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These workshops are devoted to the enhancement of teaching skills with a look at career development and scholarship in education and are offered throughout the academic year. Each workshop is free to those who have a faculty appointment through the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and for staff and physicians at Unity Health Toronto. Registration is required.

The workshops are accredited group learning activities as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They are also accredited group learning activities as defined by the College of Family Physicians and Surgeons.

If you do not have a faculty appointment through the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, or do not work at Unity Health Toronto, but are active in the teaching of health professionals at the University of Toronto, please feel free to register for workshops. A $50 registration fee will apply.

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January 2020
Career Development
  • Tue / Jan 28
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Teaching for Collaborative Learning and Team-Based Care

This fun, interactive, competency-informed workshop is designed for learners who are interested in exploring an introduction to collaborative learning, including how to facilitate curriculum that has already been developed.  In an increasingly complex health care system, collaborative learning and facilitation skills are required for collaborative learning and team-based care. This session is rich with rich with tips and tools, and designed around the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative competencies.

By the end of the workshop, learners will be introduced to the evidence, best practices and principles for teaching collaboratively, and have the opportunity to practice collaborative learning facilitation.

Key Word(s): Collaborative learning, Leadership, Workplace Based Teaching and Learning

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February 2020
Education Research Council
  • Tue / Feb 4
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 0.00 hours
Education Research Community Annual Colloquium

BEING, BECOMING, AND BELONGING - RESEARCH INTO A MINDFUL APPROACH TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION

Speaker: Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, PhD
Professor, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science, Faculty of Health Sciences
Field Leader, Health Professional Education, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program
Women's Studies & Feminist Research, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Western University
 
Mindfulness practices offer approaches to reflection that have been argued to contribute to a variety of positive outcomes for those in the caring professions. This session will highlight recent literature on the topic, lessons learned through the design and implementation of a mindfulness course in a university health professions’ curriculum, and outcomes from a study into students’ written reflections on learning about mindfulness. The study findings highlight how mindfulness was described as contributing to: ‘Being’ while doing; ‘Becoming’ through personal transformation; ‘Belonging’ through cultivation of compassion in a mindful community; as well as experiences related to struggle and self-criticism. This session will also consider mindfulness as a form of reflection that comes into conversation with other types such as critical reflection and reflexivity, highlighting how a focus on mindfulness may enhance capabilities to respond to broader social and systemic issues.
 
Elizabeth Anne Kinsella’s interdisciplinary scholarship uses empirical and philosophical inquiry to advance conceptions of professional knowledge, and education and practice methodologies currently used in Health and Social Care. Her research increases awareness of the impact that an understanding of Reflective Practice, and its epistemological foundations, can have on health and social care workers’ outcomes.Elizabeth Anne directs the Epistemologies of Practice Lab, and is Field leader of Health Professional Education, in the Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, at Western University. She is a researcher with the Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and with the Centre for Research on Health Equity & Social Inclusion (CRHESI), at Western.

**This event is FREE, but requires registration.**

 
 

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Instructional Development
  • Wed / Feb 19
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Simulation 101: Introduction to Simulation Education

This workshop is for the health professional or educator who is considering implementing simulation education at their hospital site and/or academic institution. This interactive workshop is facilitated by an interprofessional faculty of simulation educators.  The workshop’s overarching goal is to provide a foundational overview of implementing simulation into current practice by broadly introducing essential concepts of simulation.   Participants will leave with a general understanding of simulation and how it can be used to enhance practice.

By the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to define simulation as a learning tool, describe essential concepts required to facilitate a simulation session, and identify opportunities to apply simulation to current practice.

Key Word(s): Simulation, Curriculum Development

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Scholarship in Education
  • Wed / Feb 26
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Starting Your Education Scholarship Journey

This workshop is for health professionals who are beginning to engage in education scholarship/research, and are interested in starting/leading/collaborating on education scholarship projects. By the end of this workshop, participants will learn about the definition of education scholarship, how this definition is different in HPE than in other fields, the roles they can play on an education scholarship project, and how to make their work scholarly (including finding and using existing HPE literature).

Key Word(s): Career Development; Education Scholarship; Academic

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March 2020
Career Development
  • Wed / Mar 4
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Patient Involvement in Health Professions Education

This workshop is for educators and/or people with lived experience of illness who are interested in patient involvement in health professions education. This workshop will create space for discussion and critical reflection on the myriad ways in which patients are and can be involved in health professions education (including involvement, engagement, partnership, and co-production). We will introduce a conceptual framework for understanding patient involvement more broadly, identify goals for involving patients, and discuss various practices of patient involvement and their ethical implications.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to discuss various practices of involvement, articulate the ethical and social complexities of these practices, and identify a learning plan to support their own efforts towards patient involvement in health professions education.

Key Word(s): Collaborative Learning; Curriculum Development; Social Justice; Power

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Career Development
  • Tue / Mar 10
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Developing Skills As A Mentor

This workshop is aimed at individuals who have been, or are interested in becoming involved in the provision of mentoring to students and/or faculty in their program or organization. The session will focus on the development of participants' mentoring skills.

After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to: describe the elements of effective mentoring relationship; develop some of the skills that are required to establish and maintain mentoring relationships; and understand their role in the promotion of mentoring 'culture' in their organization

Key Word(s): Leadership; Mentorship

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TLC
  • Thu / Mar 12
    8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • 2.00 hours
Teaching for Learning & Collaboration (TLC) Program: Module 3 – Making Learning Stick

Following a comprehensive literature review on effective teaching skills, the TLC program was developed. This longitudinal teaching skills program is informed by social constructivism, andragogy and reflective practice for multi-professional clinical faculty. The program consists of seven modules where each session includes pre-readings, interactive delivery of theoretical content, the deconstruction of re-enacted video teaching simulations derived from multiple health professions, role plays, group discussion, feedback and goal cards.

**Modules 3 + 4 are offered back-to-back. You can register for just one, or both, of the sessions.

For Module 4 (Managing the Teaching Session), please register separately via the CFD workshops page http://cfd.utoronto.ca/workshops.**

Module 3: March 12, 2020 from 8:30am-10:30am
Module 4: March 12, 2020 from 10:40am-12:30pm

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TLC
  • Thu / Mar 12
    10:40 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 2.00 hours
Teaching for Learning & Collaboration (TLC) Program: Module 4 – Managing the Teaching Session

Following a comprehensive literature review on effective teaching skills, the TLC program was developed. This longitudinal teaching skills program is informed by social constructivism, andragogy and reflective practice for multi-professional clinical faculty. The program consists of seven modules where each session includes pre-readings, interactive delivery of theoretical content, the deconstruction of re-enacted video teaching simulations derived from multiple health professions, role plays, group discussion, feedback and goal cards.

**Modules 3 + 4 are offered back-to-back. You can register for just one, or both, of the sessions.

For Module 3 (Making Learning Stick), please register separately via the CFD workshops page http://cfd.utoronto.ca/workshops.**

Module 3: March 12, 2020 from 8:30am-10:30am
Module 4: March 12, 2020 from 10:40am-12:30pm

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Scholarship in Education
  • Thu / Mar 26
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Anti-Oppressive Approaches to Care: Social Justice in Healthcare

This workshop is for the health professional who wants a dynamic training experience to start deepening their knowledge of intersectional anti-oppression frameworks and leadership practices. Participants will engage in activities and dialogue on approaches to understanding oppression, power, and justice to enable them to be reflective of and guide their clinical, teaching and education practice to promote compassionate interactions and challenge how current clinical practice, the environments in which we work in, and how we may teach learners may cause harm to individuals and communities.

Key Word(s): Anti-Oppression; Health Equity; Collaborative Learning; Collaborative Leadership; Intersectionality; Social Justice; Workplace Based Teaching and Learning; Classroom Based Teaching and Learning

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Instructional Development
  • Tue / Mar 31
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Developing Tests that Assess and Enhance Learning

This workshop is for faculty who would like to elevate the quality of their mCQs and assessment practices to assess higher order learning such as application and integration of knowledge. Participants will be exposed to current theory on how assessment practices can shape and enhance learning as well work on practical exercise to apply this knowledge to their own assessment practice. A major focus will be on alignment between curriculum, instructional practice, and subsequent assessment.

