CBD Coach of the Year



The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding clinical assessment/feedback of Competence by Design (CBD) residents during the previous academic year. The nomination process is facilitated by the outgoing chiefs of the RCPC-EM residents. Nominees will:

  • demonstrate high clinical and education standards;
  • provide constructive and honest feedback;
  • complete EPA (entrustable professional activity) assessments in a timely manner;
  • stimulate critical thinking and inquiry;
  • enhance learning through their enthusiasm for emergency medicine.

Current Recipient

Dr Robert Simard

The following is an excerpt from the nomination letter put forth on Dr Simard's behalf:

The PGY1s are proud to nominate Dr. Rob Simard for the CBD coach of the year. Dr. Simard has been a champion of CBD both in the classroom and in the ED throughout the entirety of our PGY1, helping each of us to succeed.

Starting residency as the first cohort to participate in CBD meant jumping into uncharted territory. As the faculty lead designing our Transition to Discipline curriculum, Rob put incredible effort into selecting important topics to cover organizing physicians to teach. Rob was around every week at our lectures where he got to know and supported us. As an example of his dedication, Rob personally reached out to us frequently to get our feedback on the structure and content of lectures to improve upon them for the following year.

Adjusting to the CBD curriculum was new for us as well as staff. As a mentor on shift Rob embraced the CBD evaluation system, watching full encounters and giving meaningful feedback. Rob was always eager to do more than one EPA per shift creating valuable opportunities for growth within the new evaluation framework. Working at both Sunnybrook and North York General Rob championed CBD amongst the staff and created an immensely positive environment for everyone to embrace the new system.

More than anything, Rob was the ultimate resident advocate. He made an effort to get to know us, was not afraid to give us constructive feedback, and pushed us in a positive way to be better both in the classroom and in the ED. His commitment to our cohort and the new CBD curriculum was unparalleled and it is with great gratitude we nominate him for the CBD coach of the year.


Nomination Process

  1. The nomination process is facilitated by the chief RCPC-EM residents.
  2. A call for nominations is to be circulated to all current RCPC-EM residents eight weeks prior to Resident Academic Day.
  3. Nominations are accepted from current RCPC-EM residents in the CBD stream.
  4. A nomination letter of 250-500 words, detailing the outstanding clinical teaching ability of the nominee, must be submitted to the chief RCPC-EM residents six weeks prior to Research Academic Day.
  5. All nomination letters are circulated to the current RCPC-EM residents four weeks prior to the award selection.
  6. Selection of the award recipient is made four weeks prior to Research Academic Day by a simple majority vote of the CBD residents.


  1. Nominees must have an academic appointment in one of the three divisions of emergency medicine at the University of Toronto.
  2. The award recipient can only receive this award once every five years.


  1. All nominees will receive a copy of their nomination letter.
  2. The Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, will be provided with a copy of all nomination letters.
  3. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque, funded by the Division of Emergency Medicine, by the chief RCPC-EM residents at the Research Academic Day.

Past Recipients

2018-2019 Dr. Robert Simard Sunnybrook Health Science Centre