The spark leading to a productive program of research
I was awarded a CAEP Grant in 2007 for a study titled “C.R.E.W.: Crisis Training for Emergency Workers – Developing an Interdisciplinary Crisis Resource Management Curriculum for Emergency Medicine”. This worked formed the foundation for my initial projects at the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, when I was appointed in 2009 as a clinician-teacher. My subsequent education research endeavors have included the continuation of the development, piloting and assessment of an inter-professional simulation-based team-training course for emergency medicine (the CREW project), which has generated two peer-reviewed education grants and produced two peer-reviewed publications. Results from the CREW project have been presented at several local, national and international forums and have garnered recognition in the form of several research awards.
The CAEP grant enabled helped to spark a productive program of research on human factors training for emergency medicine that to date has garnered over a $500 000 in peer-reviewed grand funding, branching out into related areas of investigation like mental practice for team preparation and stress inoculation training. The goal of this program of research is to improve the care of critically injured patients by improving safety and decreasing medical error during critical events and resuscitation.
But it all started with initial project funding from CAEP. The CAEP grant program for junior researchers is an excellent way to train researchers, explore an area of interest, help launch a program of research and ultimately provide better care for patients.
Christopher Hicks, MD MEd FRCPC
Emergency Physician, Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital
Education Research Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto