Innovation and Value-Added

Program Innovation

The Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) Program consists of three complementary foci:

  1. Content-focused knowledge related to drug safety and effectiveness;
  2. Research methods knowledge specific to drug safety and effectiveness; and,
  3. Practical research skill-building specific to drug safety and effectiveness.

A combination of individual and group activities will be facilitated by mentors and other program collaborators to foster uptake and success in both knowledge and skill development.

The program is underpinned by three foundational elements:

  1. A set of competencies developed by the National Curriculum Working Group for Drug Safety and Effectiveness Research (NCWG DSER) to be attained by researchers aiming to optimize the safe and effective real-world use of medications;
  2. Transformational adult learning; and,
  3. Interdisciplinary learning to generate transdisciplinary knowledge. Scientists who have an understanding of how their work crosses traditional scientific boundaries are better poised to produce transdisciplinary knowledge generating innovative discoveries that can be applied to improve medication use and health.

Impacts of Program Innovation

The primary innovations that this program is designed to produce include:

  • Trainees who have addressed selected areas of competency as part of their life long journey to attain a higher level of competence as a drug safety and effectiveness researcher.
  • Trainees who are focussed in (i.e. expert in) one area of study (e.g. health services and policy research), but who are also exposed to critical components from other areas of study so that they can better foster scientific diversity and enable collaboration with those from other disciplines
  • Trainees who can work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings to address the issues of drug safety and effectiveness in the real world
  • Trainees who have improved their abilities to translate research findings into clinical and policy arenas by taking part in practical experiences
  • Novel experiences for mentors across scientific disciplines to foster innovation in research

All participants, in conjunction with their mentors, will develop an individualized learning plan that includes a training plan that links program competencies with tangible goals and associated timelines.

Value-added for trainees: "How will I benefit from taking part in this program?"

Although trainees will continue to develop expertise in their area of focus, this program will also offer an opportunity to engage in learning from other scientific disciplines, augmenting a typical graduate training experience. This experience in integrating different scientific disciplines will better prepare a trainee for participating in research and knowledge translation that addresses real-word problems.

Specific value-added characteristics include:

  • Ability to work effectively within the CIHR cross- disciplinary approach to research
  • Experience and exposure in translating research into practice through interaction with health policy-makers
  • Knowledge and skills to pursue quality cross-disciplinary research in post-market medication use as a practicing health professional, academic researcher, pharmaceutical industry representative, or government policy-maker