Stepping Stones Program



The Stepping Stones Program is currently undergoing a renewal. Please contact the program coordinator Sameena Ahmed to register and for details about the renewed program.

This accredited program is designed to assist teachers with their educational and teaching roles. After completion of the program, the Stepping Stones Teacher Development Certificate will be awarded. Both faculty and non-faculty members are welcome to enroll. The program fee is $715.00 for faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and for employees of St. Michael's Hospital, Providence Healthcare, and St. Joseph's Health Toronto. The regular fee of $935.00 applies for those without a faculty appointment with the Faculty of Medicine at UofT.

Registration is required.

Program Objectives

After participating in the Stepping Stones Certificate Program, participants should be able to:

  • describe several evidence-based strategies for teaching in a variety of clinical contexts
  • describe some of the theoretical basis for clinical teaching strategies
  • demonstrate newly acquired teaching skills
  • demonstrate enhanced critical appraisal skills of the health professional education literature
  • acquire a positive attitude towards implementing and initiating change in clinical teaching
  • identify the ways in which scholarship can be introduced into teaching and education activities
  • describe a strategy for implementation of their own career development plan

Program Criteria

Participate in at least 26 hours of workshops and CFD rounds presentations (BPER). Each workshop is a half-day (3-4 hours) and each rounds presentation is 1 hour. Participants may accumulate a maximum of 6 hours worth of rounds credits with the remaining credits being obtained through workshop participation OR participants may complete all 26 hours through workshop participation alone. Participants have 2 years to complete this requirement.

Accumulate an additional 16 hours of training, by participating in a journal club. These take place once a month (2 hours) during the academic year. Candidates will be expected to review specific articles related to various aspects of teaching and learning theory from a wide array of health professional education literature pertinent to all levels of the teaching experience. Participants must complete the 16 hours within one academic year.

Journal Club Information

Journal Club participants review a wide array of health professional education literature pertinent to all levels of the teaching experience - undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. They are expected to review specific journal articles for each meeting and come prepared to discuss the articles, as well as complete 2 graded assignments over the course of the year.

2018-2019 assignments will include an Annotated Bibliography, due January 2019, and an Application to Practice Paper, due in June 2019 (short paper about your experience in the program). Participants will be provided with a sample annotated bibliography and more detailed criteria for these assignments by these assignments by their assigned Journal Club leader.

2018-2019 journal club sessions will take place once a month from Oct 2018 - June 2019.

2018-2019 Journal Club Leaders and Locations

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (UofT) - David Dubins and Cate Palmer
Princess Margaret, University Health Network (UHN) - Liz Hanna and Kieng Tan
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - Isabella Cheng and Karen Moline

More Information

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More Questions?

Please contact:

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