Master Teacher Program

Teaching Excellence in Medical Education Program:

In order to ensure that all Master Teachers have a consistent level of baseline educational expertise, the Office of Faculty Development, has designed a University of Calgary-accredited Certificate Program. The Teaching Excellence in Medical Education Program is a combination of interactive small group sessions and teaching sessions totaling 80 hours in length. The goal of the Program is to review the basic and advanced topics and techniques in medical education. The focus is on practical aspects of these topics so that the skills acquired during the course can be applied directly to the interactions with the students. Each Master Teacher is expected to complete the requirements for the Certificate within the first year of their hiring, with those hours counting towards the yearly total hours required for the Master Teacher Program.

Who Should Apply?

Master Teachers are enthusiastic team players with a passion for teaching. Successful candidates will also have:

  1. Proven track-record of excellence in teaching (preferably at the UME level).
  2. Exemplary communication skills.
  3. Commitment to setting and meeting high expectations for themselves and their learners.
  4. Ability to adapt to new situations rapidly.
  5. Desire to help medical students become the best physicians possible.

Master Teachers must be an MD with a current licence to practice medicine in the Province of Alberta.

Master Teachers must understand and be willing to promote the educational goals, objectives and principles of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Clinical Presentation Curriculum. These principles include:

  1. The problem solving approach (scheme) is the method used to structure and organize course content.
  2. Learning methods include a balance of lectures, small groups, patient presentations and bedside teaching. During small group teaching, students actively apply their knowledge to the solution of a clinical problem often using the framework of the scheme. This actively shapes their knowledge into a cognitive structure that will facilitate problem solving.
  3. Evaluation methods measure clinical problem solving ability as well as general content knowledge

Why would you want to become a Master Teacher?

  1. An opportunity to make a significant impact on the educational experiences of the next generation of physicians. 
  2. Regular faculty development sessions that serve to advance teaching skills. 
  3. The means to complete a University-accredited Certificate Program. 
  4. The opportunity to interact and learn with like-minded colleagues. 
  5. Salary support for dedicated teaching time. 
  6. Full support for new educational initiatives or research related to medical education. 
  7. The opportunity to serve as a role model for teaching excellence throughout the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and beyond.