Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones
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Program Overview

Stepping Stones 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?

Stepping Stones 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 Stepping Stones supports – teacher, educator, academic leader, scholar and advocate. Examples of topics include: workplace based assessment, learning theories, curriculum development, mentorship, evaluation, equity and wellness. Stepping Stones 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?

Stepping Stones 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?

Program goals are:

  1. to promote growth and development of individuals in relation to their educational roles, and
  2. 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 August 15, 2021.

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

  • Completion of 26 Workshop hours

    To complete the workshop requirement, you must attend a minimum of 26 workshop hours within two academic years. Workshops can range between 1 to 3 hours in length. A list of Stepping Stones Stepping Stones topics offered during the two year program are listed here. We continually update this list in response to participant needs and environmental shifts. There are no mandatory workshops; participants are able to choose topics that best suit their interests and needs.

    Specific workshops are advertised and available for registration on a per term basis: September - December, January - March, April - June. Participants will be notified by email once workshops for the new term are released for registration. Please click here to see current workshops offered this term.

  • 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. 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 certificate issued by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office.

5. Where is the Program Located?

All Workshops and Journal Club sessions will be held virtually through Zoom until further notice

Workshops Location

Zoom details will be provided.

Journal Club Locations

Zoom details will be provided.

6. What does the program cost?
$1100.00 Standard Fee
$900.00 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
$500.00 for Fellows/Senior trainees (limited acceptance, please contact Sameena)
Registration is required
7. What is the Enrollment Process?

We are now accepting participants for our 2021-2023 cohort. Registration is open until August 15, 2021. If you have any questions or if you require any additional information, please contact Sameena.

Program Faculty

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

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Program Committee

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Lindsay Baker
Associate Director, Curriculum Integration and Partnerships
(416) 864-6060 x77417
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Sameena Ahmed
Education Program Coordinator
(416) 864-6060 x76215
Email Sameena