Teaching Residents to Teach Program (TRT)

The Teaching Residents to Teach Program (TRT) was established by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2002. 

This program helps PGY1 residents acquire the skills and confidence needed  for office-based teaching, clinical skills teaching and seminar teaching. They will practice teaching medical students under faculty supervision in a co-teaching role. Residents will also learn how to work with small groups, provide feedback and be effective mentors and role models.

Goals of the Program

  • To identify residents who wish to pursue a career in academic family medicine
  • To provide residents with teaching skills appropriate for supervision of medical students in a variety of settings
  • To increase student exposure to family medicine residents
  • To improve the faculty development skills of current teachers

Teaching Opportunities

Residents are strongly encouraged to engage in clerk teaching throughout their residency. Here are some exciting teaching opportunities that are available to our residents:

Pre-Clerkship & Foundations Teaching

  • Art of Science of Clinical Medicine (ASCM)
  • Determinants of Community Health (DOCH)
  • IgFM Clinical Skills Conference
  • Family Medicine Observership Week
  • Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE)

Clerkship Teaching

  • Clinical Teaching
  • Hospital-based Seminars
  • DFCM-based Seminars
  • Family Violence Seminars

Evaluation

 A TRT course completion certificate will be provided to those who fulfill the course requirements:

  • Attend at least 3 of the 4 dates listed, including the first session which is mandatory.
  • Active participation in the workshops.
  • Active participation in the teaching component
  • Completion of a written reflective exercise at the end of the course. 

Additionally, residents must be in good academic standing throughout the year. If the resident is faced with academic difficulty, a meeting with the faculty may be requested and the participant may be asked to withdraw from the program.

The Teaching Residents to Teach Program provides an excellent platform for encouraging and nurturing our residents to aspire to higher medical education goals.

A large number of our program graduates are actively involved in academic careers supporting learners at the pre-clerkship, clerkship and residency program levels. Some of the graduates have established themselves as academic leaders in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, undertaking roles in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs as site directors and as a program director for the academic fellowship and graduate studies programs. 

Our outstanding graduates have also won prestigious teaching and leadership awards from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, as well as the College of Family Physicians of Canada. For more information about this program, please write to: familymed.undergrad@utoronto.ca

Course Schedule

TRT residents are expected to attend four half-day sessions during their PGY-1 year.  Each module provided has both didactic and experiential components.  This provides residents an understanding of how they can translate the theoretical knowledge into teaching scenarios. Below are the dates for the 2016-2017 TRT program:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

  • Module 1: Essential Skills
  • Module 2: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Module 3: Teaching Clinical Skills (Arts & Science in Clinical Medicine course)
  • Location: 500 University Ave
  • Time: 8:30am – 2:15pm

Tuesday, January 10 OR Tuesday, January 24, 2017

(TRT residents can attend either session)

  • Module 4: Effective Small Group Facilitation Strategies using Standardized Patient and Role Playing
  • Location: 500 University Ave
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • Module 5: Clinical Supervision and Feedback in the Office Setting
  • Module 6: Small Group Exercises on Teaching Scenarios
  • Location: 500 University Ave
  • Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Tuesday, May  16, 23, or 30, 2017 (TBC)

  • Module 7: Presentation Skills
  • Module 8: Small Groups Teaching
  • Location: 500 University Ave
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
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