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Stepping Stones

Program Objective

Stepping Stones is our foundational program at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). It provides support to health professionals in their multiple education roles and activities including teaching, education scholarship, advocacy and academic leadership. This introductory level program is aligned with other CFD programming which provides more advanced content in the same areas.

Program Description

Stepping Stones is a two year program consisting of both workshops and a journal club. Program goals are:

  • To promote growth and development of individuals in relation to their educational roles; and,
  • To provide opportunities for educational networking and collaboration across caring and learning environments.

Workshops are offered on a variety of topics related to the roles and activities Stepping Stones supports – teaching, education scholarship, advocacy and academic leadership.  Examples of topics include: clinical teaching, workplace based assessment, learning theories, curriculum development, mentorship, evaluation, equity and wellness. Stepping Stones follows a flexible, adaptive curriculum and participants choose to attend workshops that meet their needs and interests.

Journal club takes place once a month during Year 1 of the program. Journal club facilitates the integration of workshop content, the broader health professions education literature, and participants’ own education practice.

Program Structure

A new cohort of Stepping Stones participants begins every September. After you begin the program, you must complete the following requirements within two academic years.

1. Completion of 9 Workshops

To complete the workshop requirement, you must attend a minimum of 9 workshops within two academic years. Workshops are 3 hours in length, and are offered both in person and over Zoom. A list of Stepping Stones Stepping Stones topics offered during the two year program are listed here. We continually update this list in response to participant needs and environmental shifts. There are no mandatory workshops; participants are able to choose topics that best suit their interests and needs.

Specific workshops are advertised and available for registration on a per term basis: October – December, January – March, April – June. Please click here to see current workshops offered this term.

**Please note:  All workshops in the 2021-2022 academic year will be held virtually.   


2. Completion of Journal Club 

You must complete the journal club requirement in the first year of the program. Journal Club is held virtually and runs monthly from September to June, historically from 530pm-730pm.  You must attend 8 of the 10 sessions and complete 2 assignments in order to complete the Journal Club requirement.

Upon completion of the program requirements, you receive a Stepping Stones certificate issued by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office.

Workshop Faculty

Journal Club Leaders


Lindsay Baker
Program Lead

Sameena Ahmed
Education Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Programs

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: Open to all health professions educators.

Format: Virtual with in-person components (hybrid)

Upcoming Dates: TBD

$1100 (standard)
$900 (faculty discount*)
$500 (fellow/senior trainee discount)

*Includes those with faculty appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto or who are employees of Unity Health Toronto.

Please note: Fee covers both workshop and journal club components. 

Registration Opens: March 1st, 2022

Registration Closes: June 30th, 2022

Register: Click here to register.

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate issued by the University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development Office upon success completion of the program.

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“Stepping Stones is an excellent foundational program that has given me knowledge and skills to thrive in my current role. The workshops offered cover a breadth of topics, many of which I found relevant to my work. Attending the workshops provided me with new knowledge and resources, and encouraged me to reflect on and look for opportunities to shift my thought processes, approaches and activities so that I can excel within my role.”

“I truly enjoyed the Stepping Stones program! Not only the great diversity of topics, from clinically applicable teaching examples to simulation, theory of education and different research areas, but also the organization, enthusiasm and well-preparedness of the presenters and staff, the interactive workshops and meeting people with similar interests. I also benefitted from the Journal Clubs, where I built some friendships with people from very different fields. As a result of the Program, I have managed to come up with some new ideas and have published two education-related papers since. Thank you!”

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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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