Funding & Resources for Education Scholarship

Starting an education scholarship project? The information below covers all the key steps in the process of a project, from idea to dissemination. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Education Scholarship.

Getting Started

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The  Office of Education Scholarship offers consultation services for all stages of an investigation.

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The OES Planning Guide

The OES Planning Guide is a workbook that provides detailed instruction on how to conduct an education scholarship project, from establishing clear goals at the outset, through to disseminating your work effectively. Download a copy here.

Establishing your Question and Articulating your Objectives

These resources are meant to help you clearly define your idea, possibly the most important step of your project. Ideas change and evolve over time and these resources will help guide you through this process. 

First, you will need to formulate your question and better identify the perceived educational gap. Are you trying to

  • address a perceived problem?
  • examine a new or old program?
  • create a new intervention, material, product or resource that fulfils a specific educational purpose?  (e.g. an app, web-based materials, curriculum units or teaching modules, an evaluation framework, or a new model by which to learn a skill)
  • test a new/old idea, tool, curriculum, evaluation techniques?
  • review the literature with a systematic review/meta-analysis?

Here are some tips to help you formulate your question (from Cook, D.A. (2010). Getting started in medical education scholarship. Keio J Med. 59(3):96-103.)

  • Select a focus: What is your idea? What is the source of your idea?
  • Ensure a passion for your project's importance: Why do you want to study this?
  • Describe the rationale or need or gap you want to explore: What is the need? How will your project build on and contribute to what is known and to the larger field? What does the literature say?
  • Create an explicit statement of purpose (Goal): What do you hope to accomplish? What impact do you envision?
  • Create realistic and achievable objectives. You should consider:
    • Is the question answerable?
    • Time: Can this be accomplished in the given time period? Will the amount of data you intend to collect be overwhelming and difficult to analyze in the given time? What do you really need to know? You need to leave time for data analysis and consideration of the meaning of the information collected
    • Expertise and resources: Can this be accomplished with the given expertise and resources? Who will you collaborate with?
    • Politics: Who has a vested interest in the outcome (stakeholders)?

Once you have identified the gap, developed a good question and determined the objectives of your study, you can move on to determining how best to close that gap.

Publications to help you formulate your question

Coverdale, J. H., Roberts, L. W., Balon, R., & Beresin, E. V. (2013). Writing for academia: Getting your research into print: AMEE guide no. 74. Medical Teacher, 35(2), e926-34.

Morrison, J. (2002). Developing research questions in medical education: The science and the art. Medical Education, 36(7), 596-597.

Reviewing the literature

The OES curates a library of articles covering a range of topics. Email dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca with a request to view articles from any of the following topics:

assessment cognition communities of practice curriculum design
dissemination: presentations,
powerpoint & posters
dissemination: writing for
publication
education alliance elearning
evaluation vs research evidence-based education faculty development identify theory
learning styles medical education needs assessment program evaluation
qualitative research
methods
quantitative research
methods
reflection research: the basics
research into practice review methods    

 

Funding Applications and Management

Accessing Funding

You will find funding opportunities below offered by DFCM, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and external organizations. We also suggest contacting your hospital site to discuss funding opportunities and the possibility of protected research time.

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Research Office also offers information about funding and award opportunities. Of particular interest are the What’s New In Research Funding webpage and listserv providing updated funding information on a regular basis, and the list of available prizes and awards throughout the University. The Research Office also provides useful resources on grant writing and regularly runs workshops on this subject.

Pivot Database

Pivot is a comprehensive international funding database to which the University of Toronto subscribes on behalf of faculty. The database provides you with a curated list of funding opportunities as based on your departmental appointments, research interests, publication and granting history, and other profile information.

Pivot is a multi-functional website that allows you to:

  • receive weekly email notifications of new and updated funding opportunities, as based on profile information
  • conduct and save advanced funding searches which can include Canadian and international funding opportunities
  • share funding opportunities with colleagues

This helpful video explains how you can claim your Pivot profile. Please note that you will require access to your utoronto.ca email address in order to register for Pivot and claim your profile. If you do not know or can't access your utoronto.ca email address, please visit the Help Desk, First Floor, Robarts Library; or call 416-978-HELP (4357); or email help.desk@utoronto.ca.

