McMaster University

McMaster University

Program for Faculty Development (PFD)

Welcome Message from
Dr. Anne Wong, Assistant Dean

Anne Wong

The Program for Faculty Development (PFD), in its 31st year, is dedicated to promoting teaching and learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University while offering faculty, staff, residents and external visitors various interdisciplinary programs and workshops aimed at improving teaching effectiveness.

The PFD endeavours to be a welcoming place for individuals who value teaching and learning, and all are encouraged to drop in any time to learn about our offerings. Watch for upcoming initiatives as we continue to grow.

On behalf of our PFD team, I invite you to take a few moments to explore our website and have an enjoyable visit.

[View Event Calendar]

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Spring 2019

SAVE the DATE ! -

12th Annual DAY in
WONG Forum in Medicine
- Wed., May 8 2019


Event Date Description


NOTE: will be held 2nd Wednesday in May

Location: David Braley Health Sciences Ctre, 100 Main St. W., Ham., ON (2nd floor)

Details will be available in the new year

Wed., May 8, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (approx.)

A day of networking with colleagues, poster session on education innovations, oral presentations, mini-workshops, and guest lecture — Henry and Sylvia WONG Forum in Medicine.

WONG Forum in Medicine

NOTE: will be held 2nd Wednesday in May as part of the Annual DAY in FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

Location: David Braley Health Sciences Ctre, 100 Main St. W., Ham., ON (2nd floor) -
Rm. 2032


Wed., May 9, 2018

4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reception to follow
@ 5:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker:
To be announced


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UPCOMING EVENTS — 2018 - 2019PDF  

click on above title for a listing of all PFD events that are available

Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty

Wed., Oct. 17, 2018     12:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (FULL - sign up for April 2019 session)

will be offered again -
Wed., Apr. 10, 2019     12:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
[Flyer & Registration form for Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty]PDF                

Register Online

Developing Resilience through Applied Mindfulness (DRAM)

Oct. 13, 2018 - March 23, 2019
[Flyer & Registration form for DRAM2018-19 (DRAM 1-4)PDF

DRAM 1 - Foundations of Mindfulness: Historical Origins and Contemporary Practice
Oct. 13-14, 2018 (CANCELLED)  Pre-requisite: None

DRAM 2 - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness (CANCELLED) 
Nov. 16-17, 2018   Pre-requisite: None

DRAM 3 - Being the Change: Growing Civility and Resilience through Secular Ethics and Mindfulness
Jan. 26-27, 2019    Pre-requisite: Prior mindfulness experience

DRAM 4 - Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Life
Mar 22-23, 2019     Pre-requisite: Prior mindfulness course and a desire to deepen personal mindfulness
                           practice, and apply mindfulness skills in the workplace

TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding this course.

Testimonial - video
Past participants sharing their thoughts about DRAM -

Clinical Teaching Fundamentals - ONLINE 6-week course
Nov. 3 - Dec. 15, 2018 - FULL (Register for next offering: Feb. 2-March 16, 2019)

Module Topics:

Mod 1: Characteristics of Effective Clinical Educators
Mod 2: Building an Effective Clinical Education Climate
Mod 3: Effective Teaching Strategies
Mod 4: Individualizing Your Teaching for the Learner
Mod 5: Strategies to Assist the Struggling Student
Mod 6: Effective Formative Assessment

[Flyer and registration details for Clinical Teaching Fundamentals (ONLINE)]PDF

Register Online

The course is delivered ONLINE in 6 modules. Participants must have a valid MacID and password.
[Visit here to check if you have a valid MacID], or contact 905-525-9140, x. 24357

NOTE: Course will be available Nov. 1 to allow registered individuals opportunity to check their access and sign-in

Questions? Please email

Debriefing in Simulation-based Teaching and Learning workshop
Mon., Nov. 12, 2018
 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Flyer and registration details for Debriefing in Simulation-based Teaching and Learning

Register Online

Getting Yourself Promoted      
Mon., Nov. 19, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   or   Mon., Jan. 14, 2019    9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
Flyer and registration details for Getting Yourself Promoted

Register Online

Your McMaster CV: tips and advice

Mon., Nov. 19, 2018   10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or   Mon., Jan. 14, 2019    10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Flyer and registration details for Your McMaster CV: tips and advice

