A complete list of all of our program offerings

The CFD provides a number of programs and supports intended to enhance skills in health professions teaching, education, education research, and academic leadership. View our summary of the CFD’s full menu of programs to determine which may best meet your needs. For more details on each program click the title(s) in the blue column.
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Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER)

These one hour presentations focus on faculty development topics and include concepts from a variety of education perspectives, linking education research with practice. Presentations are video and web-cast and past rounds are archived on this site. Our rounds are an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They are also an accredited group learning activities as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

BPER is co-sponsored and organized by our Centre and The Wilson Centre. Presentations originate from St. Michael's Hospital and are video-cast to various GTA locations.

No registration is required.

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Workshops are devoted to the enhancement of teaching skills as well as mentoring, career development, scholarship in education and leadership. Anyone involved in the teaching of health professional is eligible to register. Workshops are free for faculty in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM), University of Toronto (UofT) and for employees of St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH). If you are not a faculty member in the FoM, UofT or a St. Michael’s Hospital employee, but are active in the teaching of health professionals, a fee of $50 will apply.

Our workshops meet the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and have been accredited for 3.5 MAINPRO-M1 hours per each workshop (unless otherwise noted). Workshops have also been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - 3.5 hours per workshop (unless otherwise noted).

Registration is required.

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Stepping Stones Teacher Development Program

This accredited certificate program is for those interested in an immersion in teacher training and exploration of educator roles. Program candidates participate in eligible workshops and in a teaching and learning theory journal club. After completion of the program, the Stepping Stones Teacher Development CE Certificate will be awarded. Both faculty and non faculty members are welcome to enroll. The program fee is $650 for faculty in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Staff at St. Michael's Hospital, Providence Healthcare, or St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto. The fee is $850 for others.

Registration is required.

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Teaching for Learning and Collaboration (TLC) Program

This program is a 6 module longitudinal teaching skills program for multi-professional clinicians in healthcare. The program is relevant to the varied teaching contexts of multi-professional faculty and allows participants to share their teaching experiences and employ common teaching theory and behaviours together. This program is offered as part of the Education Scholars Program curriculum as well as part of the Centre’s workshop series.

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Teaching for Learning and Collaboration (TLC) Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The TLC Program is a 6 module teaching skills program for multi-professional clinicians in healthcare. The 6 modules are offered as part of the Education Scholars Program curriculum as well as part of the Centre’s workshop series. Due to the popularity of TLC, the Centre has developed a workshop to train past TLC participants to teach the program – a capacity building approach.

Currently, an offering of this workshop is not scheduled. Please visit this site again in the future as information will be posted on scheduled sessions.

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Fostering Narrative Competence

The art of telling - and listening to - stories is fundamental to what it means to be human. Storytelling is a craft that can be developed with practice.

Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect on narratives will give you a powerful ability to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way.

This new program, consisting of six, two hour sessions, will meet the needs of healthcare clinicians and educators coming to narrative medicine for the first time. There will be little or no homework/readings for this program.

This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative-Based Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion.

There is an associated registration fee of $500. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis. Registration closes Sep 26, 2018

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Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation

The Summer Education Institute (SEI): Teaching for Transformation is an annual 3-4 day program, launched in June 2017. SEI brings together educators interested in the theory and practice of transformative education and critical pedagogies. SEI participants are interested in preparing health professions learners for the humanistic and social-relational aspects of health care practice (e.g. collaboration and advocacy).

Registration will be required.

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Education Scholars Program (ESP)

This longitudinal leadership development program for health professional educators fosters academic excellence, creativity and scholarly productivity in education. The program builds capacity by enhancing competence in education leadership, scholarship, curriculum and teaching thus facilitating opportunities for advancement.

An application process is required.

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Education Research Community

The Education Research Community (ERC) is an interdisciplinary mix of aspiring education researchers made up of administrators, educators, and clinical teachers from varied roles, professions, and experience levels with research. The ERC does not require registration; everyone is welcome!

There are 3 formats for the sessions:

  1. Invited Talks (a presentation from an invited guest)
  2. Open Session (ERC members bring their own work and get feedback from the group, e.g. abstract or presentation for conference)
  3. Annual Colloquium (an annual event for ERC members)

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New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL)

Are you in a new leadership role?
Would you like help solving your leadership challenges?
Consider the NEAL Program!

Academic leaders are often selected for their roles based on their academic expertise with little, if any, leadership development. NEAL is specifically designed to fill that gap. The goal of the NEAL program is to foster a productive, visionary and collaborative academic leader in the Academic Health Science Network. Participants develop the mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit and help enable the success of their academic teams. Specifically, they become competent in the four practices of academic leadership: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational and system.

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Online Supplements (OS)

The Online Supplements (OS) are a new series of free teaching resources meant to support education and teaching efforts within the health professions. Our team is developing a number of OS covering reflexive approaches to health professions education, including:

  • Paradigms of Education
  • Teaching for Transformation
  • Paradigms of Research
  • Ethical Research Practice
  • Authorship Ethics

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