|December 2010, Issue 9|
By Dr. Dave Wheler
The Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop is in its 20th year and has become one of the most renowned continuing medical education programs for faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. This year’s workshop was held on Nov. 12, 2010 at Vaughan Estates and its theme was global health and advocacy.
Dr. Kymm Feldman kick-started the day with a review of the significant changes to the Undergraduate Education Program. The new program leaders were introduced: Dr. Kymm Feldman, Undergraduate Education Program Director; Dr. Azadeh Moaveni, Clerkship Director; Dr. Rebecca Malik, Deputy Pre-clerkship Director; and Dr. Sue Goldstein, Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE) Course Director. Significant changes to the program were shared with the audience, which include the expansion of the clerkship program to six weeks and new evaluation methods for the clerks. Learn more about both of these items in Dr. Moaveni’s article Changes to Clerkship in the 2010/ 2011 Academic Year.
Next on the agenda was the presentation of our annual teaching awards, recognizing the winners for their contributions to the education of future family physicians. The Undergraduate Education Program awards are: Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship (Hospital-Based) Award, Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship (Community-Based) Award, The New Teacher Award, Interprofessional Health Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching in a Family Medicine Elective Award, Teaching Award for Excellence in the Pre-clerkship Curriculum, and Excellence in Teaching in the FMLE. View or download a list of this year’s winners from our website.
Dr. Katherine Rouleau followed with a presentation about the innovative and exciting global health learning opportunities available at the DFCM in postgraduate and undergraduate education.
Then Dr. Jane Philpott presented a tremendously moving and inspiring talk called Teaching Advocacy in Undergraduate Medical Education. Drawing on her own personal experience, Dr. Philpott challenged the audience to become more effective teachers and role models of advocacy with their students.
During the breaks and lunch, participants viewed the best clerk project presentations. Everyone appreciated the exceptional quality of the student posters.
The remainder of the day was dedicated to small groups. Topics included Climate Change; Care of the Elderly; Palliative Care; Practicing Medicine in a Global Health Context; Evaluation Methods; Facilitation Skills; Reflective Portfolios and Interprofessional Education. The sessions were positive and productive and allowed for a great deal of interaction between the participants and the presenters.
The learning opportunities were enhanced by the social atmosphere of the event. Many attendees commented on the value of networking at the workshop and having the chance to share their innovative teaching tools or methods. Several people even told us that this was the best faculty development workshop they’ve ever attended!
The Committee anticipates an even better workshop next year and we hope to see all of you there.