Sabbatical Professor

Dr. Debra Hugh

Dr. Debra Pugh

Assistant Professor, Department Medicine
The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

Dates of Visit: January 6 – June 30, 2015

Purpose of Visit

During her six-month sabbatical, Dr. Pugh will explore the concept of assessment for learning. She plans to study the use of performance-based examinations as progress tests, including how they can best be used to provide feedback and promote learning. Dr. Pugh will also seek to increase her collaborative links with members of the CHES community and other medical educators involved in the assessment of physicians.


Dr. Debra Pugh is a general internist and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She has a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, at Chicago, and she is a Founder of the sub-specialty of General Internal Medicine (GIM) at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Dr. Pugh’s research interests include the assessment of physicians using written and performance-based examinations, as well as the use of simulation for the assessment of procedural skills. In her role as Vice Chair of the Central Examination Committee at the Medical Council, she oversees the development of national licentiate examinations for physicians. She also helped to develop the first certification examination for the sub-specialty of GIM at the RCPSC. She is the Lead Simulation Educator for Internal Medicine (IM) at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre, and she helped to develop the IM residency program’s first procedural skills curriculum.