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Program for Faculty Development (PFD)

Welcome Message from
Dr. Anne Wong, Assistant Dean

Anne Wong

The Program for Faculty Development (PFD), in its 30th 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.

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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

SAVE THE DATE and Plan to Attend

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
(12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. approx.)
(Join us for our 30th Anniversary  celebration !)

Short Sessions - (individuals need to pre-register and select 1 of 2 sessions offered)

Narrative Healthcare: Developing Narrative Competency for Healthcare Professionals -
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  (2:00 to 3:55 p.m.)

Dr. Joyce Zazulak,                           Dr. Saroo Sharda,
M.Sc, MD, CCFP, FCFP         and        MBChB, MMEd, FRCPC
photo of Joyce Zazulak                     photo of Dr. Saroo Sharda
As Faculty, we are called upon more and more to use narrative approaches and reflective writing in our teaching. The use of narrative medicine and reflective writing has found its way into many healthcare curricula as an important tool to enhance self awareness and reflective capacity. This workshop will explore how developing skills in narrative competence in the clinical setting can increase our effectiveness as both clinicians and educators.

Art of Seeing -
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (2:00 to 3:55 p.m.)

Ms. Nicole Knibb,                              Ms. Caitlin O'Connell,
Hons. BA, Art History, MDes   and        MScBMC

photo of Nicole Knibb                      photo of Caitlin O'Connell
Introduction to the Art of Seeing; facilitated formal analysis and interpretation with two works of art; Introduction to graphic medicine and storyboarding as narrative; Zine making hands-on activity; participant discussion about the experience sharing their story in a visual way; questions and wider discussion.


Dr. Ellen Amster photo
WONG Forum in Medicine
Wed., May 10, 2017 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cat's Cradle and the Clinical Trial: The Humanity of Medicine and the Humanities in MedicinePDF

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ellen Amster, Ph.D., Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University, and associate professor in the Dept. of Health and Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and the Dept. of History.

(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


EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP Series -- Thursday, April 20, 2017New!

Dr. Geoff Norman and Ms. Jennifer McKinnell present --

• Publishing Research in Health Sciences: Overview of the Field
   and Specific Hints   -   3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
   Dr. Geoff Norman
 [Flyer for Publishing Research in Health Sciences: Overview of the Field and Specific Hints]PDF

• Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished
    information  -   4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.    
Ms. Jennifer McKinnell
[Flyer for Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished info.]PDF

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]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

To be placed on a mailing list for the next offering, please email:

Developing Resilience through Applied Mindfulness (DRAM)

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) -- FULL


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.
[Flyer for Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal Learning]PDF

Faculty ThinkTank on the Hidden Curriculum: Developing Strategies for McMaster University

Monday, May 29, 2017    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
 [Flyer for Faculty ThinkTank on the Hidden Curriculum: Developing Strategies for McMaster UniversityPDF

EFFORT (Effective Operating Room Teaching) - also open to non surgeons New!

Teaching Styles and Techniques that Work !

EFFORT 1    Wed., May 31, 2017    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
EFFORT 2    Wed., Nov. 1, 2017     6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
EFFORT 3    Wed., Feb. 7, 2018     6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

[Flyer & Registration form for EFFORT (Effective Operating Room Teaching)]PDF

Individuals may select to attend 1 or more sessions. Attending the full series is highly recommended.

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

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 & Registration form-Mindful Self-Compassion] PDF

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

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

For more information about mindful self-compassion:

Kristin Neff video:

Journal of Clinical Psychology:



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