International Faculty Development Program

International Faculty Development Program


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

This online International Faculty Development Program offers a combination of synchronous sessions (lectures and facilitated small groups) and asynchronous (pre-reading and reflective) activities from faculty experts from the world-renowned University of Alberta. Over 50 hours of direct online time with professors is provided, many of whom have received national and international teaching awards. The program showcases our medical school curriculum and focuses on how we train our faculty to:

  • teach clinical skills
  • design and facilitate problem-based learning
  • deliver engaging lectures
  • provide quality feedback and assessment

The overarching goal of this program is to train faculty to be better teachers by:

  • providing and sharing teaching resources
  • discussing methods of teaching, learning, and assessment
  • modeling good teaching practices, including reflective practice, self assessment, and peer evaluation.
  • identifying trends in medical education
  • providing an overview of the Canadian Medical Education system and associated processes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe teaching strategies used by the medical school at the University of Alberta and reflect on how it applies to your teaching assignments.
  • describe methods that you can use to provide constructive feedback and reflect on how it applies to your interaction with your learners.
  • describe methods of teaching evaluation and reflect on how this applies to your teaching.

This program will be of special interest to those who teach medical students as they will gain valuable skills for classroom and clinical teaching. The program also helps build connections within and between institutions and creates enthusiasm for teaching and faculty development.  Learn more details below by clicking on the green Program Brochure and Course Content tabs.  To apply, click on the Spring Cohort Application tab below.

We are preparing to offer a cohort in the Fall of 2022 on the following dates from  (dates are listed in Beijing Time):

Sept: 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Oct: 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Nov: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Dec: 2, 7, 9

There will be no sessions the week of October 1 - 8, 2022 due to the holiday in China. The course takes place between 9 am and 11 am Beijing time on the above dates but this time changes to 10 am to 12 pm Beijing time when Alberta sets their clocks back 1 hour on November 6, 2022.

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Some endorsements from the Fall 2021 Cohort:

"Thank you to University of Alberta's professors for their hard work. Thank you for the warm company of these four months.  I have gained friendship while learning knowledge. Thank you again, Merry Christmas, and good wishes!" Yingping Zhu, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University 

"Thank you for your hard work to provide this session for our faculty members. I believe our three doctors have learned a lot from your team. Hope the program will be better and better. The best new year wishes to you and Dr. Mia Lang". Chen Xing, Director of International, International Cooperation Office, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

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.

Updated January 6, 2022

For questions about the International Faculty Development Program please contact:

Dr. Xin-Min Li
Associate Dean, International Relations
Office of International Programs
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry