CCHCSP Hosts its First Twitter Chat on “Launching Your Research Career” for Budding Clinician-Scientists

This is a guest post written by Dr. Christine Chambers from the IWK Health Centre and Dr. Eric Benchimol from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

For over a decade, the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program ( or @CCHCSP on Twitter) has worked to develop the careers of health care professionals interested in pursuing a research-intensive job profile. However, in the era of research funding cut-backs and university budget constraints, clinician-scientists face unique challenges. CCHCSP is expanding the discussion and professional guidance to all junior clinician-scientists by hosting its first-ever Twitter chat on the pressing issues facing the field in 2016. The chat will happen online on Tuesday October 4 th from 9-10 pm EST, using the hashtag #CCHCSP

The Twitter chat will be hosted by Dr. Eric Benchimol (@ericbenchimol) from CHEO and Dr. Christine Chambers (@drcchambers) from the IWK Health Centre, and will include special guest Dr. Jim Woodgett (@jwoodgett) of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System. The Twitter chat will touch on many aspects of conducting research in an academic clinical environment. It will be interactive and open to all interested parties, whether clinical researcher, basic scientist, young or old, trainee or graduated.

During the #CCHCSP Twitter chat we will tackle the following topics/questions:

  • Q1, What advice do you have for early career researchers when it comes to applying for funding? #CCHCSP
  • Q2. How should early career researchers go about prioritizing their time with so many competing demands? #CCHCSP
  • Q3. What can early career researchers do to enhance their productivity? #CCHCSP
  • Q4. What role does mentorship play in supporting early career success? #CCHCSP
  • Q5. How important is networking for early career health researchers? #CCHCSP
  • Q6. What strategies can be applied to ensure equity and diversity in health research? #CCHCSP

The conversation will flow organically along these themes to the topics attendees wish to discuss, and will hopefully spark future collaborative efforts toward professional development of clinician-scientists. CCHCSP has already integrated these important issues into their formal curriculum, presented to approximately 100 trainees on an annual basis. Expanding the discussion on social media allows for those outside of the regular training program to provide insight and expertise.

We encourage you to attend and participate in the first ever #CCHCSP Twitter Chat. Again, the chat will be held live on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 9-10pm EST. Use and follow hashtag #CCHCSP on Twitter to participate. Please feel free to contact us on Twitter for more information.

Submitted by:

Eric Benchimol, MD PhD FRCPC


CCHCSP Curriculum Committee and CCHCSP Graduate

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and University of Ottawa


Christine Chambers, PhD RPsych


CCHCSP Curriculum Committee and Centre Leader (Dalhousie University)

Canada Research Chair and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience

IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University

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