Teaching Skills Attainment Award with Distinction - Level 3

The Teaching Skills Attainment Award (TSAA) with Distinction provides recognition to those members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa who have shown a continuing commitment to the development of their teaching skills through participation in formal faculty development.

Requirements for the Teaching Skills Attainment Award with Distinction

  • Have accumulated 130 hours of formal Faculty Development Training designed to enhance teaching skills and
  • Have presented an education workshop at a national or other recognized high-level medical education meeting and
  • Have presented an educational innovation or medical education research findings at a national or other recognized high-level medical education meeting during a platform session or have published an original article in a peer reviewed journal (as 1st or 2nd author) on an education related topic

What you’ll need to submit for a single workshop:

  • Title of program
  • Objectives of program
  • Certificate of attendance:
    • Date
    • # of credit hours (does not include breaks or meals)

What you’ll need for a multiple workshop event (full day, half day, ICRE, etc.):

  • Name of meeting
  • Title of applicable program
  • Copy of program including objectives and agenda (Highlighting the individuals workshops you are claiming)
  • Proof of attendance:
    • Date
    • # of credit hours (does not include breaks or meals)
    • Signed by Facilitator or Director

What you’ll need for the workshops or presentation you have given:

  • Program or agenda
  • Includes your name:
    • Date
    • Start and end time of talk (or poster)
    • Objectives
    • Poster session (You’ll need to submit copies of abstracts from your podium/poster)

What you’ll need if you have published an article:

  • Copy of original article:
    • Name
    • Date
    • Reference

Eligible programs

Many Office of CPD events are pre-approved as eligible for TSAA credits. Only a certificate of attendance is required for these.

To be eligible, teaching skills programs must meet the following criteria:

  • attendance within the past 10 years
  • workshops / sessions must be approved for Mainpro+ credits by the Canadian College of Family Physicians and / or Section 1 or Section 3 credits by Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • offered by groups such as, but not restricted to:
    • The Office of CPD
    • Canadian Association for Medical Education
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada (in particular its Section of Teachers)
    • Specialty organizations (must be directly related to teaching skills)
    • Other accredited learning events

The TSAA only recognizes training designed to enhance your teaching skills. Career development, skills enhancement, leadership and other professional development skills will not be taken into account for this award.

The HESP (Health Education Scholars Program) will count for 28h of TSAA credits for those who completed the program.

Please see FAQs for further details.

Please note that the following programs are not eligible:

  • programs designed to maintain clinical competence (medical expert)
  • other general professional development programs (included those related to research skills development)
  • programs taken as part of requirements for another program (e.g. a formal teaching program, a certificate or Master’s degree in medical education)

The OCPD will assess each individual submission on a case by case basis. The TSAA Committee will make the final decision as to whether or not the submission is accepted.

Application Process

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Include all proof of attendance for each workshops/ session(s) you are attending
  3. Program brochure indicating which session(s) you are claiming with titles, objectives and agendas

Repeat attendance at the same or similar workshop is permitted.

To submit your TSAA application package, please complete and submit the online form.

For further information, please contact the Faculty Development Program at:

facdev@uottawa.ca or 613-798-5555 x. 10622

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