CAREER DEVELOPMENT

RESOURCES

The intention of this website segment is to provide effective resources related to career development in the health professions.

Each resource listed below is coded as being available locally or globally.

Teaching Excellence Competencies Model and Guide

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Intention of Model

The Teaching Excellence Competencies Model describes a set of competencies for teaching excellence that we hope will not only promote alignment of resources, tools, professional development and evaluation within the system, but will also be a tool that educators and faculty developers use to inform their work. We hope that the Teaching Excellence Competencies Model - and the accompanying guide which includes case scenarios to illustrate how individuals in different roles and in various contexts have applied the framework - will promote lifelong learning about teaching, and inspire those using it to further their work as teachers, learners, leaders and scholars.

Background

The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) has a mandate to develop health professions teachers across the system. There was system-wide interest in collaboratively developing an actionable model of teaching excellence for use across the system. Our goals were to 1) Develop a model that is relevant to all clinical teachers (i.e., not profession-specific) and to 2) Identify an actionable set of relational competencies that describe an excellent clinical teacher (as opposed to a minimally competent teacher).

Questions / Interest in a Related Consultation?

If you have any questions about this work, or would like to request a consultation about how to use this framework in your setting, please contact anyone from the project team (as noted in the Teaching Excellence Competencies Model and Guide accessible via the "View Document" button) or the Centre for Faculty Development


Guide to Careers in Health Professions Education

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This Guide is designed to assist health professionals who are considering a career in education determine what type of training they may need to pursue depending on their area of interest. It will be updated as new information about career and training opportunities becomes available and is therefore a "living document". This document is intended to be used in conjunction with the questions found in the two sections below.


Questions to Guide Individual Reflection on Career Planning

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The following questions are intended to be used in conjunction with the Guide to Career in Health Professions Education document available above. However, they can be utilized more generically as well:

  • What has been your involvement with teaching and education activities to date?
  • What are the types of activities that you enjoy that relate to teaching and education?
  • Are there individuals you know who are role models for you with respect to your own career? What kind of teaching and education activities are they involved with?
  • Have you had any formal teaching in these areas?
  • What are the current job descriptions for teachers and educators in your department/field of practice?

Questions to Guide a Mentor Assisting an Individual with Career Planning

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The following questions are intended to be used in conjunction with the Guide to Career in Health Professions Education document available above. However, they can be utilized more generically as well:

  • What has been this individual’s involvement with teaching and education activities to date?
  • What are the types of activities that they enjoy that relate to teaching and education?
  • Are there individuals in your department/field of practice that could be role models for this individual? What kind of teaching and education activities are they involved with?
  • Has the individual to whom you are providing mentoring had any formal teaching relating to education?
  • What are the current job descriptions for teachers and educators in your department/field of practice?
  • What are the existing ways in which individuals in your Department/Faculty are promoted?
  • What kinds of supports are available to individuals interested in pursuing formal training in teaching and education?

Article - Academic Career Planning

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Book Chapter - Academic and Career Development

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Faculty Development in the Health Professions: A Focus on Research and Practice(2014) is a comprehensive faculty development text edited by Dr. Yvonne Steinert, McGill University. The Centre’s Director, Dr. Karen Leslie, contributed a chapter on the topic of Academic and Career Development.


Faculty Development Database

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In conjunction with colleagues in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, the Centre for Faculty Development maintains a RefShare database containing references on faculty development including books, articles, websites, conference proceedings, etc. often with links to the abstract or full-text. (Some links are restricted to users affiliated with the University of Toronto.) References are organized by subject (e.g. Teaching and Learning; Mentoring and Coaching; Faculty Development Programs; Research in Faculty Development; Academic Career Management; etc.)


White Paper – Advancing Education Scholarship

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There is a growing need for faculty members to focus on education scholarship as part of their academic commitment. This position paper commissioned by the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) examines the question "What strategies are required to appropriately evaluate and support clinical faculty involved in education scholarship?" For those individual clinicians engaged in education scholarship this document provides important information to ensure that this critical work is appropriately acknowledged and rewarded.