CBME Faculty Retreat

On June 19, 2015, the Department hosted the first CBME Faculty Retreat at our 123 Edward office. 

The Retreat acted as a discussion forum on competency-based medical education (CBME) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology where faculty came together to discuss the role of CBME in resident education in the future. 

This discussion forum served as an opportunity for faculty to voice their opinions and influence the process of design and implementation of CBME in a meaningful way. 

Faculty were welcomed by Dr. Filomena Meffe, Director of Faculty Development at OBGYN, and received a personal account on the gap between theory and practice from Dr. Heather Shapiro, our Fellowship Program Director. A special guest at the Retreat was Dr. Susan Glover Takahashi, Director of Education & Research at PGME, who discussed the basics of CBME with the attendees. Dr. Nicolette Caccia, CBME Pilot Lead in our Department, presented the results of the CBME Pilot Project as well as summarized the results of the Faculty Needs Assessment we performed prior to this event. The attendees then had an opportunity to break into smaller groups and discuss ideas and pose questions for their colleagues as well as Dr. Glover Takahashi (view agenda).  

Goals and Objectives of the Retreat were the following: 

Goals with respect to options, issues, and implementation related to a variety of CBME approaches for residency education:

  • To provide information about CBME  to the faculty,
  • To obtain feedback/advice from faculty members on advancing CBME, and
  • To review data from faculty/resident experiences related to the 2014-15 CBME innovations.


  • Understand the language of CBME.  
  • Explore the CBME design options, other departments’ experiences in implementation and the role of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in CBME.
  • Review the results of CBME pilot experiments in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology.
  • Identify concerns, issues and solutions related to implementing CBME in the residency program.
  • Identify preferences and priorities for implementing CBME in the residency program.
  • Provide feedback and advice to the CBME working group regarding how to implement CBME in our residency program.


Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty members (leaders, site coordinators and clinical teachers) who are interested in contributing to and shaping CBME design and implementation in our residency program.