Souvenirs from the last PICH Institute in Quebec – An International Trainee’s Perspective

July 21st, 2014

Written by: Ester Solé 

As an international PICH Trainee, I would like to share my experience participating in the last PICH Institute that took place in the charming city of Quebec.  First of all, I want to introduce myself, I am a PhD student at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona (Spain) and I am psychologist.   This was my second PICH Institute and it was about Neuroscience of Chronic Pain. To be honest, I must admit that when I heard about such theme I thought that I knew a very little about it and I was afraid about being completely lost during the talks. Nothing was further from reality as most of the talks were comprehensible and accessible. This must have been the result of great effort by the speakers, and thus I would like to thank them for making our life easier.    There is a lot that I could say about the PICH Institute but I will mention what brought me up or surprised me for some reason.

One of the most interesting points is the opportunity to chat with researchers from across the world whom are working on the same area as me. Getting in touch with people from different disciplines was also exciting because I think that helps you to widen your research view of pediatric pain.   The friendly environment of the Institute is something that surprised me the first time I went to White Point in 2013 and it was the same in Quebec. Everyone is willing to help or collaborate and I think that’s the PICH soul.

I want to mention my three unforgettable events of this Institute: the Fireside Chat with Lorimer, the Research Mentoring Breakfasts, and the crazy Murder Mystery 80’s Dinner.  The Fireside Chat was an absolute master guide on how to make your research attractive to a wide audience. The Research Mentoring Breakfasts were a good way to get feedback from the mentors and the other trainees and to promote research collaborations. The murder mystery 80’s dinner is one of the PICH activities that cannot be told – it must be experienced! Importantly, it shows that the pediatric pain researchers have also time for having fun.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the members of the Mission Planning Team for their work with putting together this Institute. I really hope that PICH can get funds to continue the awesome work that it is doing with trainee development so that future young researchers can enjoy the experience of participating in this amazing initiative.

Ester Sole - Photo


Jul 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm, Rebecca Pillai Riddell said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments Esther! Think your blog nicely captures what PICH has striven to be and targets to be in our next chapter- an international learning and research collaboration on topics relevant to the multidisciplinary study of pediatric pain (with a good dose of having fun and goofy costumes too- but that part likely won’t make it directly into future mission statements :)

Jul 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm, Randi Dovland Andersen said...

Wonderful blog post, Esther! I totally agree with everything you said.