Education Practicum



To provide experience in the role of a clinical teacher and educator in a variety of settings, e.g., clinical education committees, clinical teachers meetings, large lecture and small group teaching, seminar presentations, one-to-one clinical training, and continuing professional education. Students submit evidence of their work in the form of an ePortfolio once they have completed their teaching hours. 

Practicum Expectations

Participants are expected to complete 160 hours of fieldwork practicum teaching directly in medical education activities. Students taught may be at the undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing education level in any health profession. Ideally there will be a variety of new activities.

Participants must attend regular monthly meetings (approx. 10) over the duration of the practicum with either:

  • Their peers at the monthly education practicum meeting, or
  • A field supervisor who will provide feedback and help guide practicum (as approved by Program Director)
    Field Supervisors are often faculty who are previous graduates from the DFCM Master’s degree programs willing to volunteer to work with current students.

ePortfolio Requirements

The final ePortfolio submission should include a 500 word reflection on each of the items below plus a final 500-1000 word formal reflection of the overall practicum experience, personal teaching philosophy and plans for further development. Appendices documentation to support each of the items below should also be included in the ePortfolio.

  • Learning Contract for planned practicum fieldwork (as per Malcolm Knowles). Submit to Program Director by the end of the first term for feedback
  • Teaching Journal: regular recording of clinical education activities. 40 half-days (160 hours ) total
  • Two Audiovisual Recordings of teaching (one representing “early” teaching style, one representing “later” teaching style). Reviewed by self and learning partner.
  • Feedback on Teaching: collected from appropriate students in a variety of teaching situations

Other Documentation of Outcomes or “Products”

Eligible Teaching Activities

Here is a list of possible educational activities you might consider for inclusion in your practicum. Remember that the practicum can be an opportunity to seek out new educational activities you don't usually participate in and a chance to build your network with other educators.

  • Interviewing and clinical skills
  • Small groups, seminars, lectures
  • Office and hospital based teaching
  • Exams: OSCE, written, etc...
  • Resident Preceptorship, supervisor
  • Research or QI project supervision
  • Formal teaching: seminars, academic half day, morning report
  • Interviewing Residency candidates
  • Practice exams
  • Formal exams and question writing
  • Hospital Undergrad / Postgrad Coordinator
  • Hospital Education Committees
  • Undergraduate / Postgraduate Program Director
  • Departmental Education Committees
  • Faculty Education Committees
  • National or International Education Committees
  • Task Forces
  • Manuals
  • Course Objectives
  • Video and electronic objects
  • Instructional Innovations
  • Textbooks Written
(include in your portfolio)



CHL5607H/FD07 and/or CHL5608H/FD08 should be taken prior or concurrently with this practicum