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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 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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SAVE the DATE ! -

11th Annual DAY in
WONG Forum in Medicine - Wed., May 9, 2018


The Program for Faculty Development (PFD) has developed a compendium to celebrate our 30th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of our Annual DAY in FACULTY DEVELOPMENT !

Special Thanks to all who contributed in making this day memorable.

UPCOMING EVENTS — 2017 - 2018

or view Listing of Events herePDF

Winter/Spring 2018

Getting Yourself Promoted                                                                                                                             to top of page

Wed., Jan. 10, 2018     9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

[Flyer & Registration form for Getting Yourself Promoted]PDF

Register Online

Your McMaster CV: tips and advice

Wed., Jan. 10, 2018     10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

[Flyer & Registration form for Your McMaster CV: tips and advice]PDF

Register Online

PBSG-ED: Series for Clinical Teachers -
individual may select to attend 1 or more of the sessions

Learner Assessment         New!          Mon., Apr. 23, 2018     3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

The Learner in Difficulty                             Mon., Nov. 27, 2017     3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Developing Professionalism in our Learners:    Mon., Jan. 29, 2018     3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Critical Conversations
[Flyer & Registration form for PBSG-ED: Series for Clinical Teachers]PDF

Register Online


Clinical Teaching Fundamentals - ONLINE 6-week course - FULL as @ Jan. 10/18
Jan. 20 - Mar 8, 2018

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

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 Jan. 17 to allow registered indiviudals opportunity to check their access and sign-in

If interested in receiving information about next offering, please email

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

Teaching Styles and Techniques that Work !

EFFORT 3    Wed., Feb. 7, 2018     6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Dinner @ 5:30 p.m.
    Dinner, Parking and Door Prizes provided

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

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

Register Online


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


10-week Program, plus all-day retreat

Dates: March 27 - May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Retreat on: Saturday, May 5, 2018 (all-day) 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the entire program. (flyer coming soon)

Peer Observation of Teaching: a train-the-trainer workshop
Mon., Apr. 9, 2018   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

[Flyer & Registration form for Peer Observation of Teaching]PDF

Register Online

Professionalism in Practice
(lunch provided)
Mon., Apr. 16, 2018   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. details coming soon


Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty

Wed., Apr. 18, 2018     12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

will be offered again October, 2018 and April, 2019
[Flyer & Registration form for Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty]PDF                                to top of page

Register Online

Learner AssessmentNew!
Mon., Apr. 23, 2018   3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
view [Flyer & Registration form for PBSG-ED: Series for Clinical Teachers]PDF

Narrative Healthcare for Healthcare Professionals
Mon., Apr. 24, 2018  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (tentative date)details coming soon

SIMULATION: Faculty Development Interprofessional Simulation workshop - SAVE the DATE
Mon., May 7, 2018  details coming soon
To be placed on a mailing list, please contact:  

Feedback: Coaching Learners EffectivelyNew!

Monday, May 14, 2018   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
[Flyer & Registration form for Feedback: Coaching Learners Effectively]PDF

Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal LearningNew!

Monday, May 28, 2018    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. details coming soon

In collaboration with the MD Program -

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

Tutorial MacEssentials 2018 - Workshop to prepare faculty to tutor in the MD Program

Wed., Jan. 10, 2018  -   6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  (session repeated: June, 2018 - date TBA)

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:
Jane Bennett    (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.

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

(FALL 2017 COURSE IS FULL-Waitlist only)
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:




• Placing your research in context: Navigating the world of published and unpublished
    information  -   June 8, 2018   9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

• Education Scholarship: From Innovation to Publication
    -   June 8, 2018   10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Both workshops will be held at the: David Braley Health Sciences Centre - 2nd floor
100 Main St. W. (corner of Main & Bay Streets)


How Do I DO PBL Tutoring?: Facilitating Problem Based Learning 101  -    

Next offering Fall, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (date to be announced)   

[For info. - 2017 - Flyer & Registration form for How Do I DO PBL Tutoring?]PDF

If interested in attending - Fall, 2018, please contact: to be placed on
mailing list.

New ONLINE Registration system coming soon -
stay tuned !
(as @ Dec., 2017)




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