Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation

Summer Education Institute

Do you work in health professions education?

When you teach social/relational roles of care, like collaboration, professionalism, or health advocacy, do you feel like something is missing?

Are you trying to create education opportunities that promote reflection, critical reflection, person-centered or equitable care?

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The Summer Education Institute (SEI): Teaching for Transformation is an annual 3 day program, taking place every June (specific dates announced once confirmed). 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. The program has been developed and will be offered in collaboration with the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE), Women’s College Hospital.


Our previous SEI cohort (2018) of participants shared the following thoughts with us about the program:

“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.”
“This program greatly exceeded my expectations largely because we were encouraged to build relationships and bring ourselves to the learning.”
“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.”
“Thank you for this life changing experience.”

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 and social-relational aspects of health care practice (e.g. collaboration and advocacy).

SEI is a three-day intensive program, usually running 8:30am - 5pm with one evening activity (fireside chat with guest speaker followed by a group dinner).

The format seeks to address the following:

Seeing health professions education (HPE) differently
  • What is the purpose of HPE?
  • What are the different paradigms of education, and how do transformative approaches add anything of use?
Teaching and assessing in a transformative way
  • What are the practices of critical pedagogy?
  • How would one assess learning within a critical pedagogy?
Changing the system
  • How might one go about disrupting the status quo?
  • What should I do next?

The program will honour participants' own experience and expertise and will use a combination of dialogic, narrative, and active learning approaches. An innovative "provocation and response" format will be used each day, successful examples of critical approaches in HPE shared, and a blend of theory and practice lessons will inspire reflection and action.

Transformative education approaches can support critically reflective practitioners in navigating practice challenges and changing systems. This program will discuss why and how to engage in transformative education in the health professions by offering teaching and assessment approaches well suited to addressing the social and relational aspects of care.

We will explore:

  1. Different paradigms for health professions education;
  2. Innovative ideas for teaching and assessing in a transformative way; and,
  3. Practical strategies for systems change in health professions education.

SEI will be held June 11-13, 2019. The program will involve 3 full days (8:30am-5pm) with one evening commitment (fireside chat and group social event). Participants must be able to attend all days.

Women’s College Hospital 76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2, 2nd floor, Pink Cube
Directions to Women's College Hospital

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$1000 CAD/person including materials and most meals.

Registration is open until May 15, 2019. Spaces are limited.

Participants who cancel their registration by April 1, 2019 will receive a full refund on the tuition fee. Those who cancel after April 1, 2019 but before May 15, 2019 can receive a 50% refund on the fee. Those who cancel after May 15, 2019 will not receive a refund on their fees. Participants are welcome to contact Farah Friesen ( should extenuating circumstances arise.

  1. Please set up or login to your CFD website profile (User Guideinstructions here).
  2. Press the registration button on this webpage.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to you (please check your junk mail), followed by a separate email with the invoice.

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
    Assistant 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

  • Sarah Wright PhD

    Research Scientist, The Wilson Centre and Michael Garron Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


Registration is currently closed

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

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

SEI has received accreditation through the Centre for Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Participants are eligible to receive Mainpro+ credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and/or Accredited Group Learning Activity (section 1) credits from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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More Questions? Contact:

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