CAME Foundation Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education Winners 2018!

The CAME Foundation is happy to announce the successful winners of the CAME Foundation Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education for 2018!

The grant, announced at CCME 2015 was created after a donation was received from the Wooster Family, and the CAME Foundation was tasked with raising matching funds. The Wooster Family felt that there was a need for additional funding as opportunities for peer-reviewed grant support in medical education are limited. Emerging educators and those with new unfunded projects are particularly challenged in attracting support at these critical times.

This award is meant to support new and innovative projects in medical education that are not part of a larger, formalized and funded education research program.

The following individuals and their projects have been selected as the 2018 recipients of the CAME Foundation Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education:


Warren J. Cheung MD, MMEd, FRCPC

Dr. Cheung obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 2009 and completed his Royal College residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2014. He subsequently completed an Education Research Fellowship with the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa and received his Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2016.

Dr. Cheung is an Assistant Professor and Director of Assessment in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, and a Senior Clinician Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He currently holds a University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Junior Clinical Research Chair in Medical Education, and serves as a CanMEDS Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His research focuses on improving the quality of trainee assessments within a competency-based framework, with particular interests in studying workplace-based assessments and direct observation of performance.

Project Title: Ready to Run the Show: Development of a New Instrument for Assessing Resident Competence in the Emergency Department

The emergency department (ED) is a unique clinical microsystem where residents train and learn to care for the acutely ill. While many workplace-based assessments (WBAs) designed to assess resident performance in the ED exist, the quality of assessments is generally poor, and many tools lack validity evidence. To that end, there is still a need for a tool with strong validity evidence that can be used to assess the performance of a resident during an entire ED shift and determine their readiness for unsupervised practice.

A major threat to the validity of many existing WBAs has been the lack of alignment between how supervisors cognitively construct judgments of a trainee and the way in which they are expected to document these judgments. Recent literature suggests that construct-aligned scales, such as those based on entrustment, can improve score reliability and provide more discriminating ratings.

The purpose of our study is to develop and gather validity evidence for a novel tool that incorporates an entrustability scale to assess resident performance during an entire ED shift. Our objective is to design a tool with the following characteristics:

  1. Items are self-explanatory and understood by front-line clinical supervisors

  2. The tool demonstrates reliable ratings

  3. The tool is able to discriminate between junior, mid-level and senior residents


Tammy Shaw, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, Clinical Scholar, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Tammy obtained her medical degree from Queen's University. She subsequently completed residencies in Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto followed by a clinical fellowship in Obstetric Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is currently a practising General Internist with an interest in Obstetric Medicine and is enrolled in the Master's of Education program at the University of Dundee.

The project entitled "Learner Handover: How does it influence assessment?" seeks to determine the extent prior performance information of a trainee influences the opinions and assessment of that trainee. With the guidance of her supervisor, Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto, and co-investigators, Drs. Claire Touchie, Debra Pugh and Timothy J. Wood, she hopes to pursue this area as the topic of her Master's thesis.

Congratulations to Dr. Cheung and Dr. Shaw on this wonderful achievement!

Stay tuned to the CAME website for more information in the months to come!