Faculty Development

Thank you for your commitment to advancing medical education across the BC Interior. Within this section, you will find various teaching resources to support your faculty development needs. We welcome your feedback as we strive to support our clinical faculty from across our distributed education sites.

For more information, contact Dr. Cara Wall, Director, Faculty Development or cara.wall@ubc.ca or Jessica Russo, Faculty Development Coordinator at jessica.russo@interiorhealth.ca.

2021/2022 SMP Teacher Certificate Program

The SMP Teacher Certificate Program is designed for physicians teaching medical students or residents in clinical or didactic environments. It includes five workshops focused on improving teaching skills and creating an optimal learning environment for teachers and learners.

MOC Section 1 / MainPro+ credits available for each session. Participants who complete all five sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

All sessions will be hosted virtually via Zoom and recorded. To register for the series or individual lectures, please contact Jessica.Russo@interiorhealth.ca.

October 27, 2021 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Active Learning
Presenters: Dr. Cara Wall, Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Family Practice, Dr. Andy Kluftinger, Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Surgery, Dr. Allan Jones, Professor, UBC Department of Medicine


  • Facilitate active learning appropriate to the learner’s stage.
  • Explain current concepts underpinning active learning.
  • Target teaching to the level of the learner.
  • Use effective questioning to elicit clinical reasoning and/or decision making.

December 1, 2021 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Learning relationships
Presenter: Dr. Marjorie Docherty, SMP Year 1 and 2 Family Practice Lead, Clinical Professor, UBC Department of Family Practice


  • Optimize learner and teacher relationship, and support learners in difficulty.
  • Integrate learner’s educational history and goals in the educational plan.
  • Describe characteristics of healthy relationships (UBC professional standards) and boundaries.
  • Recognize (mis)treatment and its impact.
  • Recognize a student in difficulty.
  • Adequately utilize resources for student support.

January 12, 2022 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Learning Context
Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, Clinical Professor and Head, Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine


  • Effectively teach in the format best aligned with teaching goals.
  • Use strategies to maximize the learning opportunities specific to the context (practice-based, classroom-based, self-directed learning).
  • Match content and responsibility to the level of the learner.

February 23, 2022 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Assessment
Presenter: Dr. Vincent Arockiasamy, Director of Assessment, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Pediatrics.


  • Provide direct observation and assessment.
  • Discuss the continuum of stakes in programmatic assessment.
  • Discuss principles of programmatic assessment.
  • Compare and contrast tools used to support rater-based assessments.
  • Discuss role of direct observation in assessment.

April 6, 2022 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Feedback and Reflection
Presenter: Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics


  • Advance learners through feedback and reflection.
  • Establish conditions for effective feedback and reflection.
  • Discuss principles and tools to facilitate feedback conversations.

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to creating a learning and work environment conducive to optimal education, research, and clinical care. We encourage all faculty and staff to:

  1. Visit UBC Mistreatment Help to familiarize yourself with the resources available and applicable policies.
  2. Visit the MD Students: Reporting to review with the student the MD specific definitions of Mistreatment and Learning Environment Concerns, the reporting process and supportive resources.
  3. Encourage the student to Report Online. Do not report online on behalf of the student.
  4. If the student is reporting sexual assault or violence, please assist the student in accessing the Vancouver Sexual Violence and Prevention Office (for VFMP, IMP and NMP students) or the Okanagan Sexual Violence and Prevention Office (SMP students).
  5. Refer to UBC Faculty of Medicine Professionalism Standards for more information.

The Building Safe and Supportive Learning Environments module introduces faculty to student mistreatment policies and reporting process as well as provides resources for faculty.

Faculty of Medicine

Explore the Faculty of Medicine’s extensive library of video and presentations to support your teaching needs.

SMP Faculty Support – Tools for Teaching Virtual Learners (Download)