Teaching for Transformation: Summer Education Institute


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Summer Education Institute
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  • Tue / Jun 8 9:00 AM to
    Thu / Jun 10 5:00 PM
  • 21.75 hours
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...question assumptions
...challenge inequities
...and foster compassionate care

...transform health professions education

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Teaching for Transformation: Summer Education Institute (SEI) is an annual 3-day faculty development program, taking place every June. SEI brings together educators, clinicians, administrators, leaders, and scholars interested in the theory and practice of transformative education and critical pedagogies. Critical pedagogy is grounded in a social and education vision of justice and equity.  SEI participants strive to prepare health professions learners for the humanistic, social-relational aspects of health care practice with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Transformative education can support critically reflective practitioners in navigating practice challenges and changing systems.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE), Women’s College Hospital.

SEI was co-founded in 2016 by Lindsay Baker, Stella Ng, and Sarah Wright.


Previous SEI participants shared the following thoughts about the program:

“The reflexivity of the presenters – I know I should have expected this but it’s just so rare that people are explicitly reflexive that it’s almost always a surprise.”
(SEI 2017)
“It was a powerful program with a very effective balance of theory, examples from practices, engaging activities and building of a supportive community of individuals striving for change.”
“Is stretches you both intellectually and emotionally, inspiring action. It gives you the tools to take this work further.”
(SEI 2018)
“The program challenged my taken for granted beliefs in multiple ways on many levels. I see this as being of great benefit to anyone seeking to examine their social position in various contexts, themselves, with discomforting honesty.”
(SEI 2018)
“Clearly a great deal of time and energy went into the creation of this course – it shows in its quality and content.”
(SEI 2019)
“Lots of discomfort in a good way. I have made more peace with discomfort – this was transforming.”
(SEI 2019)
“Challenging, energizing, exciting, eye opening, unsettling, powerful, thought provoking, necessary.”
(SEI 2019)

Additional Information

The Summer Education Institute (SEI) was inspired by a growing need in health professions education and practice to prepare clinicians for a multitude of complex roles. For example, the health advocate, the collaborator, and the professional. These roles must be performed within a complex health care system that aims to support compassionate, equitable, and person-centered care orientations, while also managing limited resources, quality, safety, and accountability. Aligned with these needs, SEI brings together educators interested in the theory and practice of transformative education and critical pedagogies.

We invite health professions teachers/educators, clinicians, administrators, leaders, scholars, and others, to join us. SEI participants are interested in preparing health professions learners for the humanistic, social and relational aspects of health care practice with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Transformative education can support critically reflective practitioners in navigating practice challenges and changing systems.

SEI uses a combination of dialogic, narrative, arts-based and active learning approaches to challenge assumptions and inspire critical reflection and action. Participants will gain an understanding of teaching and learning approaches that align with transformative education, and how to integrate these approaches within our education and healthcare systems.

SEI is a three-day intensive program, usually running 8:30am - 5pm with one evening event.
Participants must be able to attend all days.

Dates for our 4th cohort of SEI are:
June 8-10, 2021

Women’s College Hospital 76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2 (Pink Cube)

Please note that there are many more hotels in downtown Toronto which you may choose to book with and that this list is only a selection.

$1000.00 CAD/person including materials and meals.

Registration is open until May 15. Spaces are limited.

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Program Developers

  • Lindsay Baker BEd, MEd

    Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

  • Stella Ng PhD, Reg. CASLPO

    Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching
    Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development
    Associate Professor, Dept of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto

  • Shanon Phelan PhD

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, John Dosse tor Health Ethics Centre

  • Beck McNeil MBA, MCATD

    Senior Consultant, Corporate Learning and Leadership Development - Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, City of Toronto


  • Cian Bianca Knights MBA

    Experience and Engagement Specialist, Quality and Performance, Unity Health Toronto – involved in patient experience and health equity

  • Arno Kumagai MD

    Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chair, Education, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, Women's College Hospital

  • Laura Jayne (LJ) Nelles RP, MFA, PhD(c)

    Registered Psychotherapist
    Educator, Geriatric Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Onye Nnorom MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC

    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Lead, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Black Health Theme Lead, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Associate Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
    Clinical Consultant, Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Fikile Nxumalo PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, University of Toronto

  • Nanky Rai MD

    Family Physician involved in health justice social movements and building anti-oppressive medical education and clinical practice

  • Tanya Titchkosky PhD

    Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto
    Program Coordinator, Social Justice Education Program, OISE, University of Toronto


Registration is now open until May 15 and costs $1000.00 CAD which includes materials and meals.

Spaces are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be able to attend all 3 days

More Questions? Contact:

Farah Friesen
Program Coordinator
416-864-6060 x77416
Email Farah