As demonstrated by its many programs and partnerships, the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is locally and internationally recognized as an innovator in faculty development. Through its excellence in scholarly educational and research activities, the CFD mobilizes knowledge and inspires transformative educators.
Due to the CFD’s prominence, multiple institutions have reached out to participate in the centre’s programming. In 2015, the CFD educated professionals within:
In 2015, the CFD educated education professionals outside of St. Michael's Hospital, including national and international institutions
As of 2009, there was no academic conference that provided a global platform for research engagement and discovery to faculty developers. The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) was integral in filling this void with the establishment of the first International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions (ICFDHP) in 2011, which coincided with the opening of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s. The ICFDHP was a joint venture between the CFD and the Centre for Medical Education and Faculty Development at McGill University. Several international partnerships were forged to ensure the success of this venture:
In the first iteration of this conference, there were 320 participants from 28 countries. Interest exceeded physical capacity.
The conference continues to impact the education of international health professions and faculty development communities. Its second iteration was held in conjunction with the Association for Medical Education in Europe conference in Prague (2013), the third was held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Medical Education Conference in Singapore (2015) and the fourth is slated to be held in Helsinki (2017). Since ICFDHP’s inception, more than 1,500 participants from over 30 countries have attended.
Map which shows the countries of participants at St. Michael’s Hospital’s first International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions
The University of Sao Paulo Brazil (USP) – the country’s preeminent medical school – approached the CFD to support the development of faculty as part of a large-scale curriculum renewal. A short-term proposal was developed to gain a fulsome understanding of the needs of faculty and to offer on-site programming to support a pilot group comprised of senior leaders, curriculum committee members, faculty involved in curriculum implementation and faculty development leads. The guiding principles assisted faculty in evaluating their capacity to deliver a new, revamped, competency-based undergraduate medical education program and to create a local community of practice to support faculty development across the institution. This was supported through a partnership with the University of Toronto and the CFD.
The support and programming offered was a success and the CFD is exploring future work in global faculty development that builds on this collaboration.