Congratulations to Dr. Robert Chen, this year’s recipient of the CAS Clinical Teacher Honour Award.
Dr. Robert Chen is recognized as a nationally acclaimed leader in Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), following years of hard work in cardiac anesthesiology, critical care and perioperative echocardiography. Throughout his career, he has excelled in a wide variety of clinical settings, including his time spent as a trauma team leader and neuro-trauma anesthesiologist/intensivist. In particular, his abilities as a clinical teacher have shone through greatly. Dr Chen is described by residents and fellows as a knowledgeable, experienced, and attentive teacher who is devoted to making his trainees better clinicians. His passion for teaching extends beyond his immediate clinical environment and he regularly uses social media to bring "pearls of clinical wisdom" to the many anesthesia trainees and colleagues who follow him. Throughout his career, Dr Chen has been devoted to passing his knowledge not only to trainees, but to his peers, and has presented and led workshops at local, regional and national levels, as well as contributing several monographs and book chapters. Although widely recognized across the anesthesia community in Canada, Dr Chen has also been involved in teaching point-of-care ultrasound modalities outside of his specialty, notably to Emergency Medicine and Critical Care physicians.
The Clinical Teacher Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of clinical anesthesia.