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Community Forum for Education
and Evaluation Scholars

Community Objective

The Community Forum for Education and Evaluation Scholars (CoFEES) provides a space for education and evaluation scholars across the academic health sciences system to connect, exchange ideas, debate and share research.

Community Description

CoFEES is a partnership between CFD, Applied Education Research Operatives (AERO), and the Sunnybrook Education Research Unit (ERU) and is led collaboratively by representatives from each organization. It is a revitalized version of Education Research Community.

CoFEES hosts three signature events:

  1. The Dialogue and Debate Series
  2. The Safe Pitch Series
  3. The Annual Colloquium

Dialogue and Debate Series

This series provides a safe space for scholars to discuss provocative ideas, question established practices, and examine tensions in research on diverse issues. Once a month, we facilitate a session featuring two presentations from scholars leading research on a topic of broad relevance to our community. This is followed by moderated discussions and community discussions. Healthy, collegial debate is encouraged. We strive to invite at least one speaker from outside our local (TAHSN) community for each session in order to engage unique perspectives and insights.

Upcoming topics for the series include:

  • Pros and problems in research on transformative pedagogy
  • Tensions in research on self-regulated learning
  • Contentious issues in simulation research: Humanist vs behaviorist design
  • Risk vs reward in mandating program evaluation
  • The CBME debates: Illuminating empirical and philosophical critiques
  • New vs old statistics: Trouble in sight for ANOVAs and p-values?
  • Research on implicit bias: Contentious issues
  • Problematic evolutions in the manifestation of racism

To provide a safe space for debate and discussion and facilitate a sense of community among our participants, space is limited for each session. Registration is required to attend.

Where: Virtual event via Zoom (registration required)
When: 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month
Schedule and Registration: Coming soon

The Safe Pitch Series

The Safe Pitch Series provides a space for scholars to share presentations on early-stage scholarly projects with the CoFEES community. Both emerging and established scholars can solicit ideas, advice, and feedback from the broader community. Presenters can participate by reaching out directly to the faculty lead (Betty Onyura, to request a time slot. They may also be invited or nominated by CoFEES community members.

Where: Virtual event via Zoom (registration required)
When: Mondays 12:00-1:00pm every two months
Schedule and Registration: Coming soon

The Annual Colloquium

The Annual Colloquium is held once a year in June to a topic that is of broad interest to the community. Invited speakers are from outside our local community. The next Annual Colloquium is scheduled to June 2022. Date and time details to follow.

Meet our Community

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Community Overview

Who should register: Education; Evaluation & Interdisciplinary Scholars; Clinician Educators; Any interested party

Format: Virtual

Register: Registration required.  Please click here to see our Upcoming Sessions

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Upcoming Events

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    This virtual community event is for CFD members to come together to during a lunch and learn to discuss emerging curiosities, questions and tensions within health professions education on the topic of the month.
    • Member Event
    Start 12:00 pm EST
    End 01:00 pm EST
    Location Online
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    Are you someone who is in a leadership role or responsible influencing people/change and looking to enhance the performance or support the development of another in the areas of teaching, leadership, scholarship and advocacy? In this applied workshop, we will explore how you can enhance your skills as a coach through Brief Solution Focused Coaching to support a colleague develop themselves at work or in the clinical academic environment.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    Start 01:00 pm EST
    End 04:00 pm EST
    Location Online
  • CFD13-%20CFDLogo_SubBranding_BPER_Card.png
    Please join us for BPER Reads, our annual "Battle of the Papers" where Ivan Silver and Paula Rowland will battle it out to convince us which paper of 2022 is the one paper all health professional educators must read.
    Start 12:00 pm EST
    End 01:00 pm EST
    Location Online


Q. How do I create and/or activate my account to log into the site?

A. To create a CFD user account please click here. If you have already created an account, click here to log in. Please note you will be required to set up a new account and password for our new website. We will connect your account with your previous CFD event records.

Q. Is there a cost to attend your programs?

A. There is a cost to participate in some of our programs. The cost of each of our programs varies and in some cases, the cost varies depending on your status with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and/or in which hospital you work as well as whether or not you have an annual CFD Membership.

Q.I do not have a faculty appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Can I still attend your workshops, programs and/or events? Is there a fee?

A. Anyone whose education activities include teaching, leading, scholarship and advocacy are welcome to attend our workshops, programs and/or events. Specific pre-requisite criteria may apply. Please refer to each workshop, program or event page for details. All fees and discounts (where applicable) can be found in the workshop, program and event pages.

Q.I am interested in having one of your workshops offered at my home site/department. Do you offer this type of service?

A. Please contact us for further information.  The availability of this service is dependent on the resources and capacity of the CFD at the time the request is made.

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Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

Centre for Faculty Development
Li Ka Shing International Healthcare
Education Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital
209 Victoria Street, 4th floor

Mailing Address:
30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8


Are you trying to build community in virtual or in-person education spaces? Trying to figure out what is effective or what is hindering your process?

Join us on Feb 6 to discuss building community in these spaces!

*Open to CFD Members only
Register at:

Join us on February 1st at 1pm for "Decolonizing Healthcare Education" facilitated by Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross and Beck McNeil.

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