International Faculty Development Program

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The International Faculty Development Program (IFDP) is an intensive academic medical program for international medical faculty offered by the Office of International Programs, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, at the University of Alberta.

This online International Faculty Development Program offers a combination of synchronous sessions (lectures and facilitated small groups) and asynchronous (pre-reading and reflective) activities from faculty experts from the world-renowned University of Alberta. Over 50 hours of direct online time with professors is provided, many of whom have received national and international teaching awards. The program showcases our medical school curriculum and focuses on how we train our faculty to:

  • teach clinical skills
  • design and facilitate problem-based learning
  • deliver engaging lectures
  • provide quality feedback and assessment

The overarching goal of this program is to train faculty to be better teachers by:

  • providing and sharing teaching resources
  • discussing methods of teaching, learning, and assessment
  • modelling good teaching practices, including reflective practice, self assessment, and peer evaluation.
  • identifying trends in medical education
  • providing an overview of the Canadian Medical Education system and associated processes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe teaching strategies used by the medical school at the University of Alberta and reflect on how it applies to your teaching assignments.
  • describe methods that you can use to provide constructive feedback and reflect on how it applies to your interaction with your learners.
  • describe methods of teaching evaluation and reflect on how this applies to your teaching.

This program will be of special interest to those who teach medical students as they will gain valuable skills for classroom and clinical teaching. The program also helps build connections within and between institutions and creates enthusiasm for teaching and faculty development.  Learn more details at the IFDP website.