International Faculty Development Program

The International Faculty Development Program (IFDP) is an intensive academic medical program for international medical faculty offered by the the Office of International Programs, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, at the University of Alberta. 

We are preparing to offer a cohort in the Spring of 2022.  

For details (target audience, purpose, cost) go to: IFDP Online Program Brochure

For an overview of the course content go to:  IFDP Course Content

To apply for the Spring Cohort go to:  IFDP Application Form

If you have questions, please email us at

Fall 2021 Cohort (Applications closed)

Between September and December 2021 we are offering a fall cohort online program on Thursday and Saturday mornings 9:00 am - 11:30 am China time (Note that daylight saving time ends in Alberta on Nov. 7 therefore meeting time will need to be recalculated for your area after this date):

Sept: 23, 25, 30
Oct: 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Nov: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Dec: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23

There will be a one week break the week of October 3 - 9, 2021 to give participants an opportunity to put into practice the skills and content acquired up to that point in the course. There will therefore be no classes on Oct. 7 & 9, 2021.

A closing ceremony will be hosted on Thurs. Dec. 23, 2021 during which all participating candidates will be issued a Certificate of Completion, signed by the Dean and Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. Certificate requirements are outlined in more detail in the IFDP Online Program brochure.

Payment method is through wire transfer CAD to the University of Alberta. See brochure for more details.

In-person training has been suspended until further notice.

The following information pertains to in-person training which will resume when travel restrictions have been lifted.

Through this Program participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and presentations by renowned medical educators, guided visits of the University of Alberta campus, teaching hospitals and simulation labs, meetings with residents and students, and teaching-skills training related to faculty development and medical education in a broad range of fields from general medicine to residency training.

Program Objectives:

  • Providing training and mentoring to international faculty for teaching improvement
  • Guide faculty and administration personnel in the process of program quality certification
  • Share with faculty strategies to engage students in research activities
  • Experience Canadian society and culture

Program Curriculum:

  • Welcome dinner, orientation, and graduation ceremony
  • Presentations and lectures conducted by top level medical educators and clinical doctors
  • Discovery Learning
  • Small group discussion
  • Lab observation
  • Guided visits and observations in hospital(s)

Program Requirements:

  • Be a faculty member, director, or manager in a medical school (or hospital linked to a medical school)
  • Teaching in clinical or medical sciences
  • Have good English comprehension and communication skills
  • Possession of a current Canadian Entry Visa

Program Fees:

The Program fee of CDN $5,000 (one week) & $6,000 (two weeks) includes:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Shared accommodation
  • Medical Insurance
  • All breakfast and lunches, and two dinners
  • Group airport transfer
  • Orientation and farewell events

Optional Social Activities (Rocky Mountain Trip) available for additional fees.