Samina Ali

Little people matter to CAEP….

Samina AliI am a pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta). I have a research program that is studying the best ways to treat children’s pain in the emergency department.

During subspecialty training, my program director and I received funding for a study about persistent neurocognitive dysfunction in children, after sustaining a concussion. Receiving this modest grant of 2500$, and subsequently presenting the results at a CAEP meeting was my first taste of the thrill of discovery and the pride of sharing it with respected colleagues. After a number of years of focusing on post-graduate medical education, as a program director, I ‘caught’ myself drifting towards research, again! Somewhere in these five years as PD, I had managed to become primary supervisor to almost every PEM resident’s research project. While this was tremendously rewarding, I found myself wishing to pursue my own research goals, again…

After securing protected time and a small amount of start-up funds for a teeny tiny research program, I joined forces with Dr. Amanda Newton, and we secured a second CAEP grant of 5000$. This allowed me to delve into the word of both physical and psychological pain in the ED. Now, flash forward 6 years, and my research team has grown. We have secured both provincial and national funding for the study of acute pain in children. I have national and international collaborations for trials, systematic review, knowledge translation, and quality improvement projects in this area. Along with Dr. Naveen Poonai, we have established a national pain in pediatric emergency medicine interest group through Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (www.perc-canada.ca). I have also established meaningful relationships with TREKK (www.trekk.ca), as a pain content expert, and CAPHC (www.caphc.org), as the co-chair of their Community of Practice for pain, to expand the knowledge translation initiatives to our community practitioners, who treat the vast majority of ill and injured children in Canada. I feel so fortunate to work with incredible people to improve the management of children’s pain.

Personally, CAEP provided me with my first peer-reviewed grants, and this gave me ‘legitimacy’ when applying for other external funding. On a national level, CAEP has supported pediatric emergency researchers, and shown the emergency medicine community that out littlest of patients matter.

Thank you, CAEP.

~Samina

 

Dr. Samina Ali, MDCM, FRCPC(PEM)
Assistant Dean (Professionalism)
Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta