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New TSP 2018-2019 Course Schedule
New FoMD non-credit certificate: TSP Health Professions Educational Research Certificate 

Save the Date!

Please join us for the inaugural
IDEAS Office – Health Professions Education Scholarship Day
December 5, 2019 at the Royal Glenora Conference Centre
Deadline for oral presentation and poster abstracts September 16, 2019
More information to come


Upcoming Events


Sponsored by the IDEAS Office

Neither here nor there: Thinking critically about technology and distributed medical education

June 11, 2019- 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: 2-590 ECHA

Presenter: Dr. Anna MacLeod, Dalhousie University.
Overview: The presentation will share insights from a three year ethnographic program of research investigating the complexities of teaching with technology in distributed medical education programs.


1) Describe a program of research exploring technologies and distributed medical education.

2) Consider theoretical perspectives for studying distributed medical education.

3) Discuss practical implications for distributed medical education.

Please click here to register

Biography: Anna MacLeod is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. A Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, she is known for her innovative approaches to exploring medical education. Her insights are sought by colleagues nationally and internationally, demonstrated by her visiting scholar appointments and speaking engagements. MacLeod's award-winning contributions are enriching the discourse of medical education, incorporating critical social science perspectives and broadening theory, while making a significant practical contribution to the design and delivery of medical education locally, nationally and around the world.

Global Institute for Simulation Training Webinar Series

Presented by: Dr. Scott B. Crawford, & Dr. Stormy Monks
Simulation programs around the world work diligently to provide high quality education. These activities are both guided and supported by standards and excellence can be demonstrated through accreditation. This webinar will describe the different groups that have worked to outline and define simulation best practices and the methods of verifying and documenting performance in these areas. In addition to the seven core standards of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) accreditation, this webinar will review the important pieces of information and data that will support your center in its educational and operational function with or without accreditation.

Wednesday, June 5 12:00 pm
ECHA 2-590 

Click here to register for this FREE webinar!

New Fellowship Announced for Medical Education Research

Unique opportunity to collaborate sponsored by NBME

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is proud to announce a unique research opportunity for medical school faculty who wish to develop their skills in medical education assessment research.

The Strategic Educator Enhancement Fund (SEEF) Medical Education Research Fellowship Selection Committee, sponsored by NBME, is now accepting letters of intent for a specially designed cohort of eight participants. The cohort will bring together like-minded participants with mentors and subject matter experts to develop a research protocol and research program for one or both of the following topics:

assessment of clinical reasoning/critical thinking and/or
diversity/bias and disparities in assessment.
The new SEEF Medical Education Research Fellowship holds many benefits for the medical education community including the creation of new assessments that can be used in the continuum of physician learning. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity to US medical school faculty who:

Are interested in developing skills in medical education assessment research
Have a commitment to working with a team of interested colleagues
Are interested in assessment-focused scholarship about innovative approaches that will enhance the assessment of individuals across the continuum of medical education and in active independent practices
To learn more about the Fellowship, view our online program information here.


What's New

2018-2019 Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) Course Offerings

The new Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) course offerings for 2018-2019 are now available. Please contact the IDEAS Office for more information ( on registration, requirements and pre-requisites. 
The Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) is a series of nine courses aimed primarily at clinicians in health professions education (HPE). The courses provide "scholars" a knowledge base and skill set in educational theory, curriculum development, evaluation, and educational research. The goals of TSP are to: (1) develop educational leaders and scholars; (2) complete mentored projects; and (3) participate in a community of HPE scholars.
Note: All TSP courses can be audited for free. There is a fee for participating in a TSP certificate program.

New FoMD Non-credit Certificate: Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) Health Professions Educational Research

The TSP Health Professions Educational Research Certificate will be offered after the completion of three TSP courses: TSP 001 (required) and two of the following: TSP 005, TSP 006, or TSP 009. Participants are required to register for the certificate program. Once registered, they can enroll in courses. For registrants, there will be a non-refundable fee for each course. Courses can be audited for free, but if the participant wishes to later apply for the certificate based on completion of the courses, they will have to pay a one-time fee for the certificate and pay for any course beyond three. If someone has already completed the TSP 001 course or has a master's degree in medical or health sciences education, they can apply that to the certificate requirement and will be only required to complete two of the research courses. If you have any questions regarding costs please contact