Participants in this workshop will be exposed to the expectations of MCQ and assessment creation that are aligned with the MD program as well as international and national best practices as exemplified by the NBME and MCC along with authoritative assessment literature. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with resources as well as knowledge on the structure of effective MCQs; will be able to articulate the principles of assessment for learning and how assessment creation can enhance curricular activities.

Key Word(s): Assessment; Learning Science 

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April 2020
Career Development
  • Tue / Apr 7
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Effective Communication with the Learner in Difficulty

This workshop is for clinical teachers who want to learn strategies to communicate effectively with a learner who is in difficulty. 

Teachers may "fail to fail" learners who are not meeting expectations, because of fear of offending the learner; hope that someone else will deal with it or the learner will grow out of the current deficits; concern that remediation options are inadequate, or reluctance to invest the time required to follow through on failing a learner. Despite generally being able to recognise a learner in difficulty, many teachers feel ill-equipped to talk with the learner about the problem.  

Participants can expect to leave this workshop with a stepwise approach to the learner in difficulty, as well as a set of communication strategies borrowed from an evidence-based psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, which will help them have difficult conversations with underperforming learners. 

Key Word(s): Workplace Based Teaching and Learning; Wellness; Effective Communication

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Career Development
  • Thu / Apr 23
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Commotion: The Intersection of Communication and Emotion in Professional Healthcare Practice

Transformational theory suggests that emotion and affect are as important for learning as formal clinical reasoning.  For health professionals this includes actively incorporating their experiences as listeners into day to day clinical interactions.

The central goals of the workshop are to actively engage emotion and affect as a form of knowledge through storytelling to gain understanding about how trust, connection and empathy shapes communication processes.

The workshop is relevant to health care practitioners in all fields from novice to veteran, who are interested in exploring the reciprocal benefit of empathic conversation.

Following the workshop participants will be able to: describe how emotional memory transforms knowledge through close listening to another’s experience; demonstrate empathic communication and discuss its impact on the  patient clinician relationship; and appreciate relational possibilities that can occur through mutual narrative experience

Key Word(s): Communication; Relationship Building; Collaborative Learning; Wellness  

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TLC
  • Tue / Apr 28
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • 2.00 hours
TEACHING FOR LEARNING AND COLLABORATION (TLC) PROGRAM: MODULE 6 – FEEDBACK

Following a comprehensive literature review on effective teaching skills, the TLC program was developed. This longitudinal teaching skills program is informed by social constructivism, andragogy and reflective practice for multi-professional clinical faculty. The program consists of seven modules where each session includes pre-readings, interactive delivery of theoretical content, the deconstruction of re-enacted video teaching simulations derived from multiple health professions, role plays, group discussion, feedback and goal cards.

 **Modules 6 + 5 are offered back-to-back. You can register for just one, or both, of the sessions. Module 6 (Feedback) is offered first.

**For Module 5 (Checking In), please register separately via the CFD workshops page http://cfd.utoronto.ca/workshops

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TLC
  • Tue / Apr 28
    3:10 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 2.00 hours
TEACHING FOR LEARNING AND COLLABORATION (TLC) PROGRAM: MODULE 5 – CHECKING-IN

Following a comprehensive literature review on effective teaching skills, the TLC program was developed. This longitudinal teaching skills program is informed by social constructivism, andragogy and reflective practice for multi-professional clinical faculty. The program consists of seven modules where each session includes pre-readings, interactive delivery of theoretical content, the deconstruction of re-enacted video teaching simulations derived from multiple health professions, role plays, group discussion, feedback and goal cards.

 **Modules 6 + 5 are offered back-to-back. You can register for just one, or both, of the sessions. Module 6 (Feedback) is offered first.

**For Module 6 (Feedback), please register separately via the CFD workshops page http://cfd.utoronto.ca/workshops

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May 2020
Career Development
  • Mon / May 11
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Evaluative Thinking for Program Evaluation in Health Professions Education

This workshop is for individuals (or groups) working within health care, education and academic systems who are currently involved, or considering getting involved in developing and evaluating educational programs or training interventions within their organizations.

