C2E2's Logan Trenaman: Friedman Scholar

Logan Trenaman is a graduate student at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, completing his PhD under the supervision of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2) director, Dr. Stirling Bryan, and associate scientist, Nick Bansback. He was recently chosen for the Constance Livingstone-Friedman and Sydney Friedman Foundation award by the Dean’s Office, UBC Faculty of Medicine.

The Constance Livingstone-Friedman and Sydney Friedman Foundation Scholarships in Health Sciences are named after the first two faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Drs. Constance and Sydney Friedman believed that a full, well-rounded education requires students to learn from different perspectives and cultures. The mission of the award is "To extend the global reach of UBC graduate students and UBC Medical Resident Trainees and enrich our scholarly community by providing opportunities for our future scholars in the health sciences to learn from global experts in their respective fields.”

Logan, how will this award benefit your studies?

I am very excited for this opportunity that the Friedman award has provided. It will allow me to undertake six months of study at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of Manchester. British Columbia recently listed ‘patient-centred care’ as its’ number one priority for the health system.  This will provide exposure to a health care environment that is at the forefront of promoting patient-centred care, and allow me to learn and bring insights that can be applied here in British Columbia.

What will be the focus of your work in the UK?

  1. Additional training in health economic methods,
  2. learning from the UK experience in promoting patient-centred care, and
  3. advancing my PhD research on valuing patients’ experience with patient-centred care.

Who will you be training with at the University of Manchester?

I will be working alongside Dr. Katherine Payne, who is a Professor of Health Economics. Dr. Payne is one of the few health economists focused on assessing the value of the patient experience of care. She has published extensively on the need to consider the patient experience in economic evaluations, and her knowledge of this area of research will be critical to the development of my PhD research.

What do you hope to achieve from your training?

My goal is to build upon this learning opportunity to help support the implementation of patient-centred care here in BC, which in turn may promote health system sustainability.

Any other comments, Logan?

I would like to acknowledge my supervisors Drs. Nick Bansback and Stirling Bryan and committee member, Dr. Dawn Stacey.

Logan Trenaman is also affiliated with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS), St. Paul’s Hospital. His PhD research considers exploring the economic implications of interventions used to promote shared decision making between the patient and their health care provider. Logan was also a recent recipient of the Dave Sackett prize for best presentation for a young investigator at the iSDM-ISEHC conference in Sydney, NSW. Earlier this year, Trenaman received a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award (CGS-D) for his PhD research on the economics of shared decision making.

Congratulations many times over, Logan!