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Enhancing Teacher

Program Objective

The Enhancing Teacher Performance (ETP) Program focuses on enhancing one’s effectiveness as a clinical or laboratory-based teacher.  This short-term intensive program is grounded in a model of teaching excellence competencies, developed at the CFD.  Under the guidance and support of a faculty development coach, faculty at any stage participate in focused activities, workshops, and guided sessions to address their unique customized learning goals.

Program Description

The ETP program seeks to maximize teaching excellence competencies through guided coaching, customized learning activities, simulated teaching encounters and debriefing, targeted CFD workshops, and curated resources.  All are selected to enhance the teacher’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes so that they may positively impact the learning environment for their learners.  This program is suitable for all health professions faculty who want to intentionally maximize their teaching effectiveness at any stage of their careers.  It acknowledges that needs and competencies may shift and change over the course of a faculty member’s career, which at times may require a more targeted faculty development approach.  This program seeks to create a confidential, supportive, and customized learning environment for faculty members to tackle their development goals as teachers.

Program Structure

The program is a 1-to-1 coaching based program and therefore has flexible enrollment. The program participant is matched with a faculty development coach who will co-create, through a series of initial consultations, a customized faculty development plan.  This plan will be implemented over the course of a 3-6 month period, based on when workshops are available and customized sessions can be arranged around clinical/teaching schedules.  The program is designed to be highly flexible and adaptive to needs, with a curriculum that addresses the unique goals of each participant.


Latika NirulaProgram Lead and CoachSHE / HER

Dr. Latika Nirula, CFD Director, leads the program and is also a coach within the program.  Latika is a trained teacher and highly rated facilitator of faculty development workshops at the CFD.  Latika holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education.  She also led the development of the Excellent Teaching Competencies Model, which forms the foundation and structure of the program, to explore ways to optimize one’s teaching effectiveness.

Ivan SilverCoachHE/HIM

Dr. Ivan Silver has had a career long interest in faculty development particularly the development of our next generation of health professional teachers and supervisors. He is an award winning teacher and medical educator, a Geriatric Psychiatrist at CAMH and a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Ivan was the inaugural director of the Centre for Faculty Development (2002-2009), the Vice-Dean of CPD at the University of Toronto (2005-2011) and the VP of Education at CAMH (2012-2018).He is continuing his scholarship in the areas of feedback, life-long learning and more recently late-career transitioning.

John TeshimaCoachHE/HIM

Dr. John Teshima is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, working on an adolescent inpatient unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is a Clinician-Educator.  He completed his medical school, Psychiatry residency, and a fellowship in medical education at the University of Toronto.  He also completed his Master’s of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. John enjoys teaching at all levels of education, from medical students through to practicing professionals.  He has a strong commitment to faculty development, having been the inaugural Director of Faculty Development for the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry.  He was also the first Canadian to be President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, the leading international organization that focuses on teaching and faculty development in Psychiatry.

CFD Membership

All Enhancing Teacher Performance Program participants will be automatically enrolled as a CFD General Member in the academic year following completion of the program.


Latika Nirula
Program Lead

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: This program is most relevant for individuals who are motivated to improve their teaching practice and effectiveness.  This may be the result of referral to the program, self-assessment, or identified concerns related to teaching performance. This program is suitable at any stage of career and teaching experience.

Format: Virtual

Upcoming Dates: By request – contact Dr. Latika Nirula for more details.

Fees: $6,000* (for 3-6 months customized program)

*Participants are encouraged to consult with their Department Chairs around cost-sharing related to this program.

Certificate: Participants will receive a record attesting to completion of components of program by their faculty development coach.

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"As an academic physician, confronting one’s own teaching performance and opportunities for improvement can be a difficult process. I appreciated how this program and the 1:1 coaching process was sensitive to this, and enabled one of our physicians to pursue their development in a safe and supportive environment. I was really pleased in the positive changes I saw in the physician’s teaching performance and also their increased confidence and self-esteem. I would highly recommend this program to medical leaders in other departments whose faculty need or want to enhance or improve their teaching skills."

Sponsor, Enhanced Teacher Performance Program

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.
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    Participants will have an opportunity to explore the instructional design strategy, productive failure, and how it can support the development of adaptive expertise. We will define productive failure, describe how productive failure has been used in health professions education, and illustrate how participants can use productive failure design approaches in their practice.
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    This workshop will guide participants through the application of the “Principles for Anti-Oppressive Program Development in HPE” guiding principles framework to their own program development needs. This principles framework is for anyone who is involved in the process of designing, developing and/or delivering programs in health professions education. It includes key questions around several decision points in this process, including budgeting, recruitment, format, accessibility, content choices, and more.
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    • Workshop
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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.

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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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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