Understanding how to think critically about program evaluation practice is essential to developing meaningful evaluation questions and supporting organizational learning.

In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore how they can engage in meaningful and practical program evaluation. Through interactive lectures, practical exercises and group discussions, we will help participants understand how to select, apply, and implement tailored approaches to program evaluation that can lead to positive curricular and system change.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to describe key features of sound program evaluation practice, understand how they can use evaluation to help address an educational problem or issue in their practice, and outline a basic evaluation strategy that can be adapted to the needs and resources of their local institution.

Key Word(s): Program Evaluation; Curriculum Development; Education Scholarship; Critical Thinking

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Instructional Development
  • Wed / May 13
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Academic Leadership: Administrative Skills and Strategies Worth Cultivating

This workshop will be of interest to faculty contemplating or currently immersed in an academic leadership role that is values driven. We will explore a range of skills and strategies that academic leaders (formal and informal) can cultivate over time, reflecting a developmental continuum of leadership and administration. For example, knowing what skills and strategies to use when cultivating change (i.e., initiating, developing, and transitioning will be examined).

Practical topics such as running a meeting, conflict management, priority-setting, and the role of coaching/consulting/collaborating will be explored using a variety of interactive approaches such as small group discussion, case-based learning and videos. Participants will be immersed in thoughtful learning conversations throughout.

Key Word(s): Leadership; Academic; Change

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Instructional Development
  • Thu / May 14
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Negotiating the Hidden Curriculum: Quality Improvement in Health Professional Education

This workshop is for the health administrator, curriculum and faculty developer, teacher, educator or health professional who is interested in an overview of the concept of the Hidden Curriculum and its role in health professional education as a mechanism of learner socialization.

Participants will be engaged in reflective activities, discussions and narrative based exercises that will review examples of the positive and negative effects of the Hidden Curriculum as documented in the literature and explore the importance of alignment in curriculum design.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand and describe the Hidden Curriculum. Participants will be provided with practical tips in keeping track of Hidden Curriculum effects as part of an overarching approach to quality improvement in Health Professional Education.

Key Word(s): Faculty Development; Power; Social Justice; Curriculum Development

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June 2020
Career Development
  • Thu / Jun 4
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Navigating Faculty Wellness ‘Tensions’ – Individual and Organizational Considerations

This workshop is for faculty and staff who experience challenges to their wellbeing that result from tensions that exist relating their various roles. Some of these are a result of tensions relating to differing expectations of individuals and the organization in which they work.  Other tensions arise between the healthcare setting and ‘academia’ (university/colleges). 

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to both explore these tensions and identify ways to address them.  Helen Bevan’s concept of being a rebel will be used to discuss ways that individuals can take action to effect change.At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to identify where tensions exist for their own roles within the organizations in which they work that impact wellbeing, discuss an approaches to ‘navigating’ these tensions and plan to bring some of these approaches into their own settings and practices. 

Key Word(s): Wellbeing; Academic

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Scholarship in Education
  • Thu / Jun 18
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 3.00 hours
Developing Effective Collaborations in Education Scholarship

Healthy collaborations foster creativity and enhance individuals' capacity to execute successful educational innovation, research, and scholarship. This workshop is for individuals (or groups) working within the academic health sciences system who are considering getting involved in (or currently involved in) in education scholarship including the scholarship of teaching (program development and innovation), discovery (research), and evaluation.

Through interactive lectures, practical exercises, group discussions, and examination of relevant theoretically-informed strategies, we will examine ideas around what healthy and successful academic collaboration looks like. We will address issues surrounding authorship ethics, team composition, and scholarly project management among others.  

By the end of the workshop, participants should acquire both insight and strategies on how to cultivate strategic and productive collaborations within our academic health sciences system. You should leave this session better positioned to inspire and sustain collaborative education scholarship in your own practice. 

Key Word(s): Education Scholarship; Collaboration; Academic Partnerships

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