McMaster University

McMaster University

Academic Pathways

As Faculty of Health Sciences educators, you may be asked to tutor a small group problem based tutorial, or perhaps, you may be recruited to be a clinical preceptor/supervisor.

Our Pathways provide the necessary tools to assist you in being effective educators. For new faculty members, there is an expectation that you attend the yearly Orientation Session for Health Sciences Faculty. This session is offered twice-yearly and new faculty have the option of attending either in the Fall or Spring. The PFD Pathways are counted as educational contributions for your Education Dossier.

Claiming credits for non-certified educational events (eg., MOC / Mainpro+)

Please see: Credits-non-certified-ed-events2019

2018 - 2019
PFD Academic Pathways offerings:

please view Listing of Events herePDF   or

if you prefer a Calendar View:

To register, please click on Register Online or complete and return registration form where indicated. We are in the process of transferring over to a "NEW" Online registration system.

Register online

Our Pathways include inter-professional workshops/sessions varying from the very basic concepts (Exposure) to more advanced level training (Immersion and Mastery). They are primarily designed for educators wanting to gain or improve their teaching/precepting skills, and who are committed to continued reflection, evaluation, and consequent improvement of their own practice. The PFD Pathways themes are: TL = Teaching & Learning;
PD = Professional Development; DR = Discovering Resilience

Participation in PFD offerings will also be recorded in MacFACTS (former STAR)

Individuals may select to only attend a few workshops/sessions, work towards one of the Teaching & Learning Certificates, or choose to apply for the University Teaching Program (UTP).

Each of these Pathways leads to a Certificate of Completion. Available Pathways are: BEST (Basic Educational Skills Teachers); FAST (Faculty Advanced Skills Teachers) and LEAD (Leaders in Educational and Academic Development). Individuals completing a certification level will be celebrated at our Annual DAY in FACULTY DEVELOPMENT, held each year (2nd Wednesday in May).

The image below indicates the required hrs. to achieve certification.

PFD Pathways

Unless otherwise noted, registration is required. For most faculty/residents/staff, there will not be individual registration fees due to a prior arrangement between the Departments/Programs/Schools and the PFD. (Please note: for Mindfulness Courses, a portion of the fee has been subsidized). If you are unsure as to whether you are covered, please contact our office:

Our offerings are suitable for non-McMaster educators as well, especially individuals interested in Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Tutor Training.

PFD Academic Pathways Tracking Form

Please use this form to indicate and submit your completed certificate levels to the PFD Office.

Individuals completing certificate levels will be notified of certificate presentation date - usually held at our Annual DAY in FACULTY DEVELOPMENT - 2nd Wednesday in May.

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