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Family Medicine Faculty Development Program

Mark your calendars to learn, engage, and support your fellow Family Medicine faculty members.

February Session

February 23, 2022 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Practice-based Research Network Session #2
Drs. Sonny Cejic, Bridget Ryan, Amanda Terry

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25% of this program is dedicated to participant interaction

Overall program learning objectives:

By the end of the program, faculty will be able to:

  • Describe effective teaching strategies based on theory, principles, and evidence
  • Describe approaches to developing successful research projects and programs
  • Describe approaches to effective leading and management
  • Describe optimal approaches to patient care and health system optimization

Mainpro+ credits

One Hour Sessions:
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program.

This program has no commercial support.

March Session

March 30, 2022 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Resident Assessments of their Clinical Supervisors: Do they Impact Teaching and Learning?
Dr. Kathryn Myers


We are tracking your attendance at core sessions and will be awarding a certificate to faculty with high attendance at the end of the year. You are encouraged to participate via Zoom but you must register your name when joining to have your attendance recorded.

Tips, Tricks and More!

Assessing learner performance - an interpreted summary from the 2020 Ottawa Conference

"The Ottawa Conferences on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions were set up by Professor Ian Hart (Ottawa, Canada) and Professor Ronald Harden (Dundee, UK) in 1985. Held biennially they provide a forum for medical and other healthcare professions educators to network and share ideas on all aspects of the assessment of competence in both clinical and non-clinical domains, throughout the continuum of education." (

This conference is where the minds of assessment meet. Periodically, there is a consensus statement and recommendations that is published in the Medical Teacher after each conference. The 2020 publication is available here (with your Western username and password) and here's my interpreted summary of the highlights on workplace based assessment that are relevant to clinical supervisors and preceptors:

1. Use narrative feedback

  • There is a movement away from numerical scoring on observed performance to narrative scoring or feedback as this is better able to support learning
  • Giving narrative feedback also contributes to a culture of learning
  • Narrative data over time can inform pass/fail decisions in clinical training

2. Broad sampling across patients, assessors, and tools (this was a recommendation made in 2011 that still holds true for 2020)

  • Because assessors (us in this case) have our biases, blindspots and differing perspectives on performance, and because competence is context specific (i.e. specific to the clinical situation or topic), it is advisable that we assess our learners widely across different clinical situations and if possible to have other colleagues assess them to arrive at a more valid and reliable opinion about the learners' performance

3. Design workplace-based assessment as a system:

a) That integrates with learning
b) To encourage and drive desirable learning behaviours, and regular engagement longitudinally

  • These two points are really about setting up an environment where interaction with the learners become natural assessment opportunities where feedback is given regularly over time. In doing so, a positive relationship develops between teacher and student, a positive learning environment also develops and both of these can enhance student learning


CAME invites you to join their webinar sessions that are designed to bring practical, evidence- and experience-based advice to Canadian health educators. The webinars are delivered by CAME using the Adobe Connect platform, allowing full audio and visual communication and interaction between presenter and participants. The webinars offer an exciting opportunity to engage online with an expert and with colleagues in a live discussion on a key topic in medical education.

CFPC Clinical Livestream Webinars

The CFPC Clinical Live-Stream Webinars series is a source of high-quality continuing professional development events on topics that are relevant to family practice in Canada. Click here for the website of past recordings


Want to brush up on your research skills? Watch past lectures offered by the NIH on a variety of topics such as Designing and Testing Questionnaires, Population-Based Health Research, or Clinical Research from the Patient's Perspective & Study Participant Selection.

Schulich FD

You can always check out Schulich’s Continuing Professional Development page for upcoming Faculty Development courses and workshops that you are eligible to register for.