Register Online

Transforming Compassion Fatigue: "Surviving to Thriving"

Mon., Nov. 26, 2018  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Flyer and registration details for Transforming Compassion Fatigue: "Surviving to Thriving"

Register Online

PBSG-ED Sessions for Clinical Teachers -
individuals may select to attend 1 or more of the sessions

These workshops will introduce busy clinical preceptors to the "PBSG-ED modules" - useful teaching tools that can be used by small groups of teachers at times and settings of their convenience. Each module provides continuing education that makes judicious use of the most recent and best educational evidence available. Modules include: real life teacher-learner cases, stimulus questions, evidence-based information points keyed to commentary, teaching tools, resources and references. Useful for a variety of healthcare practitioners. For more info. re: PBSG-ED, please see:

The Learner in Difficulty                                       Wed., Nov. 28, 2018    8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Most learning encounters proceed smoothly with significant benefits for both learner and preceptor. However,
some learning situations can go awry. This module is designed to help preceptors make an appropriate and timely assessment of the learners' difficulty along with developing a plan to facilitate improvement, and improve communication.

New!Conflict Management: Strategies for Preceptors  Mon., Dec. 3, 2018      8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
This module was developed to provide clinical teachers with:
- a definition of conflict management, and counselling advice on handling dysfunctional conflict for a mutually optimal outcome
- an understanding of the factors contributing to conflict and the resulting negative impact on the well being of learners and teachers, as well as the learning environment and patient care
- practical strategies for managing conflictual situations that might arise in clinical teaching settings between:
  a) learners and their teachers
  b) learners and patients and/or the patient's families
  c) learners and other healthcare professionals/learners
Registration Fees (per each session - includes paper PBSG-ED module and light refreshments):
Partnered McMaster Dept. - No Charge
Non-Partnered McMaster and/or Affilitated Faculty/Staff (teaching McMaster students) - $ 75.00 per session

For other fee categories, please contact:

Register Online   -  


In collaboration with the MD Program -

(intended for eligible faculty who expect to tutor in the MD Program in the upcoming year).

Tutorial MacEssentials 2019 - Workshop to prepare faculty to tutor in the MD Program

January 9, 2019 or June, 2019 (To be announced)  -   6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This 3.5 hr. workshop is required preparation for faculty members who aspire to tutor in the MD Program. It is offered to interested participants before they begin to tutor and includes an opportunity to observe an actual tutorial in progress (arranged at a mutually agreeable time).

The MacEssentials workshop is offered twice yearly, typically in January and June and is eligible for PFD Academic Pathways hrs. - BEST: 3.5 hrs./session.
For additional information and registration, please contact: to top of page
Jen Bowen   (905) 525-9140, x. 22981

Workshop description & objectives

Residents, clinical fellows, and other individuals wanting a broad introduction to PBL are encouraged to register in How Do I Do PBL Tutoring?: Facilitating Problem Based Learning 101, offered by the Program for Faculty Development that will be held: Apr. 3, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Health Care Professionals

SPRING 2019 -

10-week Program, plus all-day retreat

Dates: Feb. 19 - Apr. 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Retreat on: Saturday, March 30, 2019 (all-day)
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the program.
No previous experience is required.

This 10-week course is designed to promote both personal wellness and professional resilience and capacity. It provides the unique opportunity for individuals to develop their personal mindfulness practice as well as to examine the interface between mindfulness practice and the arts of healing and teaching. Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of relating to life circumstances so that they can be approached with greater calm, clarity and wisdom.

Over 20 years of research has shown that MBSR participants report:

- lasting decreases in physical and psychological
- greater ability to cope with stress
- greater facility to learn
- greater energy and enthusiasm for life

[Flyer & Registration form for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)]PDF

Register Online


How Do I DO PBL Tutoring?: Facilitating Problem Based Learning 101  -    
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

[Flyer & Registration form for How Do I DO PBL Tutoring?]PDF

If interested in attending in future sessions, please contact: to be placed on
mailing list.

Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
[Sample Flyer & Registration form for 2018 Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning]PDF

Register Online


(as @ Oct. 24, 2018)



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