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Family Medicine - Foundational Teaching Skills Program

The Department of Family Medicine & The Office of Faculty Development

We’re pleased to invite you to register for the inaugural cycle of the Family Medicine Foundational Teaching Skills Program, a collaboration between the DFM and the Office of Faculty Development (OFDP) here at the University of Calgary. This virtual 5 session course is designed to provide you with the fundamental skills needed to be a great teacher. If you’re new to teaching or just want to continue growing your skill set in family medicine teaching, this course is for you!

The five sessions cover a range of topics, from an introduction to teaching skills, to providing feedback and identify learners in difficulty. Running from April through November, each 90 minute session is held on a Friday from 12:00-1:30pm via zoom.

By the end of the program, participants will demonstrate successful achievement of the following objectives:

  1. Improved preparation for teaching FM learners
  2. Incorporation and application of Cognitive Psychology principles and foundational teaching skills into their day-to-day clinical teaching of FM learners, content design, and mentoring
  3. Understanding of analytical and non-analytical reasoning, as well as the basis for cognitive diagnostic errors
  4. Demonstration of proper feedback and mentoring techniques, in particular as applied to the learner in difficulty 
  5. Implementation of strategies to create a safe learning environment
  6. Reflection and evaluation of their own teaching skills and identification of areas for further improvement
  7. Adaptation of different teaching skills to specific learners and situations

Participants who complete the program (at least 4 of the 5 sessions) will be presented with a certificate of completion at the end.

Details

Number of sessions: 5

Minimum commitment: 4 sessions 

Dates: 

  • April 21, 2023
  • May 19, 2023
  • June 16, 2023
  • September 15, 2023
  • November 24, 2023 

Time: 12:00-1:30pm MT

Registration opens: January 13, 2023

Registration closes: January 27, 2023

Cost: $0.00 

Intro to Teaching Skills/Cognitive Psychology

Intro to teaching skills/Cognitive Psychology

Date: April 21, 2023

Objectives: 

  1. Understand the importance of working memory in promoting acquisition (storage) of content
  2. Describe long-term memory in terms of implicit and explicit subcomponents
  3. Change teaching/curricular design practice to emphasize promotion of content retrieval

Presented by: Dr. Sylvain Coderre

Clinical reasoning and diagnostic error

Date: May 19, 2023

Objectives: 

  1. Be able to compare and contrast analytical from non-analytical reasoning
  2. Define heuristics and biases
  3. Explore sources of reasoning error
  4. Apply strategies to mitigate reasoning error

Presented by Dr: Sylvian Coderre

Clinical Reasoning and Diagnostic Error
Principles of Feedback and Coaching

Principles of feedback and coaching

Date: June 16, 2023

Objectives: 

  1. Understand the importance of feedback
  2. Identify barriers faced when providing feedback
  3. Review strategies to facilitate feedback delivery
  4. Moving from point in time feedback to coaching

Presented by: Dr. Marcy Mintz

Creating a safe learning environment

Date: September 15, 2023

Objectives: 

  1. Define and identify key elements of a safe learning environment
  2. Select strategies to establish safety in the learning environment
  3. Respond to issues that threaten safety within the learning environment

Presented by: Ms. Kenna Kelly-Turner 

Creating a Safe Learning Environment
Identification and Mentoring of the Learner in Difficulty

Identification and mentoring of the learner in difficulty

Date: November 24, 2023

Objectives: 

  1. Recognizing individual learner needs, and the factors that may impact performance
  2. How to provide valuable and actionable feedback to the struggling learner
  3. How to work with an individualized learning plan, remediation or probation contract

Presented by: Dr. Marcy Mintz