Patient Partners Evaluate the Knowledge Translation Goal Group Scholarship Program


The Knowledge Translation (KT) Goal Group, under the co-leadership of Sophie Desroches and France Légaré from the University of Laval, has established a scholarship program in KT research for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for members of Diabetes Action Canada, in partnership with the pan‐Canadian consortium of scholars named KT Canada.  Earlier this year, members of our KT Goal Group reviewed 11 applications for our KT Scholarhip Program.  Two PhD students and two postdoctoral fellows, supervised by Diabetes Action Canada members, were awarded a KT scholarship. Awardees are currently enrolled in KT Canada monthly meetings where they have the opportunity to learn from and connect with prominent KT investigators from across Canada and beyond. They will also receive formal training in Patient-Oriented KT research at the KT Canada Summer Institute 2018, in Toronto. KT Goal Group Co-investigators and Patients Partners plan to evaluate the scholarship awardees’ progress. Patients Partners (Jaime Borja, Dana Greenberg, Tania Leclerc, Pauline Martini) have recently reviewed the first 6‐month reports of the awardees. Our Patient Partners made many meaningful comments/suggestions that fed back to the awardees’ for enhancing their projects. Below are some testimonials from the Patient Partners showing their appreciation for engaging in this evaluation activity.

“T1DM is the second most common chronic disease in youth….Fascinating! I didn’t know this”

 

“I loved that she joined 3 social media groups with T1D! There are many out there to join!”

 

“I truly enjoyed reading the report!”

 

“As a patient partner and an immigrant to Canada I found this research (project) fundamental “(free translation from French testimonial)

 

As reported by the Knowledge Translation Goal Group