional Relationships: February 7, 2020 9 am – 4 pm

This full-day session, facilitated by Terry Wasylak of The Career Clinic, is designed to help participants understand and evaluate their individual strengths in the context of relationships with other people. This highly-effective workshop focuses on building successful professional relationships, handling workplace politics, and communicating effectively. Participants will also complete the Meyers-Briggs' Type Indicator questionnaire.

Register by emailing, and providing your name, name of your supervisor, and level of training (i.e., graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, PGME trainee, etc.)

Presented in partnership with HBI REALISE. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Enrollment is limited. 


Resume Writing and Interview Preparation: February 27, 2020, 9 am – 5 pm

This full-day session, facilitated by Terry Wasylak of The Career Clinic, will help participants understand key recruiter/employer expectations. This intensive workshop will focus on preparing and critiquing resumes, proper preparation for interviews, and collaborative negotiation techniques. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in an individual mock interview a few weeks following the workshop.

Register by emailing, and providing your name, name of your supervisor, and level of training (i.e., graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, PGME trainee, etc.)

Presented in partnership with HBI REALISE. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Enrollment is limited. 


  1. Newsletters

    ACHRI Newsletter

    Postdoc Office Newsletter

    CSM Graduate Science Education Newsletter

  2. Training Activities, Workshops, and Events

    Leaders in Medicine – Finding a Job as a Clinician-Scientist

    January 28, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

    This session, offered by the Leaders in Medicine program as part of their Professional Development Series, will provide an overview of the process of finding a job as a clinician-scientist, and help trainees evaluate important factors such as job availability, compensation, and determining the split between clinical and research hours. Register here.


    The Career Connection

    January 31, 2020, 6 pm - 9 pm, UCalgary Downtown Campus

    A networking dinner event for the graduate science students from the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine. An opportunity for graduate students, interested in leaving academia after their graduation, to hear the stories of University of Calgary Alumni, and invited industry professionals, on their transition to the private sector. This year's event will feature Dr. Christopher K. Bray, founder & CEO of Adaption Institute. Register here.


    Libin International Trainee Symposium: Research is Better with Sex & Gender

    February 4-5, 2020, Banff, Alberta. 

    The CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Sex and Gender Science Trainee Network at the University of Calgary, and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute are pleased to invite applications from trainees to participate in this two-day symposium. Attendees will get hands-on training from world-class experts and leave with a concrete plan for integrating sex and gender considerations into their current or proposed research projects. Registration close. For more information, visit  


    Mitacs: Networking Skills

    February 4, 2020, 9 am - 5 pm

    You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one?

    This full day course is designed to provide insight and interaction along with the know-how to build and stabilize business relationships through effective networking.


    Mitacs: Business Writing for Today’s Professional

    February 26, 2020 9 am - 5 pm

    No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.


    Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: Postdoctoral Scholar Certificate in University Teaching and Learning:

    • This certificate demonstrates that you have completed a comprehensive program in which you have cultivated a reflective, evidence-based and theoretically-informed approach to teaching and learning. More information.


    Career Services on Foothills Campus: 

    • Did you know that Career Services visits Foothills monthly to meet with graduate students? These one-on-one appointments are 45 minutes, and cover anything career-related, including career planning and exploration, resumes/CV/cover letter review, job search/networking, LinkedIn, interview preparation, AND MORE!
    • To book, visit CareerLink event calendar
    • Questions? Email


    Career Services workshops

    Various dates

    Career Services  Workshops for Winter 2020 are now open for registration! Visit CareerLink for all offerings, from how to start your career exploration in Taking the Wheel (Jan. 7), to Researching and Refining your Career Options (Jan. 13). We have a new workshop on Interview Strategies for Academic Careers, with a faculty panel (Jan. 15).


    UCalgary Health Sciences Library: Offers a series of training workshops on EndNote, literature searching, project management, systematic reviews and other topics. More information.