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 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]

Follow us on Twitter  @MacPFD


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] PDF

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] PDF

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]PDF

Questions? Please contact:

Debriefing in Simulation-based Teaching and Learning New!

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]PDF

This interactive, half-day workshop is for faculty members interested in debriefing scenario-
based simulation (either standardized patient or theatre-based). It will provide hands-on
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  (Info. coming soon) New!

• How to Get Published  -  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

• Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished
    information  -   4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Michael G. DeGroote Learning & Discovery (MDCL) building - Must be pre-registered

Clinical Teaching Fundamentals - ONLINE 6-week course -

Jan. 29 - March 12, 2017

For info., please see flyer:  [Flyer for Clinical Teaching Fundamentals]PDF

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

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 DRAM2017 (1-4)PDF

DRAM 1 - Foundations of Mindfulness: Historical Origins and Contemporary Practice
January 27 & 28, 2017  [Flyer for Winter 2017 - DRAM 1 Module PDF

DRAM 2 - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
February 24 & 25, 2017  [Flyer for Winter 2017 - DRAM 2 Module PDF

DRAM 3 - Being the Change: Growing Civility and Resilience through Secular Ethics and
March 24 & 25, 2017  [Flyer for Winter 2017 - DRAM 3 Module PDF

DRAM 4 - Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Life
April 29 & 30, 2017  [Flyer for Winter 2017 - DRAM 4 Module PDF

TestimonialPDF - 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)] PDF

Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal LearningNew!

Wed., May 31, 2017    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Info. coming soon)

STEP 2017 (Surgical Teachers' Educational Program) - also open to non surgeons

Tentative dates:
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: to be placed on a mailing list to receive flyer when available

Mindful Self-CompassionNew!
(no previous experience is required to attend this course)

Sept. 26 - Nov. 14, 2017  (8 weekly sessions Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)

Retreat: held on Sat., Oct. 18, 2017  (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
[Flyer will be available soon] PDF

Please contact: 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.

Overall Goals:

• 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:

Journal of Clinical Psychology:



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