Thank you for attending this year’s Annual Retreat. So many wonderful things happen when we come together as a Department! In taking over as Director of Faculty Development from the very talented Dr Deidre Young, I found I have big shoes to fill! Luckily, I work with an amazing administrative team who worked calmly behind the scenes for many months to attend to a thousand details and challenges. This team has worked hard to support our presenters, to enroll participants, and to generally create a fun, engaging and relevant experience for faculty participants. A special note of thanks goes to Asiya Rolston, Louise Weir, Emma Dickinson, Cynthia Mar and the DFM Senior Leadership Team (led by Dr. Dianne Delva), who made this event a reality.
Thank you also to the Faculty Development Advisory Group (Dr. Douglas Archibald, Dr. Christine Rivet, Dr. Terry Brennan, Dr. Alan Ng, Dr. Madeleine Montpetit, Dr. Gary Viner, Dr. Alison Eyre, Dr. Sharon Johnston, Dr. Margaret Gluszynski, Dr. Ed Seale and Dr. Parisa Rezaiefar) for their sage advice on how best to support and engage our Department’s faculty.
Thank you also to our talented presenters who represent many different voices and points of view. You have developed and shared materials and insights, and led sessions designed to boost faculty knowledge, skills, confidence and commitment. Thank you for helping us to build a strong and broad community of medical educators!
You will note in the Workshops section that we have identified many sessions as pre-approved for Teaching Skills Attainment Awards (TSAA) credits. The TSAAs recognize members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa who have shown commitment to the development of their teaching skills through faculty development. Our faculty development team is keen to see DFM members qualify for these awards
These are exciting times to be involved with faculty development! In the coming months our team will launch many initiatives including:
- A new online “Faculty Development Connect” webinar series.
- “Faculty Development Half Days” at our new teaching space at the Peter Morand campus (save the date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in the morning, and Friday, March 9, 2018 in the afternoon)
- “Blended learning” to allow faculty flexibility and access to digital materials
- New and enhanced “Essential Teaching Skills” sessions
- Awards for Faculty who help promote the growth and development of other faculty members
If you (or someone you know) have advice on our faculty development program or future retreats do not hesitate to contact us.
Thanks for being part of our Annual Department Retreat!
Dr. Eric Wooltorton