Award: Dr. Chris Watling receives CAME recognition for excellence in mentorship

The Canadian Association for Medical Education - Early Career Medical Educators have recognized Dr. Chris Watling with a 2021 Mentors Award.

This annual award was given to Watling, Acting Vice Dean, Education Scholarship and Strategy, for his commitment to excellence in leadership as a mentor and role model to trainees and junior scholars, and his generosity of time to related efforts and initiatives. 

Watling is an engaged leader within the School and has been involved with multiple national organizations. He is a Professor in the Departments of Oncology, Clinical Neurological Sciences and Family Medicine. In addition to his role as Acting Vice Dean, he was previously the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education from 2010 to 2019.

He is the Director of Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI), providing leadership on education research initiatives across Western University. His own research explores how learning unfolds in clinical settings and how professional culture shapes educational practices. He has previously been recognized for his contributions to medical education and education research with the 2020 Schulich Excellence in Education Distinguished Leader Award, and the Dean’s Award of Excellence – Team Award in 2017. He is also the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Residency Accreditation Committee and a member of the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium.

The Early Career Medical Educators are a nation-wide community of physicians under the banner of the Canadian Association for Medical Education, providing networking opportunities for students and researchers and for early career researchers with more senior mentors in their field. Watling will be presented the award at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education which will be held virtually on April 14.