DFCM faculty members have access to one-on-one or group training workshops on the use of Pivot, by request. To arrange a workshop, please contact the DFCM Research Administrator.

Applying for Funding

Application Support

The Research Program offers voluntary internal peer review of research grant applications to help improve grant writing skills and the overall success rates of peer-reviewed grant applications. In order to submit a grant application for internal peer review, you must be a DFCM faculty member, the project PI, and not have an internal peer review process available to you at your primary research site.

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine offers research proposal support  including writing and editing support; ensuring applications clearly demonstrate the impact of the research; reorganizing for most effective content and structure; clarification of meaning and improvement of readability; correction of grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation; and ensuring proposals adhere to agency formatting guidelines.

University of Toronto Grant Applications

The University has implemented an automated system for internal review and endorsement of research applications - "My Research Applications" (MRA). In this system, essential information regarding the application will flow through a defined electronic review and approval process. 

Faculty members who are planning to apply for funding are encouraged to log in to the MRA on-line system well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with your login credentials. The system uses your UTORid credentials. The information in the on-line form will be automatically routed to the appropriate internal approvers for review and endorsement. If you encounter problems, please consult the My Research - Application User Guide for additional information or contact the RAISE help desk (416-946-5000, RAISE@utoronto.ca).

Managing Funding

If you are requesting an expense reimbursement from the University of Toronto for purchases made from your research funding, you must complete all steps outlined by University of Toronto Financial Services as explained in How to Claim an Expense Reimbursement.

If your expense reimbursement involves travel, please additionally complete the Research Travel Validation Form.docx, and ensure that you explicitly relate your travel to your research funding.

My Research On-Line (MROL) allows faculty members who have funds administered through the University of Toronto to track spending and view various financial reports. Contact info is on the site for assistance with setting up your account dfcm.research@utoronto.ca.

Funding Opportunities - Internal

Funding Opportunities | Department of Family and Community Medicine

"Art of the Possible" Education Scholarship Grants are seed grants in support of proposed projects that will enhance education scholarship within DFCM programs. 2-year grants for up to $5000.

Faculty Development Program Development Fund Four awards annually to support the creation of new educational programs.

DFCM Faculty Development Fund to support the publication of scholarly papers (mini-sabbaticals); Travel (and related expenses) to conferences to present scholarly work.

Dr. Harrison Waddington Fellowship in Family and Community Medicine - to support a member of the DFCM who is pursuing a University of Toronto graduate degree to pursue an area of education scholarship. Maximum $4000.

Research Publication Fee Award is awarded annually to support a DFCM faculty member who has had a peer-reviewed research article accepted for publication. Maximum $1500.

Research Travel Fund is awarded twice annually to support DFCM faculty to travel to and attend national and international scientific conferences to present peer-reviewed research. Maximum $1500.

QI Publication Funding is awarded annually to help support DFCM faculty who have had peer-reviewed QI articles accepted for publication. Maximum $10,000 (requires matched funding)

Funding Opportunities | Temerty Faculty of Medicine

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine Education Development Fund is a seed fund designed to encourage faculty who are newly engaged in educational scholarship to further their career development. This fund requires matching funds from the DFCM. Maximum $20,000.

The Continuing Professional Development David Fear Fellowship is a $2,000 fellowship award to a Temerty Faculty of Medicine faculty member to attend an educational leadership course in continuing education and professional development, visit another CPD department, or complete an innovative educational program or grant.

The Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) offers funding to support a summer or in-term medical student and allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experiences in various structured programs without interrupting their medical studies. For those faculty members requiring matching funds, the DFCM runs an internal competition. Maximum $5500 (requires matched funding).

Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) is a seed fund designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. The ITIF is focused specifically on the practical applications of technology in design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, faculty development, or continuing education initiatives that enrich learning. There are two funding streams: 1. Traditional Stream: awards of up to $15,000, matching funds required (the DFCM runs an internal competition for these matching funds, please contact the Office of Education Scholarship for details), and 2. Small Scale Seed Funding Stream: awards of up to $2,000, no matching funds required.

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies. This grant offers $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis. Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division. 

Funding Opportunities - External

AERA American Educational Research Association Awards grants for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. Maximum $35,000.

AERA American Educational Research Association, Education Research Service Projects (ERSP) Program encourages education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance. $1,000-$5,000.

International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) AMEE Research Grant Award The receipt of a grant award will recognise the work of an individual or group both locally and internationally. £10,000

AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring is focused on making a positive and lasting difference in how health professionals develop and sustain their abilities to provide humane, compassionate, person-centred care. The project offers both a Fellowship and grant opportunities. $50,000 (requires matched funding).

CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education is meant to support new and innovative projects in medical education that are not part of a larger, formalized and funded education research program. Applicants must be CAME members. Up to $10,000 per project.

Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Physicians, fellows, and residents working in diverse academic, non-academic, community, and rural settings are encouraged to submit Research Grant Proposals. Projects may have an educational focus. $5000-$10.000

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFR) - Various Opportunities

CFPC Canadian Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) - Janus Research Grants and the D. M. Robb Community-Based Research Grant Supports academic and community-based, family physician, CFPC members who are in active practice to carry out research projects that meet the changing needs of their patients and communities in Canada. Resident or student research projects are not eligible. Intermediate/experienced – maximum $15,000. Novice-intermediate – maximum $7500.

CIHR Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant Program - Programs of research are expected to include integrated, thematically-linked research, knowledge translation and mentoring/training components.

MCC Medical Council of Canada (MCC) W. Dale Dauphinee Fellowship - To support medical educators to enhance their knowledge and skills in physician assessment. $37,500.

Medical Council of Canada - Research in Clinical Assessment Grant to support innovations in the assessment of clinical competence or performance of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners. $37,500.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health System Research Fund
The HSRF Program Awards provide strategic three-year investments ($0.5-$0.8M /year) to programs of health research and/or knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) that focus on identified government priorities. $7.5M over 3 years)

Ministry of Research & Innovation Early Researcher Award Program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team. $100,000 (requires matching funds)

National Board of Medical Examiners Edward J. Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund support for research on, and development of, innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the professional development of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. $150,000 for 2 years.

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)/Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP). Average is $121,160-$138,850 for up to 3 years.

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education from The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) is intended to support original research related to physician lifelong learning within the domain of assessment and/or competency-based CME/CPD. Maximum $50,000 over 2 years.

PSI Foundation education fellowship for practicing physicians - To encourage practising physicians to undertake training to acquire a clinical skill or knowledge currently lacking in the community or to undertake training in research methodology.

PSI Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation. Up to $100,000/yr, maximum of 2 years. Health Research Grants:

1. Clinical research
2. Medical education research at the post M.D. level
3. Health systems research
4. Healthcare research by community physicians

PSI Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation. Up to $250,000 for a maximum of 3 years. New Investigator Research Grant:

1. Clinical research
2. Medical education research at the post M.D. level
3. Health systems research
4. Healthcare research by community physicians

RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Regional Continuing Professional Development Activity Grant. $2,000.

RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Regional Professional Development Grant. Maximum $4,000.

Royal College/Associated Medical Services CanMEDS Research Development Grant To support research, development, and/or implementation of projects that advance compassion and caring as realized through the intrinsic CanMEDS roles, in order to realize the mission of social accountability in the training and continuing professional development of specialists. Maximum $25,000.

RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medical Education Research Grant Supports quality research in Canada that will advance the field of postgraduate medical education or continuing professional development. $5,000 - $50,000.

RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education one-year fellowship for training in the science of medical education. $40,000 per years of study, up to 2 years.

RCPSC Strategic Request for Proposals: Mission-aligned Research in Competency-based Medical Education. $35,000.

