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Enhancing Teacher

Program Overview

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.

Program Team

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.  She also has a certificate in Brief Coaching from OISE/UT, which has informed her practice in solution-focused coaching. 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.

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Carrie MildnerProgram CoordinatorSHE/HER

Carrie coordinates and supports the processes, daily activities, special projects and events at the Centre for Faculty Development. She brings decades of experience in both health care and education settings, including CAMH, Sunnybrook and St. Michaels General Surgery. Her administrative acuity has grown from a diversity of experiences across sectors, providing exemplary customer service and support. She was the Canadian Director of Operations for Tui Travel PCL and spend many years in the travel industry seeing and working around the world. In addition, Carrie worked for the Canadian Military in Afghanistan and proudly received a medal of service from The Right Honourable Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

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

Caroline Zavitz
Program Coordinator

Registration Details

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.

Location: Online

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

Fees: $6,000* for 3-6 months customized program
Please note our tuition rate is increasing to $6,900 effective July 2024

*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.

Share this Program


"The program is both well organized and comprehensive, with excellent coaches who will mentor you. I gained great insights on how to be a more effective teacher. As the course progressed, I started applying some of the principles I had learned, and it was gratifying to see the positive results that occurred based on the feedback I received. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone involved in clinical teaching who has never taken a similar program in the past."

Participant, Enhanced Teacher Performance Program

"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."

Participant, 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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    This workshop is focused on the alignment between curriculum, instructional practice, and subsequent assessment. We look at current theory on how assessment practices can shape and enhance learning and work on practical exercise to apply this knowledge to individual assessment practice.
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    Our learning environments can include the classroom, the bedside, the busy hallway, the Zoom room, the learning portal, and the list goes on. How do we establish these “spaces” to optimize the potential for learning? What choices can we make as educators that increase psychological safety in any learning environment?
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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.

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.

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


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