Enhanced Skills Program: Education Scholar


Overall Program Vision

The primary purpose of this program is to build education scholarship capacity among comprehensive family medicine graduates. This program will equip family physicians with the knowledge and skills to develop and then lead the faculty in further research and development of best education principles and practices. 

The learner will engage part-time in an academic teaching unit, participate in central DFCM administrative, teaching and scholarly activities, and pursue the requirements of a postgraduate program in education.

Program and Application Eligibility

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Applications will be screened and interviewed for a total of one (1) selected candidate per year.

The successful candidate must meet the admissions committee criteria.

Acceptance conditional on having completed or being accepted to a relevant education master's program. Candidates applying to a master's program for their enhanced skills year will need to apply to programs based at the University of Toronto i.e. MEd, MScCH (HPTE).

Length of Program

One year (52 weeks) – Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The Education Scholar Enhanced Skills Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Leader
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please read the goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

  • Introduction to Education Research (Theory, Methodology and Practice)
  • Mentorship and Leadership in Education
  • Clinical Skills in Family Medicine
  • Teaching Skills
  • Administration in Education
  • Writing and Presentation Skills

See complete rotation details here

Unique Program Requirements

  • Afterhours call as required by clinical placement
  • OES team meetings
  • OES education scholarship offerings including Celebration of Education Scholarship, journal club, consultations, etc.

Program Director(s)

Program Director

 Cynthia Whitehead MD, PhD, CCFP, FCFP                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Assoc Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine                                                                                                                                                                         Director, The Wilson Centre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               416-340-4219                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cynthia.whitehead@utoronto.ca


Associate Program Director 

 Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram PhD, BHSc (Hons)                                                                                                                                                                                                     Asst Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine                                                                                                                                                                                   416-340-3216                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mahan.kulasegaram@utoronto.ca

To Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential graduate supervisors prior to or concurrent with their application. This will help them identify which U of T graduate programs that they may potentially apply to as well as clarify details of potential scholarly projects for the PGY3 year, research supervision, course work and/or other scholarly components of their course of study. Applicants who would like guidance or have questions about finding a supervisor are encouraged to contact the Director or Associate Director as soon as possible.

Our application is closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year starting August 2019.


Read more about the Clinician Scholar Research stream here


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