Scholarly Work in Family Medicine Education Grant supports academic and community-based family physician members of the CFPC in leading projects in medical education. This grant funds scholarly work with the intent of advancing family medicine education broadly. Projects that support CFPC educational initiatives will receive special consideration. $10,000

SDRME Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education Research Review Synthesis Papers Proposals SDRME is interested in supporting the writing of review/synthesis papers that make a substantial contribution to advancing practice, theory, or research in medical education. Maximum $4,000.

Sick Kids Foundation New Investigator Research Grants. Maximum $300,000/years for 3 years.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. $7,000-$75,000.

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs. Maximum $50,000.

Spencer Foundation Conference Grants for Advancing Education Research to bring together researchers whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and advance best practices in education research. Maximum $50,000.

Spencer Foundation Lyle Spencer Research Awards To support large-scale education research projects, $100,000 - $1,000,000.

Tri-council funding Information on CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC funding can be found on the University of Toronto Research and Innovation website.

Developing your Plan

Important Considerations

  • What theoretical framework (methodology) are you considering? Bioscience? Learning Theory? Sociocultural theory?
  • What methods (the arrangement of steps for data collection) will best answer your question and help you meet your objectives? Qualitative? Quantitative? Mixed Methods?
  • Do you need to seek ethics approval?
  • Data collection considerations
    • What do you want to collect?
    • How do you intend to collect the information?
    • What materials need to be prepared or created?
    • What are the administrative requirements and who is going to be responsible for each one? Paper preparation, room bookings, food, recording materials, etc.
    • Where and when is the data collection going to take place?
    • How much time will data collection take?
    • How will the data be catalogued?
  • Data analysis considerations
    • Who is going to analyze the data?
    • How will the data be analyzed?
    • How much time do I need to allocate for data analysis?
  • Creation of a realistic timeline for all of the tasks that need to be accomplished

Literature Review

Understanding the existing literature is crucial to the development of your education scholarship question.

Publications to help you in the development stage

For a brief introduction to the spectrum of methodologies, please see the following article:

  • Turner T, Balmer D, Coverdale J. (June 2013). Methodologies and study designs relevant to medical education research. lnt Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Jun; 25(3):301-10. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2013.790310

Useful articles related to qualitative research include:

  • Reeves, S., Albert, M., Kuper, A., Hodges, BD. Qualitative Research: Why Use Theories in Qualitative Research. BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol. 337, No. 7670 (Sep. 13, 2008), pp. 631-634
  • Kuper, A., Reeves, S., Levinson W. An introduction to reading and appraising qualitative research. BMJ 2008;337:a288. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a288.

For more information about research design, please see the following book:

  • Creswell, J. (2013). Research Design- Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. SAGE Publications, Inc. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Submitting a Research Ethics Board Application

The standards by which the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (REB) evaluates submissions are informed by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) . If you are unfamiliar with research ethics, the Council offers an excellent, online introductory course on research ethics. It consists of eight modules that focus on generalizable principles applicable to all research.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do I require an REB and where do I submit my application?

You will require University of Toronto REB approval if you are conducting research involving humans under the auspices of the University of Toronto. REB applications are submitted through the UofT online My Research platform.

Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) hospitals have their own REBs, and researchers should submit REB applications to their respective hospital REB for review. Researchers should also submit REB applications to the University of Toronto if recruitment, intervention, or interaction with human participants will take place on campus.

2. Who is allowed to submit an application to the University of Toronto REB as a PI or supervisor?

PIs and supervisors must be University of Toronto faculty members with an appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or higher. If you are a lecturer, please contact the Office of Education Scholarship to request temporary access to the My Research platform.

3. Administrative Review

For TAHSN-based projects where the University of Toronto plays a peripheral role (administration of funds, graduate student involvement, and/or analysis or storage of personal data or biological samples), an Administrative Review must be completed using the online My Research platform.

