GRADE and Guideline Methodologist Training

Please note that all applications have now been accepted for 2018 training. You are welcome to submit your application to be considered for future training initiatives.


The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) is actively recruiting for members interested to undertake training to become GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) and guideline methodologists for the development of CAG Clinical Practice Guidelines. This role is essential in maintaining the extremely high standard that the CAG guidelines have become internationally recognized for, due to the rigorous process. Benefits of this high standard serve not only the CAG and its members, but patients, healthcare providers and policy makers alike. As a GRADE methodologist, accepted applicants will gain authorship in key publications as well as gain valuable career development experience.

Each candidate must be a CAG member (in good standing for at least 3 years), as well as an actively practicing gastroenterologist. With a commitment to clinical research, applicants should have an understanding of methods of reaching consensus (such as the modified Delphi). An epidemiological background is beneficial, with expertise and experience in knowledge synthesis methodology.

Job Description:

  • Work as a GRADE methodologist for one CAG CPG per year on average (there might be overlap between two CPGs if the first one is delayed for more than a year).
  • Guide and help the CPG committee develop statements/questions in PICO format.
  • Assess the quality of evidence (as per GRADE) for each statement/question.
  • Attend the face-to-face meeting (present a short lecture on GRADE; briefly present the quality of evidence for each statement/question; ensure that the GRADE process and the CAP CPG process are followed).
  • Following the face-to-face meeting, re-assess and revise the quality of evidence assessments, based on feedback received during the meeting or due to re-worded statements.
  • Support the writing team in the preparation of the manuscript, prepare the evidence profile tables for the manuscript, and help respond to editorial and peer-review comments.


  • Willing to commit to at least a five-year term.
  • Attend a 3-day training course on GRADE methodology, the CAG CPG process and use of the CAG’s online platform.
  • Deliver an intense amount of work over a short period of time.
  • Follow the mentoring process and attend additional training courses (eg. GRADE for diagnostic accuracy statements) where required.
  • Participate in discussion forums with other CAG GRADE methodologists.


Please contact Nosheen Maqsood (CAG National Office) with any questions regarding this opportunity.