Peer Consultation in Clinical Teaching Program

Have you been teaching in the clinical setting and wondering “How can I further develop my teaching skills? How can I help learners optimize their learning and also feel personally fulfilled as a teacher?” Maybe you have never had the opportunity to receive expert teaching and feedback on your own teaching skills? If any of these common thoughts have crossed your mind, keep reading ahead, we have the answers for you!

The Peer Consultation in Clinical Teaching program links clinical teachers with clinical educators experienced in facilitating development of clinical skills. Participation may be claimed as Section 3 credits in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification Program. There is no charge to participate in the program.

Background

Clinical faculty are expected to teach learners yet many have not received specific training in teaching. Many clinical faculty desire more direct observation and feedback on their teaching skills as a way of continuing to develop their skills. Peer consultation clinical teaching is a process in which an observer provides descriptive feedback to a peer on their teaching practice for the purpose of improving teaching through identifying principles of good teaching, examples of good practice, and areas for ongoing development.

What would this involve?

Faculty interested in participating in the program will receive a list of clinical educators available for consultation and feedback. You will then contact one of the clinical educators to schedule a time for the consultation. You will be asked to identify in advance 1 – 2 aspects of your teaching that you wish to receive feedback on and work on further developing. The consultation itself would involve an observation of 20 – 30 minutes of your clinical teaching, and after the observation you would then receive specific feedback on your teaching. You may choose to participate in a single session, several sessions, or on a longitudinal basis.

How will I benefit?

The purpose of the program is to help you further develop your teaching skills. All consultations and feedback are confidential and will not be used for evaluation. Participation may be claimed as Section 3 credits in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Maintenance of Certification program. There is no charge to participate in the program.

How do I sign up for the program?

Please contact Kenna Kelly-Turner at kskellyt@ucalgary.ca with any questions you may have and to register in the program.