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Dr Jason Berman, CSCI President 2019/2020

Presidential Message

Dear CSCI Members,

These are certainly unprecedented times. I hope that you all remain safe and in good health. I recognize that in this unique COVID environment, many of you have been redeployed to the front lines to assist with direct patient care, while at the same time worrying about preserving your research program and research staff given limitations to non-essential research and funding streams.

I know that many of you have also redirected your research efforts to focus on COVID-specific research questions. The work that you are doing is critical in the fight against COVID. CSCI members are engaged in the entire continuum of research around COVID from investigating novel vaccine and adjuvant development to improving screening strategies to determining the mental health impact of social isolation and everything in between. Clinician scientists have always played a key role in moving research into practice and at no time has this been more important than now. COVID has required us to be creative, flexible and nimble in a way we never have before. However, this is what we are good at doing as researchers and particularly as clinician scientists – recognizing an opportunity and applying evidence, knowledge and innovative strategies to solve problems and improve the health and quality of life of our patients. In fact, this ability to pivot to address novel circumstances is going to be one of the workshop topics at our CSCI/CITAC AGM scheduled for November 12-13. We have had to change the dates for this meeting to accommodate some schedule changes and venue availability. We are tentatively booked for a face-to-face meeting at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus but recognize that we may need to hold this meeting virtually and are planning accordingly. We will make a definitive decision in the coming months. Please mark your calendars. I hope you will be able to join us in person or virtually. We will have the ability to join virtually, even if we are able to have an in person meeting.

Please nominate a deserving colleague for a CSCI Award. Eligibility criteria and the nomination process are available through a link on our website.

Thank you for all you do. I have been told by several colleagues to “never let a good crisis go to waste!” This pandemic is highlighting to the general public the importance of research to improve outcomes and help restore life back to normal. Moreover, we have the privilege of role modeling the crucial parts that clinician scientists can play in changing the current landscape to our trainees. This positive messaging is timely, as many medical students and residents are worried about their futures, given delays in writing LMCC and Royal College exams and opportunities for sustainable funding.

Stay safe and please reach out to me if there is anything CSCI can do to help.

Jason

Jason Berman, MD –  CSCI President 2018/2020