The Hard Road Ahead and Every Bit Helps
A research career is undoubtedly a difficult one. As a young investigator, it is a fierce uphill struggle to win grants and to perform and publish impactful studies. The latter obviously requires the former and in this economy where grants targeted for young investigators are rare, the CAEP Research Grant opportunity and the EM Advancement Fund provide the necessary seed funding for success.
I am currently an Emergency Physician, Trauma Team Leader and Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. I completed a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology and the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program during my residency, and completed a research fellowship after residency. The training was long but it got me to where I am today. It was during this time when I won two CAEP research grants. They weren’t much but they provided the necessary seed investment to build a research program evaluating the quality of CPR during cardiac arrest.1
Small grants can give the “break” needed to win larger and more substantial grants. Since my CAEP grants, I have been fortunate enough to win several grants and awards from CIHR, HSFC and AHA. I encourage all residents and colleagues who are interested in a research career to apply for the CAEP Research Grants because it’s a hard road ahead and every bit helps.
Steve Lin, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Emergency Physician, Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
1 Lin S, Turgulov A, Taher A, Buick JE, Byers A, Drennan IR, Hu S, Morrison LJ. Automated Data Abstraction of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Process Measures For Complete Episodes of Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation. Acad Emerg Med 2016; doi: 10.1111/acem.13032.