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Scholars Program

Curriculum Development, Program Evaluation and Leadership for System Change

Program Objective

The Education Scholars Program is a highly applied, intermediate level, 2-year program aimed at developing participants’ capacity as education scholars.

Program Description

The overall program goal is to enhance participants’ capacity as education scholars.  Working collaboratively to solve common challenges encountered in health professions education, participants will tackle the most pressing issues in:

  • curriculum and program development,
  • program evaluation, and
  • education leadership and system change.

This will be accomplished through highly applied longitudinal projects, small and large group discussions, guided observations and other practically-oriented tasks that promote application of theoretical concepts to participants’ own education contexts. Individual coaching sessions scheduled throughout the program will also support participants in their growth as education scholars and leaders. The program is deliberately designed to build connection and community within and beyond the program.

Target Audience

This intermediate-level program is designed for individuals who have foundational knowledge in health professions education and an interest in developing their capacity as an education scholar.

Program Structure

5 units over the course of two years, each focused on key theme.  Each unit includes:

  • 3-day intensive synchronous module (Module 1 & 5 in-person, Modules 2, 3 & 4 virtual)
    • Facilitates deep exploration of topics through a variety of reflective, small and large group, case-based teaching and learning formats
    • Provides a language of practice to communicate the value of education
    • Fosters connection and community within and beyond the program
  • Monthly synchronous virtual group sessions (2 hours each)
    • Fosters application of course material to participants’ own education contexts, with a focus on how to navigate expected and unexpected educational dilemmas
  • 1-2 individual virtual coaching sessions (1 hour each)
    • Actively supports development of identity as an education scholar
    • Advances critical thinking skills to address challenges with applying theory to practice
    • Develops reflexive skills critical to their education practice.
  • Independent work (approximately 1-2 hours per week)

Year 1
Unit 1: Foundations
Unit 2: Curriculum and Program Development
Unit 3: Program Evaluation

Year 2
Unit 4: Education Leadership and System Change
Unit 5: Consolidation
End of year: Showcase/graduation

ESP Access and Inclusion Bursary

Interested in applying for a bursary? Click here to learn more.

CFD Membership

All Education Scholars Program participants will be automatically enrolled as a CFD General Member for the academic year(s) you are in the program and in the academic year following completion of the program.


Euson Yeung
Program Lead

Mariangela Palumbo
Education Coordinator, Technology Integration and Programs

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: Open to all health professions faculty and learners.

Format: In person and virtual sessions

Program length: 2 years

Cohort size: up to 24 participants

Upcoming Dates:
Year 1
Unit 1: Foundations
October 2-4, 2023
Module 1 (3-day in-person)
October 31, 2023 – 2-hour virtual session
November 28, 2023 – 2-hour virtual session
1 self-scheduled 1:1 coaching (1 hour)

Unit 2: Curriculum and Program Development
January 15-17, 2024
Module 2 (3-day virtual)
February 13, 2024 – 2-hour virtual session
March 12, 2024 – 2-hour virtual session
1 self-scheduled 1:1 coaching (1 hour)

Unit 3: Program Evaluation
April 8-10, 2024 – Module 3 
(3-day virtual)
May 7, 2024 – 2-hour virtual session
2 self-scheduled 1:1 coaching (1 hour each)

Year 2
Unit 4: Education Leadership and System Change
October 7-9, 2024
Module 4 (3-day virtual)
November 5, 2024 – 2-hour virtual session
December 3, 2024 – 2-hour virtual session
1 self-scheduled 1:1 coaching (1 hour)

Unit 5: Consolidation
January 13-15, 2025
Module 5 (3-day in-person)
February 11, 2025 – 2-hour virtual session
March 11, 2025 – 2-hour virtual session
April 8, 2025 – 2-hour virtual session
1-2 self-scheduled 1:1 coaching (1 hour each)

May 20, 2025 – Showcase/Graduation (in-person)

$6910.00/year for CFD members
$7950.00/year for non-members

Registration Opens: March 1st
Registration Closes: June 30th
Click here to register.

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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Upcoming Events

  • CFD_MembershipMondays_Card.png
    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 EDT
    End 01:00 pm EDT
    Location Online
  • CFD13-%20CFDLogo_SubBranding__Workshop_Card_Blank.png
    This workshop is for education scholars – people who are engaging in any form of research or evaluation in education. It helps explain the differences and relationships between procedural and practical ethics and about reflexivity in education research, evaluation, and scholarship,
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 12:00 pm EDT
    Location Online
  • EduWeek2023_Logo%20for%20Arlo.jpg
    This workshop is part of Education Week at Unity Health. This interactive workshop will guide participants through the application of the “Principles for Anti-Oppressive Program Development in HPE” document. Think through questions around decision points such as budgeting, recruitment, format, accessibility, content choices, and more.
    • Education Week at Unity Health
    • For Unity Health Staff Only
    Start 01:00 pm EDT
    End 03:00 pm EDT
    Location Online


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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.

Q: Is having a CFD Membership the same as having a CFD account?

A: No, a CFD Membership is not the same as a CFD account. However, in order to complete your CFD Membership registration you will be prompted to create a CFD account if you do not already have one. To register for a CFD General Membership and create your account click here.

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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.

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