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Education Scholars Program

Program Objective

The ESP is a leadership development program for educators of health professionals. The purpose of ESP is to:

  • Support and enable the success of health professional educators in their roles as scholarly educators, education leaders and teachers as well as, faculty developers who support their colleagues in their educational work;
  • Create a foundation for building an inter-departmental, inter and intra-professional, and inter-faculty community of practice within the program as well as facilitating their integration into the greater  community of scholars in health professional education both locally and beyond; and,
  • Prepare current and future education leaders in the health professions and health sciences.

Program Description

This longitudinal leadership development program for health professional educators fosters academic excellence, creativity and scholarly productivity in education. The program builds capacity by enhancing competence in education leadership, scholarship, curriculum and teaching thus facilitating opportunities for advancement. Each Education Scholars Program (ESP) cohort experiences a uniquely designed curriculum that is structured to adapt to the specific needs of the Scholars, sponsoring departments and the current educational environment.

Our program goals are to support and enable the success of health professional and health science faculty/staff in their many roles as educators. These roles include being an education leader, scholar and teacher as well as a faculty developer who supports their colleagues in their educational work.

Curriculum Goals are to create:

  • Scholarly health professional educators;
  • Faculty developers,
  • A community of practice linked to existing communities of educators.

The core themes in ESP are Teaching Excellence and Curriculum Design, Education Scholarship, Education Leadership and Faculty Development.  ESP embraces an evolving curriculum design model. Each cohort experiences a curriculum that is uniquely designed and adapts to the needs of the Scholars, sponsoring departments and the current education environment.

Unique aspects of the program include:

  • Education leadership and career development curriculum
  • Adaptive curriculum that evolves with the needs of the class
  • Involvement of more than 100 faculty members as teachers, consultants, program committee members and project advisors
  • Peer and faculty mentoring
  • Inter and intra-professional participants
  • Engagement in a scholarly community

The program is eligible for up to 4 course credits in the Masters in Community Health Science – Health Professions Teaching Education at the University of Toronto.

Program Structure

In addition to weekly class preparation, scholars complete assignments over the course of the two year program. As an applied program all course work and assignments are directly relevant to participants’ educational practices.


Brenda Mori
Program Lead

Barbara-Ann Millar
Associate Program Lead

Lisa Faieta
Education Coordinator, Communications and Community

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

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

Format: Currently virtual with the intent to offer the program in-person again in the future

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Fees: TBD

Register: The application window for the current ESP cohort is closed. For more information about the application process, please contact

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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    This workshop engages participants in activities that review examples of the positive and negative effects of the Hidden Curriculum. Participants are provided with practical tips in keeping track of Hidden Curriculum effects as part of an overarching approach to quality improvement in HPE.
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    Join our discussion of provocative questions about the roles of co- and socially-shared regulation of learning in healthcare, and how they are assessed.
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    This workshop introduces key strategies related to teaching in the clinical setting. Participants will learn how to apply strategies to enhance the educational climate and compare/contrast different preceptorship models. We discuss the importance of transparency and non-hierarchical teaching approaches.
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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.

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.

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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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