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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 eLearning 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 an anti-oppression 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.

Accreditation Details

The 2023-2024 Teaching & Learning in the Clinical Context program has been accredited for up to:

  • 6 College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+ credits (Group Learning)
  • 9.5 College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+ credits (Self-Learning)
  • 15.5 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1 hours

Review complete accreditation details.

Program Team

Beck McNeilEducation Development Lead, Inclusion and Access, CFDHE / HIM

Beck previously worked at St. Mike’s in both Leadership & Organizational Development and the Education Portfolio, with a focus in education and advocacy on topics of inclusion, collaborative leadership, and interprofessional collaboration for staff, students and patients. As a trans man, he gender transitioned professionally while in the Education portfolio, finding both personal support and also very interesting critical lenses on how discourses of “disadvantage”, power, equity, and allyship can play out in the health care system and health professions education. Since he left Unity Health, he served as Director of Organizational Development at The 519 Church Street Community (2SLGBTQ+) Centre, and as the lead for the City of Toronto’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) learning program for staff.

He has planned and led several educational events for Faculty Development Day and CFD programming, and graduated from the 2016-18 ESP cohort. He has a passion for engaging people in discussions of systemic injustice, and is dedicated to working towards impactful learning at all levels that invites people to see the structures that marginalize people and a to find and authentic path towards confronting those structures discomfort.

Laura HayosEducation Development Lead, Clinical Teaching and Operations, CFD
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of TorontoSHE / HER

Laura is the Education Development Lead for Clinical Teaching and Operations and the Program Lead for the CFD’s Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (TLC) program. Laura has over a decade of experience working in healthcare as a licensed occupational therapist in both clinical and education roles, in remote Northern communities in Ontario and Nunavut as well as urban hospitals in Ontario. She integrates her knowledge and experience as a clinician and educator into her work at the CFD. Laura has been the recipient of local teaching awards for clinical preceptorship as well as curriculum design. She is an adjunct lecturer in the MScOT program at the University of Toronto and holds both a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree and Master of Education (Health Professions Education) degree.

Judy PararajasinghamNursing Education Manager, Professional Practice, St. Michael’s Hospital
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of TorontoSHE / HER

Judy Pararajasingham is the Nursing Education Manager in Interprofessional Practice and Education at St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. Judy is a registered nurse and has previous experience in a variety of clinical, education and leadership roles.

Judy completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western University and went on to complete a Master of Nursing, Health Systems Leadership and Administration at the University of Toronto. Judy holds an Adjunct Lecturer appointment at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She also holds Canadian Nurses’ Association certification in neuroscience nursing.

Judy leverages her strong foundation of clinical practice, interprofessional education leadership, as well as an understanding of the breadth of clinical environments, roles and workflows, to deliver education for health professions learners in various settings through an approachable teaching style.

Mariangela PalumboEducation Coordinator, Technology Integration and Programs, CFDSHE / HER

Mariangela coordinates the Education Scholars Program (ESP) and the Teaching & Learning in the Clinical Context Program (TLC). Her role involves supporting the incorporation of technology into these programs and ensuring a seamless journey for participants throughout their blended-learning experience. Mariangela holds a Bachelor in Science and a Master’s degree in Food Safety and Nutritional Quality.

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

Mariangela Palumbo
Education Coordinator, Technology Integration and Programs

Registration Details

Level: Foundational

Who should register: Open to supervisors/preceptors from all health disciplines who are interested in learning about core concepts in clinical teaching.

Location: Virtual

Program Length: 12 weeks

Cohort Size: 25-40 participants

Upcoming Dates: New cohort starts Spring 2024.

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

Registration Closes: February 28, 2024

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
    • loc_virtual
    Start 12:00 pm EST
    End 01:00 pm EST
    Delivery Online
  • CFD13-%20CFDLogo_SubBranding__Workshop_Card_Blank.png
    This workshop will explore and unpack common barriers and insecurities in taking on a more active role of allyship. Participants will complete a structured critical process that culminates in specific strategies for recognizing opportunities for allyship, and practicing and debriefing what to say and//or do.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    • loc_virtual
    Start 01:00 pm EST
    End 04:00 pm EST
    Delivery Online
  • CFD13-%20CFDLogo_SubBranding__Workshop_Card_Blank.png
    The workshop describes elements of effective mentoring relationships and some of the skills that are required to establish and maintain mentoring relationships. Participants review their role in the promotion of mentoring 'culture' in their organization.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    • loc_In person
    Start 09:00 am EDT
    End 12:00 pm EDT


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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