The McNally Project is a grassroots initiative intended to build research capacity in paramedicine. We’re a community, of and for, researchers and those hoping to become researchers. We strive to contribute knowledge to the literature on paramedicine and topics related to paramedicine.
Our community is intentionally diverse, with broad research interests and a range of research experience. What we find interesting, how we conduct research, and our approaches to science and evidence are also diverse.
We have educational goals, but allow that to exist organically and informally. We call it success when we give researchers of all types a place to talk about, work on, and refine research and research skills, and when more and more independent researchers exist in the system.
To foster the growth and development of research capacity within and related to paramedicine in Canada through:
- Collaboration: To be a medium within which researchers can network, share ideas, and collaborate.
- Education: To provide teaching, learning, and mentoring to paramedics wanting to learn more about research in paramedicine.
- Engagement: To engage the paramedicine community in the generation and dissemination of new knowledge that advances the profession.
- Advocacy: To advocate for the sustained growth of research capacity within paramedicine in Canada in the form of financial support, protected time, dedicated research positions, and the advancement of high quality clinical and social science research.
Recognizing that our members come to the McNally Project at different points in their academic and research career, we want to create an environment that best aligns with and supports the educational needs of members who are actively engaged in research along a trajectory toward that of an independent researcher. Our organizational structure is intended to guide and set expectations around participation in the McNally Project community. This explicit focus on research is meant to align with the overall strategic goal of the McNally Project to foster the growth and development of research capacity within and related to paramedicine in Canada. This structure is subject to continued change as negotiated by members of the McNally Project.
The roles below apply to:
- Actively practicing or having practiced as a paramedic, AND
- Have a role within paramedicine (e.g., delivering care, managing, educating) and not just studying paramedicine
Scientist – PhD holders with academic appointments
- Scientists should hold an academic appointment that obligates research and allows them to formally supervise graduate students. Scientists should have a history of securing competitive funding, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
- Scientists are responsible for mentoring/teaching senior fellows and fellows
- Scientists should attend the majority (~70%) of meetings, actively engage in and moderate meeting discussions, and present at meetings as appropriate
Senior Fellow- PhD candidates/students/holders, Professional Doctorate candidates/students/holders
- Senior Fellows are currently enrolled in a PhD program with a substantial research requirement that includes the completion of a dissertation, or hold a non-PhD doctoral degree (EdD, JD etc.) and demonstrated evidence of research contributions.
- Senior Fellows are responsible for mentoring/teaching fellows and members
- Senior Fellows should attend the majority (~70%) of meetings, actively engage in and moderate meeting discussions, and present at least once per academic term
Fellow- Masters candidates, Masters holders
- Fellows have either completed or are enrolled in a Master’s program with a substantial research (i.e., thesis) requirement or demonstrated evidence of research contributions.
- Fellows are recommended to attend a majority (~50%) of meetings, actively engage in the discussion and present at least once per academic year
- Members have no specific credentialing requirements, but have an interest in research or pursuing graduate studies
- Members are welcome to attend meetings, contribute to the discussion, and bring work
- Members are recommended to attend at least ~25% of meetings
Our aims of fostering research capacity in paramedicine, of contributing knowledge to the literature and of being diverse in our approaches and contributions are made more feasible when we are partnered and collaborative. We see value in engaging with and learning from others who have similar interests. As such, our membership also includes “collaborators”. Collaborators are those who:
- Have not or do not practice as a paramedic, AND
- Have a history of leading, participating in or supporting paramedicine related research, AND
- Whose primary role is outside of paramedicine (e.g., nurse, engineer, policy, scholar in an academic institution, physician, other allied health, public health or public safety roles), AND
- Who have an interest in or are currently studying paramedicine or conducting research in paramedicine contexts, AND
- Are looking to support or participate in the aims of the McNally Project.
“Collaborators” can then be assigned to the categories as described above (i.e., Collaborator- Scientist; Collaborator-Senior Fellow; etc.) as per the definitions above.
The organizing committee is responsible for program-level direction including agenda-setting, meeting scheduling, administrative duties, and website/social media promotion. This committee monitors and evaluates progress against strategic goals, and meets regularly. The membership of the committee is outlined below.
- Dr. Walter Tavares PhD (Chair)
- Justin Mausz PhD(c)
- Polly Ford Jones PhD(c)
- Alan Batt PhD(c)
Structure of Meetings
Meetings are generally held bi-weekly at The Wilson Centre in Toronto, Ontario with web-conferencing available for members who cannot attend in person. Generally, meetings will be open to all members; however, specific meetings or portions of specific meetings may be designated for fellows, senior fellows, or scientists as appropriate given the particular agenda. This will be evaluated on an as-needed basis and is intended to create a learning environment that best reflects the specific needs of the particular group and also to protect sensitive or confidential material, such as study data.
Join our Community
If you are interested in joining our community, please contact us.