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Creating a knowledge translation trainee collaborative: from conceptualization to lessons learned in the first year

Evelyn Cornelissen1*, Robin Urquhart2, Vivian WY Chan3, Ryan T DeForge4, Heather L Colquhoun5, Shannon Sibbald6 and Holly Witteman7

Author Affiliations

1 University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Faculty of Health and Social Development, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, B.C. V1V 1V7 Canada

2 Dalhousie University, Interdisciplinary PhD Program, 1276 South Park Street; Room 804, Victoria Building; Halifax, N.S. B3H 2Y9 Canada

3 University of British Columbia, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, Green College. Green Commons, Room 153A, 6201 Cecil Green Park Rd; Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1 Canada

4 The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Health Sciences, 1151 Richmond St; London, O.N., N6A 5B9 Canada

5 McMaster University, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, IAHS Building; 1400 Main St. W.; Hamilton, O.N., L8S 1C7 Canada

6 University of Western Ontario, Faculties of Health Sciences and Information and Media Studies, 1151 Richmond St; London, O.N., N6A 5B9 Canada

7 University of Michigan, Center for Bioethics and Social Science in Medicine, 300 North Ingalls Building 7C27, Ann Arbor, M.I. 48109-5429 USA

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Implementation Science 2011, 6:98  doi:10.1186/1748-5908-6-98

Published: 25 August 2011

Abstract

Trainees (e.g., graduate students, residents, fellows) are increasingly identifying knowledge translation as their research discipline. In Canada, a group of trainees have created a trainee-initiated and trainee-led national collaborative to provide a vehicle for trainees to examine the diversity of knowledge translation research and practice, and to link trainees from diverse geographical areas and disciplines. The aim of this paper is to describe our experience and lessons learned in creating the Knowledge Translation Trainee Collaborative. In this meeting report, we outline the process, challenges, and opportunities in planning and experiencing the collaborative's inaugural meeting as participant organizers, and present outcomes and learnings to date.