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Teaching & Learning
in the Clinical Context

Program Objective

The Centre for Faculty Development’s Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (TLC) program is designed for supervisors/preceptors from all health disciplines to develop the foundational knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach learners in various clinical contexts.

Program Description

Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (TLC) is a 12-week virtual program with both self-paced, self-directed e-learning modules as well as facilitated group learning sessions.

The goals of the program are for participants to:

  • Develop the foundational knowledge and skills needed to teach in the clinical context
  • Recognize how to be adaptive clinical teachers, responsive to unique contextual and learner needs.

The program is practical and evidence-informed, enabling clinicians to successfully teach and prepare our learners for the current and future health care climate.

Topics Covered in the Modules Include (but are not limited to):

  • Identity as a clinical teacher
  • The teaching and learning environment
  • Power and the teacher-learner partnership
  • Critical reflection
  • Identifying learner needs and setting objectives
  • Educational approaches
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • The learner in difficulty
  • Learner mistreatment

The curriculum renewal as well as the future delivery of the program are underpinned by a health equity lens. The program is also anchored by the locally developed Faculty Developer Competence Model.

Program Structure

The TLC program is an interactive, module-based longitudinal program.

To meet the diverse scheduling needs of our interprofessional participants, and to create greater access to individuals located outside of downtown Toronto, the redesigned curriculum is virtual. The virtual delivery also provides greater flexibility for busy clinicians to access the course content at a time that is most convenient for their schedules.

The program is completed over the course of 12 weeks. Participants will complete all of the modules in a set order as the content in each module will build on one another.  The cohort-based model creates opportunities for connection and learning between clinician teachers throughout the program.

The synchronous session dates for each cohort are listed in each cohort event page. You can review these prior to registering for a cohort to ensure your availability. View our Upcoming Events Program Page for to see the latest TLC cohort details.

Additional Information

  • Note that the TLC program is now only being offered centrally by the CFD. Previous TLC facilitators and/or organizations who previously ran the TLC program at their site can contact with any questions.
  • If you have taken the TLC program before, you are welcome to take the program again (previous content has been updated and new content has been added). However, you are also encouraged to explore our stand-alone workshops or other CFD programs as alternative options to continue your faculty development journey.

CFD Membership

All TLC 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.


Laura Hayos
Program Lead

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: Current and/or aspiring clinical teachers who want to develop or refresh their clinical teaching knowledge and skills. This is a foundational level program.

Format: Virtual (blended model of self-paced, self-directed e-learning modules and facilitated group learning)

Upcoming Dates: The first cohort will begin September 14, 2023

Non-member rate – $615
Member rate – $510
Student/Fellow/Senior Trainee rate – $280

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

Certificate: Participants will receive a Certificate upon successful completion of the program.

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The Centre for Faculty Development would like to thank and acknowledge the contributions of the TLC Working Group to the TLC curriculum renewal:

Alice Kam

John Teshima

Robyn Davies

Dean Lising

Judy Pararajasingham

Tracy Paulenko

Elizabeth Poon

Lee Rosen

Jill Krupa

Meredith Smith

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
    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.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 12:00 pm EDT
    Location Online
  • CFD13-%20CFDLogo_SubBranding__Workshop_Card_Blank.png
    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.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 12:00 pm EDT
    Location Online


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.

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