Medical Education Programs


The Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) are offering a Fellowship in Medical Education/Simulation. The overall aim of this fellowship is to initiate the process of preparing the candidate for an academic career as a clinician educator.

Current application deadline for International and Canadian applicants:

September 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm for July 1, 2020 start. 

Second application deadline for Canadian applicants ONLY (please note Canadian applicants are encouraged to apply in September as availability for the second deadline is not guaranteed)

March 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm.  

Foundational Elements of Applied Simulation Theory

The Foundational Elements of Applied Simulation Theory (FEAST)

The Foundational Elements of Applied Simulation Theory (FEAST) curriculum is a special series of small group sessions developed by the Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC). The program aims to foster a solid grounding in the theory and practice of simulation via interactive teaching on simulation in education, research in simulation and effective simulation instruction and design.  

Enrolment is limited to those applicants who have been accepted into an existing Fellowship (with a substantial time commitment to simulation) for the upcoming academic year. FEAST sessions (with limited exceptions) will be held on Wednesdays between 8:30am - 12:00pm and the course will run from July 2019 to June 2020. As there are occasional guest speakers, there will be a limited number of sessions occurring Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm or Tuesday morning from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. These exceptions will be sent out as far in advance as possible. Please note that the expectation is that scholars will be required to attend all of the sessions and therefore will need protected time to do so. 

In addition, the applicant’s Fellowship Director must discuss this application with the FEAST Director before approval is granted.

FEAST Director: Dr. Purnima Rao, 

Tuition Fee 2019-2020

If you are affiliated with a department that is financially supporting the Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) Research Support Unit (RSU), then there is no fee for your participation.  If your department does not support DIME RSU, a $5000 tuition must be paid for your participation. If you are unsure whether your department supports the DIME RSU, please contact Dr Susan Humphrey-Murto ( for more information. If you are accepted, s 50% deposit ($2500) is dude by April 16, 2019 to ensure your spot in the program with the remainder of the tuition due by June 6, 2019

For more information and to receive an application form, please contact  

The deadline for applications is April 2, 2019 and we ask that all application material be sent by email in one single PDF file.

FEAST is eligible for education credits from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Healthcare Education Scholars Program

Admission deadline for 2019-2020: April 2, 2019

This program is only offered in English

Healthcare Education Scholars Program (HESP) Preamble

The overall goal of the Healthcare Education Scholars Program is to enhance the knowledge of educators and to foster a sense of academic scholarship in health professions education. We provide theoretical scaffolding to those activities that our clinician educators take part in on a daily basis, as well as promote a deeper understanding of how these activities relate to our goal of producing more effective healthcare providers. We aim to inspire innovation and scholarship among the participants, as well as develop a local community of scholars who can support each other, and ultimately provide leadership for the next generation of clinician educators.


The approach is to introduce the participating clinician educators to a broad overview of the field of health professions education. Each weekly session will consist of 3.5 hours of planned activity, beginning typically with a didactic introduction or workshop (based on assigned homework reading), followed by group discussion or small group work (to promote active learning), and ending with a reflective component (labeled an “educational autopsy”). This latter activity has been found to be very powerful in promoting subsequent retention and application of concepts.


Principles of Education and Learning

Scholars will be introduced to major concepts in the field and form a basis for future sessions. Topics covered will include principles of adult learning, the nature of expertise and transfer of learning.

Educational Assessment and Evaluation

These sessions will cover psychometrics, including the theory of test construction, as well as principles of individual learner assessment and program evaluation. Topics will include reliability and validity, item writing, competency assessment as well as program evaluation. 

Teaching Methods

These sessions will introduce scholars to effective techniques and resources available for improving teaching in the clinic, on the ward and in the lecture hall. Topics include giving effective feedback and simulation in medical education. 

Educational Research Methodology

Scholars will be introduced to basic methodology in educational research with applications and examples taken from health care education. Topics include survey research and questionnaire design, research design, publishing and funding in health care education, qualitative methods and the ethics review process. 

Professional and Leadership Development

These sessions introduce scholars to leadership skills, issues and opportunities in the academic health care setting. Topics include organizational change and strategies for capitalizing on educational leadership opportunities. 


The program consists of approximately 29 - 3.5 hour sessions, on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., running from September to May at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC). (Total contact time, 101.5 hours.)

To successfully complete the course, scholars are required to attend at least 75% of the sessions, obtain their TCPS2 certificate, and present a research/innovation/teaching proposal that demonstrates application of the topics from the course.


** PLEASE NOTE: DIME is no longer accepting applications, as our program is currently to capacity **

Note: If you are affiliated with a department that supports DIME’s research support unit financially, there is no tuition fee.  If your department does not provide support this unit then a tuition fee must be paid to DIME for your participation (for more information, please contact Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto at HESP Tuition: $5000. Fifty percent of this tuition fee is due on or before May 31, 2019 to secure your spot in the program. 

If you know of anyone in your Department or Division who may be interested in the Healthcare Education Scholars Program or if you have further questions, please contact Scott Rauscher for the application form and a course brochure ( or 562-5800 ext. 7956).


Health Professions Education

Graduate Degree Programs in Health Professions Education

The Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME), in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, offers programs in Health Professions Education at three levels: 

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Masters, MEd or MA(Ed)
  • PhD

For details, see the Health Professions Education page on the Faculty of Education website

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