It Opened Doors I Never Thought Possible
It’s only been 3 years since I won the CAEP grant (Communication between Emergency Physicians and Consultants: A qualitative study to define a model for Teaching Junior Learners in the Emergency Department) (2010), but I must say that It’s been a great 3 years. I was but a lowly PGY-2 resident, embarking on her first independently driven research project. With strong mentorship from local experts, I applied and won a CAEP grant to support my research on consultations from the Emergency Department.
Fast forward 3 years later, and I am happy to report that the CAEP grant has allowed me to flourish as a early researcher. The CAEP grant has allowed me to complete my project, and it has resulted in multiple abstracts (one of which was selected as the Top Resident Abstract at CAEP 2012), and three peer reviewed publications! The support for my project from CAEP also helped me win subsequent grants (the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons grant for Studies in Medical Education 2011) and gain entry into Graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The lessons learned from writing the CAEP grant have also carried through into helping me collaborate upon and win two subsequent grants.
Moreover, the research that has resulted from the first CAEP grant have actually placed me in positions I have never thought possible as a PGY-4/5 resident. In 2012 because of my work on ED consultations, I was invited to take the lead on a consensus conference paper at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s consensus conference on Medical Education research.
Currently, I am a Clinical Scholar in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Clinically, I work as an attending physician at the Hamilton Health Sciences. For the foreseeable future, I am working on my Master’s Thesis, and using the lessons learned from my first CAEP-sponsored project to make me more successful with my second round. I am 100% certain that many of my successes in my burgeoning career have been a direct result of the support from the CAEP grant. I am indebted to CAEP for their early support and encouragement via the CAEP grant.
Teresa Chan, MD, FRCPC, MHPE (Candidate)
Update (September 2014):
Teresa Chan (EM educator) continues to work on her education research and is a co-editor and author on the CAEP Feature Education Innovations and CAEP GEMeS Series. She has been profiled as part of our Canadian EM Educator Bios.