Medical Alumni Association - CREMS

In partnership with Medical Alumni Association (MAA), we are proud to offer the MAA-CREMS Humanities, Social Sciences and History of Medicine Program

MAA-CREMS Humanities, Social Sciences and History of Medicine Program


Medical students in their first or second year, including first-year MD/PhD students are eligible to participate.

Questions about the eligibility of a proposed research project should be directed to the CREMS Programs Office. Awards will be funded by the MAA. All research is to be completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students may choose from a list of potential supervisors, or they may seek supervision from an alternative supervisor. The chosen supervisor is not restricted to the Faculty of Medicine or need to be appointed to a graduate department at the University of Toronto.


The program formally runs for a continuous 12-week period from beginning of June to the end of August.


A stipend of $5,500 will be provided by CREMS through funding provided by the MAA. The supervisor is responsible for any extraneous study or travel expenses.

Application process

  1. Supervisors must submit a Project Information Form to the CREMS office by February 24, 2023  
  2. Once project information is received, it will be posted to our website.
  3. First-year, second-year and MD/PhD students will be notified once projects are posted.
  4. Students will apply to the project of their choosing directly to the supervisor. The supervisor may interview the interested students and make a selection. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023
  5. Once a student and supervisor agree to work together, an agreement form must be completed and returned via e-mail by the deadline of May 20, 2023

Attention students: please do not complete the Student Application form until it you have received confirmation from the project supervisor that you have been chosen to work on their project.  

Evaluation of applications

All applications will be evaluated and ranked by a review panel consisting of experts relevant to the research being proposed. Preference will be given to projects with a demonstrated relevance to medicine or health care.


During the course of the program, the student must complete the following deliverables:

  1. a quality research report
  2. abstract submission to the annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD)
  3. a quality research poster at the annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD)

Project Catalogue

Csilla Kalocsai - Limits of Cure: A Metanarrative Review and Qualitative Pilot of Treatment Resistance in Schizophrenia and Depression

Suze Berkhout - Exploring Transplant Time and Survivorship in Liver Transplantation through Digital Storytelling

Suzanne Zerger - A formative evaluation approach to experiencing and doing EDI work within healthcare institutions