Little people matter to CAEP….
I 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.
Dr. Samina Ali, MDCM, FRCPC(PEM)
Assistant Dean (Professionalism)
Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta