TEACHING AND EDUCATION

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

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.

An application process is required.

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Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation

The Summer Education Institute (SEI): Teaching for Transformation is an annual 3 day program, launched in June 2017. 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 (e.g. collaboration and advocacy).

Registration will be required.

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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 of Canada.

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.

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Workshops

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 employees of St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH). If you are not a faculty member in the FoM, UofT or a St. Michael’s Hospital employee, 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 hours 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 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.

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Writing for Healthcare Practitioners: Creation, Reflection and Practice

This program aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners seeking to explore creative and reflective writing, as well as those looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine.

The course will begin by introducing the elements of writing practice and the essentials of close reading, to be applied with greater focus and depth as the workshop goes on. We will read a selection of published works relating to health and the body, including short stories, memoir, and drama, and discuss what they offer to us as models. Guest speakers will offer theoretical/practical/creative perspectives on additional genres, such as poetry and non-fiction.

This program, consisting of six, 2.5 hour sessions, aims to provide a supportive framework for beginning writers and fuller mentorship for those already working on their own writing projects. This program will require in-between-session homework/readings.

There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis. Registration closes March 20, 2019.

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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 closed. For more information, please contact Camille Borromeo Denbigh

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Online Supplements (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:

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Education Research Community

The Education Research Community (ERC) is an interdisciplinary mix of aspiring education researchers made up of administrators, educators, and clinical teachers from varied roles, professions, and experience levels with research. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome!

There are 3 formats for the sessions:

  1. Invited Talks (a presentation from an invited guest)
  2. Open Session (ERC members bring their own work and get feedback from the group, e.g. abstract or presentation for conference)
  3. Journal club (a facilitated discussion about relevant articles in the health professions education literature)

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