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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

UPCOMING- IDEAS Office HPE Grand Rounds
Sponsored by the Office of Education and the IDEAS Office 
Relationships and context: Learning in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships 

May 27, 2019- 4:00- 5:00 PM
Location: 1-490 ECHA
Presenter: Dr. Jill Konkin

Please click here to register.

Dr. Konkin is Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Professor, Family Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD). Her current portfolio includes Indigenous, Inner City, Global and Rural & Regional Health and community-engaged research. She served as the first Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (2003-2005) and as the first Associate Dean, Rural & Regional Health at UofA (2005-2010).
She developed and implemented the FoMD’s longitudinal integrated clerkship, a core clerkship placing students in selected rural communities for their entire 3rd year, and the Preclinical Networked Medical Education Program, delivery of a second year course in communities outside Edmonton. She has led the development of the MD Program’s Year 4 clerkship in Grande Prairie which will begin in August 2019. She is a recognized leader in rural medical education both nationally and internationally. She has advocated for rural medicine & rural medical education for her entire career. Her work is informed by social justice and health equity principles.

She practiced as a full-time comprehensive rural generalist family physician for almost 20 years before joining the academy. Her current clinical practice includes a regular week-long rotation in a remote fly-in Alberta community and as a locum for comprehensive family physicians in rural Alberta.

Research interests include social accountability, rural medical education, professional identity formation, interprofessional education and rural health care delivery.

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