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 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.

[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

UPCOMING EVENTS — 2016 - 2017


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

Teaching Styles and Techniques that Work !

EFFORT 1    Wed., May 31, 2017    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (this session FULL)
EFFORT 2    Wed., Nov. 1, 2017     6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
EFFORT 3    Wed., Feb. 7, 2018     6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Dinner, Parking and Door Prizes provided

[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 Teaching: The Art & Science of Optimal LearningNew! FULL

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.)  -- Cancelled
 [Flyer for Faculty ThinkTank on the Hidden Curriculum: Developing Strategies for McMaster UniversityPDF

In collaboration with the MD Program -

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

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017  6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
in MDCL 2232
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!

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:



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:


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




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