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Teaching is one of the core missions of the Department of Medicine.
Deadline June 7, 2013
The Master Teacher Program is a 2-year educational endeavour that is designed to meet the learning needs of each participant. Participating physicians attend the program one half-day per week. The program provides a core series of sessions and a practicum. The core series includes sessions on essential teaching topics: small and large group teaching techniques, bedside teaching, assessing learner needs, fostering understanding and retention of knowledge, evaluation, feedback, teaching in difficult situations and others. Visiting professors from Canada and the United States as well as outstanding local experts provide the training for these sessions. Participants may also elect to take additional relevant graduate courses offered at the University.
The practicum is conducted in small groups with participants having opportunities to practice teaching and receive feedback. The latter includes analysis of videotaped teaching sessions and direct observation by peers. It is expected that the group will become a strong cohort that will promote individual growth and development of each member through feedback and interaction. Therefore, individuals participating in the program must make a full commitment to attend all sessions to support this process over the two year duration of the course.
The program will lead to a "Certificate of Master Teacher" from the Department of Medicine. Interested individuals may elect to take additional courses toward a degree program at the University.
The goal of the Master Teacher Program is to provide advanced training for clinician-teachers to enhance their teaching effectiveness. The program is designed for senior postgraduate trainees, fellows and faculty members, who are working full-time and have major clinical and teaching responsibilities. The program will help physicians develop excellent teaching skills relevant to the clinical settings where they spend their professional time. Ultimately, the program will foster the careers of a cadre of superb Master Teachers who provide the highest quality of teaching for our students.
The program is a 2-year course that runs from September to Mid-May over the academic year.
Core lecture series - The core lecture series will meet every other week for a total of at least 13 sessions for 3 hours each meeting. The topics of the core series includes: a series of microanalytic teaching skills (learning climate, control of session, communication of goals, understanding and retention, evaluation, feedback, self-directed learning), mentoring, lecture techniques, small and large group teaching, teaching communication skills, etc. A reading program will be included.
Practicum - The practicum includes sessions that follow or are interspersed with the core lecture series. Students present their own work and receive feedback from the group and facilitator. This includes opportunities to observe videotaped teaching sessions or direct observation of teaching (lectures, PBL teaching, etc.).
Ongoing workshop with the core group of participants - This is a continuation of the practicum started in the first year. Again, interspersed with practicum sessions will be interactive teaching sessions on a wide variety of topics relevant to Clinical Teachers.
Master Teacher Program participants must have “protected time” to participate in half-day sessions once a week for 2 years. Since financial arrangements for individuals’ time commitments are highly variable, this should be discussed with the appropriate division director and/or physician-in-chief. The Department of Medicine will support the core series and practicum so there will be no tuition costs for active members of the Department. For enrollees outside of the University of Toronto Department of Medicine, an annual tuition will be charged. Further information can be obtained from the Program Director or Program Administrator.
The program is available to existing faculty members who have major clinical and teaching responsibilities and to clinical fellows and PGY4’s planning future careers as clinician-teachers. The following materials are required:
Applications are due by June 7, 2013 for entry into the September (Monday) program.
Requests for application forms can be sent to:
Attention: Jim Hartley
For further information, please contact:
Danny Panisko, MD MPH FRCP(C)
Last updated:4/11/2013 3:37:24 PM
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