Stepping Stones Program


Program Overview

The Stepping Stones Program (SSP) is our foundational program at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). It provides support to health professionals in their multiple roles as teachers, educators, academic leaders, scholars, and advocates. This introductory level program is aligned with other CFD programming which provides more advanced content in the same areas.


1. What is the Stepping Stones Program?

The Stepping Stones Program (SSP) is a two year program consisting of both workshops and a journal club. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics related to the roles SSP supports – teacher, educator, academic leader, scholar and advocate. Examples of topics include: workplace based assessment, learning theories, curriculum development, mentorship, evaluation, equity and wellness. SSP follows a flexible, adaptive curriculum and participants choose to attend workshops that meet their needs and interests.

Journal club takes place once a month during Year 1 of the program. Journal club facilitates the integration of workshop content, the broader health professions education literature, and participants’ own education practice.

A new cohort of participants begins every September. Participants are awarded a certificate upon completion of the 2-year program.

2. Who is the Program for?

The Stepping Stones Program is open to all medical and health professions faculty. By faculty we are referring to anyone involved in health professions teaching and learning and/or leadership in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) / University of Toronto system. Participants do not need a formal faculty appointment to enroll.

3. What are the Program Goals?

Our program goals are: to promote growth and development of individuals in relation to their educational roles; and to provide opportunities for educational networking and collaboration across caring and learning environments.

4. What are the Program Requirements?

We are now accepting participants for our 2019-2021 cohort. Registration is open until October 1, 2019.

A new cohort of Stepping Stones Program participants begins every September. After you begin the program, you must complete the following requirements within two academic years (see details below).

  • Completion of 9 Workshops

    To complete the workshop requirement, you must attend 9 workshops within two academic years. All SSP workshops are 3 hours in length. There are no mandatory workshops; participants are able to choose topics that best suit their interests and needs. SSP follows a flexible adaptable curriculum. We continually update workshop topics in response to participant needs and environmental shifts.

    Specific topics and dates are released on a per term basis September-December, January-March, April-June. Please check our current workshop offerings regularly.

    The full breadth of our Stepping Stones workshop topics are listed here. Topics listed will be offered between September 2019 – June 2021. Stepping Stones learners will be notified by email once topics for the new term are released for registration.

  • Completion of 8 Journal Club sessions

    You must complete the journal club requirement in the first year of the program. Journal Club runs from October to June and meets once a month in the evening, historically from 530pm-730pm. Site selection is announced the summer before journal club is set to begin (usually in July). There are 9 sessions scheduled per academic year. You must attend 8 sessions in order to complete the Journal Club requirement.

Upon completion of the program requirements, you receive a Stepping Stones Program certificate issued by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office.

5. Where is the Program Located?

Workshops Location

Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, 209 Victoria Street

2019-2020 Journal Club Locations

  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (UofT)
  • Princess Margaret, University Health Network (UHN)
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
6. What does the program cost?
$385.00 for Fellows/Senior trainees (limited acceptance, please contact Sameena)
$715.00 for those with a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto or employees of Unity Health Toronto /St. Michael’s Hospital, Providence Healthcare, and St. Joseph's Health Toronto
$935.00 for those without a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, UofT and who are not employees of St. Michael’s Hospital, Providence Healthcare, and St. Joseph's Health Toronto
Registration is required
7. What is the Enrollment Process?

We are now accepting participants for our 2019-2020 cohort. Registration is open until October 1, 2019. If you have any questions or if you require any additional information, please contact Sameena.

Program Faculty

Our SSP Faculty are a diverse group of local experts in the health professions education field.

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Lindsay Baker
Program Co-Director
(416) 864-6060 x77417
Email Lindsay

Karen Leslie
Program Co-Director
(416) 864-6060 x77412

Sameena Ahmed
Education Program Coordinator
(416) 864-6060 x76215
Email Sameena