IDEAS Office - Innovation Discovery Education And Scholarship


Many faculty members and residents love to teach. For these members of the medical education community, teaching and medical education scholarship are central to their careers; however, they often feel that they did not receive sufficient training during medical school and residency to prepare them to develop innovative curricula or to study it when they do. The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s IDEAS’s Office offers a unique opportunity through the Teaching Scholars Program International (TSP-I) to train faculty members and residents in medical education scholarship and curriculum development and humanistic teaching.

There are a number of opportunities for faculty members to learn about medical education scholarship, such as the Association of American Medical College’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC). In these three-hour workshops, participants learn the basics of medical education scholarship; however, these courses are not offered internationally – only in the United States at various conferences. The Harvard Macy program is a very well-known and respected program, but again it requires travel to the United States and is quite expensive. There are masters in medical education at numerous schools around the globe. These are an excellent place for training; however, they usually require a two-year time commitment and often require some in-person courses.

The Teaching Scholars Program – International provides world class training by highly experienced faculty members at a competitive price without the added expense of travel to North America. The program has flexibility built into the program so participants can finish the program in one year or over two to three years. Dr. Carol Hodgson (CV), the Director of the Program and the director or co-director of most of the TSP-I courses has more than 25 years of experience in faculty development at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Colorado, Denver, and the University of Alberta. She has put together a team of content experts to teach in the TSP-I courses. The TSP-International program is an exciting new opportunity for interested universities around the world. We hope that you will be interested in the Program; we’re here to answer any questions you have about you or your faculty members or residents participating in the program.