The CFD provides a number of programs and supports intended to enhance skills in health professions teaching, education, education research, and academic leadership. View our summary of the CFD’s full menu of programs to determine which may best meet your needs. For more details on each program click the title(s) in the blue column.
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Education Scholars Program (ESP)

This longitudinal leadership development program for health professional educators fosters academic excellence, creativity and scholarly productivity in education. The program builds capacity by enhancing competence in education leadership, scholarship, curriculum and teaching thus facilitating opportunities for advancement.

The application process for ESP is now closed. For more information, please contact Camille Borromeo Denbigh

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Summer Education Institute

This three-day intensive program will discuss why and how to engage in transformative education in the health professions. This year's focus will be on "Teaching for Transformation". The program has been developed and will be offered in collaboration with the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE), Women’s College Hospital.

Registration is required.

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Health Professional Teaching Skills - MOOC

Formerly Acessible Resources for Teaching (ART)

The Centre for Faculty Development in partnership with University of TorontoX is launching our first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on edX.com These courses (formerly Accessible Resource for Teaching – ART) will highlight foundational, intermediate and more advanced areas of teaching and learning for health professional teachers that can be applied directly to their teaching context and practice.

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Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER)

These one hour presentations focus on faculty development topics and include concepts from a variety of education perspectives, linking education research with practice. Presentations are video and web-cast and past rounds are archived on this site. Our rounds are an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They are also an accredited group learning activities as defined by the College of Family Physicians and Surgeons.

BPER is co-sponsored and organized by our Centre and The Wilson Centre. Presentations originate from St. Michael's Hospital and are video-cast to various GTA locations.

No registration is required.


We are pleased to now offer BPER live via Periscope. Periscope is an app that allows us to broadcast live and for anyone who has the app to view the presentation as it is happening or afterwards in the archive. You can download the Periscope app for Apple or Android devices for free and it is very easy to use. There is also a chat function so that you can interact with others while watching the presentation.

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Workshops are devoted to the enhancement of teaching skills as well as mentoring, career development, scholarship in education and leadership. Anyone involved in the teaching of health professional is eligible to register. Workshops are free for faculty in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM), University of Toronto (UofT) and for staff and physicians at St. Michael's Hospital, Providence Healthcare, and St. Joseph's Health Toronto. If you are not a faculty member in the FoM, UofT or an employee of the listed hospitals, but are active in the teaching of health professionals, a fee of $50 will apply.

Our workshops meet the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and have been accredited for 3.5 MAINPRO-M1 credits per each workshop (unless otherwise noted). Workshops have also been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - 3.5 hours per workshop (unless otherwise noted).

Registration is required.

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Stepping Stones Teacher Development 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 enrol. The program fee is $650 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 $850 applies for those without a faculty appointment with the Faculty of Medicine at UofT. Registration is required.

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Fostering Narrative Competence

Fostering Narrative Competence is an 8-session course which will focus on developing the skills of close reading and reflective and creative writing through discussion of published work, sharing student writing in a guided, workshop setting, and a selection of writing and creativity exercises. The course is open to writers at all levels interested in working in a variety of genres (fiction, memoir, poetry , drama, non-fiction, etc.).

Fostering Narrative Competence is intended to nurture and aid health care practitioners who wish to devote time and attention to their reading and writing but lack the support of an engaged creative community to support their efforts.

There is a $500 fee and registration is required. Registration closes Dec 15, 2017. There is a maximum capacity for 15 participants.

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Teaching for Learning and Collaboration (TLC) Program

This program is a 6 module longitudinal teaching skills program for multi-professional clinicians in healthcare. The program is relevant to the varied teaching contexts of multi-professional faculty and allows participants to share their teaching experiences and employ common teaching theory and behaviours together. This program is offered as part of the Education Scholars Program curriculum as well as part of the Centre’s workshop series.

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Helen P. Batty Awards for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development

In 2005, the CFD established awards to recognize excellence in faculty development programming and teaching in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM), University of Toronto (UofT). Nominations are open to faculty members in the FoM, UofT.

There will be a maximum of 2 awards given each year. Please note that this does not mean 2 awards will be given in each category but rather 2 awards given from across all 3 categories. The 3 award categories are:

  • Sustained Excellence in Teaching as a Faculty Developer
  • Innovation in Program Development and Design
  • Sustained Contribution to the Field of Faculty Development
The Helen P. Batty awards nomination period is now over. For more information, please contact Camille Borromeo Denbigh

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Online Supplement (OS)

The Online Supplements (OS) are a new series of free teaching resources meant to support education and teaching efforts within the health professions. Our team is developing a number of OS covering reflexive approaches to health professions education, including:

  • Paradigms of Education
  • Teaching for Transformation
  • Paradigms of Research
  • Ethical Research Practice
  • Authorship Ethics

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