Welcome Message from
Dr. Anne Wong, Assistant Dean
The Program for Faculty Development (PFD), in its 29th 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]
Check out Dr. Anne Wong on Morningfile speaking about the
Soul on Fire: Narratives that Inspire podcast series.
93.3 CFMU - Soul on fire: Narrative that Inspire
Don't forget to SAVE THE DATE for our 10th Annual DAY in FACULTY DEVELOPMENT -
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (Join us for our 30th Anniversary celebration ! )
(NOTE: normally, our Annual Day is held on the 1st Wednesday in May, however, date has been
changed due to the CCME conference)
UPCOMING EVENTS — 2016 - 2017
Save the Date and Register:
Getting Yourself Promoted
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
[Flyer/Registration form for Getting Yourself Promoted]
Your McMaster CV: tips and advice (Lunch & Learn)
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
[Flyer/Registration form for Your McMaster CV: tips and advice]
Tutorial MacEssentials - Workshop to prepare faculty to tutor in
the MD Program (offered by the MD Program in liaison with PFD)
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
[Flyer/Registration form for Tutorial MacEssentials]
Questions? Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debriefing in Simulation-based Teaching and Learning
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
[Flyer/Registration form for Debriefing in Simulation-based Teaching and Learning]
This interactive, half-day workshop is for faculty members interested in debriefing
based simulation (either standardized patient or theatre-based). It will provide
experience with common debriefing techniques and explore challenging debriefing situations.
Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty (includes light lunch)
Wed., April 5, 2017 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Michael G. DeGroote Learning & Discovery (MDCL) building - Must be pre-registered
EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP Series -- Thursday, April 20, 2017
• Publishing Research in Health Sciences: Overview of the Field
and Specific Hints - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
[Flyer for Publishing Research in Health Sciences: Overview of the Field and Specific Hints]
• Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished
information - 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
[Flyer for Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished info.]
Location: Michael G. DeGroote Learning & Discovery (MDCL) building - Must be pre-registered
Clinical Teaching Fundamentals - ONLINE 6-week course - (FULL)
Jan. 29 - March 12, 2017 (FULL)
For info., please see flyer: [Flyer for Clinical Teaching Fundamentals]
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 email@example.com 905-525-9140, x. 24357
Developing Resilience through Applied Mindfulness (DRAM)
Jan. 27, 2017 - Apr. 30, 2017) (Register for 3 courses, get the 4th for free ! )
[Flyer & Registration form for
DRAM 1 - Foundations of Mindfulness: Historical Origins and Contemporary Practice
January 27 & 28, 2017 [Flyer for
Winter 2017 - DRAM 1 Module
DRAM 2 - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
February 24 & 25, 2017 [Flyer for
Winter 2017 - DRAM 2 Module
DRAM 3 - Being the Change: Growing Civility and Resilience through Secular Ethics and
March 24 & 25, 2017 [Flyer for
Winter 2017 - DRAM 3 Module
DRAM 4 - Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Life
April 29 & 30, 2017 [Flyer for
Winter 2017 - DRAM 4 Module
Testimonial - read
what past participants have said regarding this course.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
10-week Program, plus all-day retreat
Dates: March 28 - May 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Retreat on: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (all-day)
Participants must commit to attend the entire program.
[Flyer/Registration form - Spring 2017 - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)]
Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning
Wed., May 31, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
[Flyer for Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning]
STEP 2017 (Surgical Teachers' Educational Program) - also open to non surgeons
STEP 1 Wed., May 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
STEP 2 Wed., Nov. 1, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
STEP 3 Wed., Feb. 7, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a mailing list to receive flyer when available
Mindful Self-Compassion (no previous experience is required to attend this course)
Sept. 26 - Nov. 21, 2017 (9 weekly sessions Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
Retreat: held on a Sat., Oct. 28, 2017 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
[Flyer will be available soon]
Please contact: email@example.com to be placed on a mailing list to receive flyer when available.
Increasingly, health-care institutions are coming under pressure to do more with less, to provide quality care
with less resources and to improve the experience of patients and their families.
As a result, many health-care workers find themselves grappling with increased levels of stress, burnout, compassion/empathy fatigue and conflict within their teams and colleagues.
• promote resilience, health and well-being within the self and the health care environment
• engage self-compassion and self-kindness verses the inner critic
• develop self and other observational tools thus improving one's relationship with self and others
• learn to manage suffering and difficult emotions
• learn to develop compassion and set boundaries without burnout, apathy, numbness and exhaustion
• learn self-care strategies to prevent burnout
• develop the capacity for an open heart
• develop mindfulness verses over-identification
For more information about mindful self-compassion:
Kristin Neff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11UOhODPu7k
Journal of Clinical Psychology: http://self-compassion.org/wp-content/uploads/publications/germer.neff.pdf