ARTC begins the first week in September, when students and staff from all three universities (Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of New Brunswick, and University of Prince Edward Island) gather together for an online orientation session. In the same week, there is also a face-to-face orientation, where students from their respective university meet to discuss the program. During these sessions, students receive clarification on the ARTC program, are introduced to faculty and courses, and receive direction on research interests.

Two online workshops are also organized at the end of the fall and winter terms allowing students and faculty to collaborate with health services decision makers .

Fall Workshop
Theme (1st year students) - Critical Appraisal and Research Ethics
Theme (2nd year students) - Communication and Dissemination

Winter Workshop
Theme - Policy and Decision Making
(2nd year students do not attend.)