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Centre for Faculty Development celebrates 10-year anniversary

Toronto, November 5, 2012

By Emily Holton

Artist Anthea Foyer walked guests through the interactive art installation, produced for the Centre for Faculty Development anniversary event.
Artist Anthea Foyer walked guests through the interactive art installation, produced for the Centre for Faculty Development anniversary event.

Dr. Karen Leslie, Director of the Centre for Faculty Development.
Dr. Karen Leslie, Director of the Centre for Faculty Development.

Centre for Faculty Development management and staff.
Centre for Faculty Development management and staff.

The Centre for Faculty Development celebrated its 10-year anniversary Oct. 23, with a swanky event in the Exhibit Hall of the Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s. The room was transformed by an interactive art installation, miles of crudité and the many proud faces around the room.

“Our Centre for Faculty Development represents the ideal collaboration between university and hospital,” said Dr. Patricia Houston, in her remarks to the crowd. “It is unique in its collaborative approach to the development of teaching and education scholarship skills for all health sciences professionals. I can’t tell you how personally proud I am.”

The centre was founded in 2002, championed by Dr. Bob Howard and Dr. Donald Wasylenki, then a psychiatrist at St. Michael's.

“I always think about St. Michael’s activities in terms of their fit: do they fit with our culture, who we are and where we’re going,” said Dr. Howard. “The Centre for Faculty Development’s culture of inclusivity, sharing and partnerships is a perfect fit with St. Michael’s. It’s something that we should be – and are – exceedingly proud of.”

Centre for Faculty Development programs and resources are available to the staff of all fully and community affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto, including all St. Michael’s staff.

“It’s part of St. Michael’s philosophy that we are all learners and all teachers, no matter where we work in the organization,” said Karen Leslie, the centre’s director. “If you’re presenting rounds, mentoring junior colleagues or engaged in education scholarship, we’re here to help you do it to the best of your ability.”

A unique collaboration between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and St. Michael's Hospital, the centre is devoted to building the skills of health professional faculty. Since its founding, it has expanded to support participants from other institutions including the Michener Institute, George Brown College, Ryerson University and King Saud University. In 2005, the centre launched a faculty development research program to identify and study best practices in education, and begin to assess the outcomes and impact of faculty development.

What will the next 10 years look like?

“We’re launching our New and Emerging Academic Leaders Program, with collaborators from the Rotman School of Management, Schulich School of Business and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation,” said Leslie. “And we’re launching a series of online faculty development resources. In addition to improving teaching skills, we’re focusing on developing academic leaders – building capacity among health professionals to lead whole programs of education.”

Learn more about the Centre for Faculty Development at www.cfd.med.utoronto.ca.