4. Determining What Requires Approval

Refer to TCPS2 Article 2.5 for types of activities that are recused from REB approval. For example, quality assurance (QA) and quality improvement (QI) projects do not necessarily require REB approval. If the intent of the QA/QI project is internal use for assessment, management, or improvement purposes, then you may not require REB approval; however, if the intent is research (e.g., using a program evaluation as a generalizable case for the purpose of extending knowledge to other similar programs), then you may require REB approval.
 
Intent to publish and the use of rigorous data collection/analysis methods are not indicative of whether a project requires REB approval.  Both research and QA/QI can be published, and both can use similar methodologies. Note that if data are collected for the purposes of QA/QI, and later used for research purposes, it is considered secondary use of data and may necessitate REB approval. To determine whether your education scholarship project requires REB review, complete and submit the QA-QI Research Checklist.doc to the Research Ethics Manager, Health Sciences.

5. What are the timelines for my REB submission?

Applications for delegated review: the deadline for delegated review is every Monday (or first business day of the week) by 4 pm. 

Applications for full board review: Submission due dates for full board review are determined by the respective REB board. Please submit your protocol through the My Research online system well in advance of your intended start date.

6. What if I need to make a change to my approved REB protocol?

Minor variations to protocols are acceptable without the need for submission of an amendment. These changes should be addressed in the annual renewal or study completion form.

Any other proposed changes to an approved REB protocol require submission of an Amendment Request through the MRA online system. An amendment is any change to the study that affects scholarly intent, study design, or human participant protection. Any change to the protocol that alters the risk to participants, regardless of whether that change increases or decreases risk, requires an amendment.

Data collection and Analysis

As part of the research planning process, it is important that your data collection tool and analysis plan align with the research question.

Tools for Research Data Collection and Analysis

Qualtrics Insight is a secure, user-friendly, feature-rich, web-based survey tool which allows users to build, distribute, and analyze online surveys and online tests; collaborate in real-time; and export data in multiple formats. All DFCM faculty, students, and staff have free access to a Qualtrics Insight user license – please use the online request form. Users seeking training are encouraged to attend the Live Training Webinars and refer to the Welcome to the New Qualtrics resources.

The Licensed Software Office at the University of Toronto has agreements in place for UofT students, faculty and staff to purchase software such as SPSS and SAS. NVivo  is available to UofT faculty, staff, and students at no cost.

Education Scholarship Training Opportunities

Department of Family and Community Medicine Courses

The Essence of Education Scholarship: A one-year longitudinal course containing monthly zoom seminars, mentorship and community support to help you take an education project from idea to implementation. Contact Course Directors Risa.bordman@utoronto.ca or Gurpreet.mand@utoronto.ca for information about future courses.

Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education: The MScCH degree in HPTE is a professional graduate degree program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This unique graduate studies program addresses a critical faculty development need in the health professions.

Clinical Teacher Certificate: This four module program's goal is to provide advanced training in health professions education for interdisciplinary faculty members who want to increase their teaching, education and academic effectiveness. This program will assist the professional development of any faculty member or the future teacher who wishes to build a career portfolio in teaching or education and is suitable for part time teachers at all career levels: new, mid-career and seasoned.

Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions (INTAPT): This course is designed to provide participants with a broad introductory overview of clinical education, teaching and learning issues in health professional training as a field of scholarly inquiry and research.

External Courses

Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE): CACE activities include a fellowship program focused on ambulatory care education research, programs of research led by CACE Scientists, an educational mentorship program for educational researchers, workshops in best practices in ambulatory care, CACE rounds and consulting.

CACE/CFD Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation: Transformative education approaches can support critically reflective practitioners in navigating practice challenges and changing systems. This 3-day intensive program will discuss why and how to engage in transformative education in the health professions.

Centre for Faculty Development (CFD): A partnership between the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, with resources available for teaching & education, career development, academic leadership, and research & evaluation. See upcoming workshops and events here

  • Education Scholars Program: a longitudinal leadership development program for health professional educators that fosters academic excellence, creativity and scholarly productivity in education.
  • Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER): Accredited rounds open to all that are interested. Pre-registration is not required. Video-cast to various GTA locations, and webcast.

The Wilson Centre: provides fellowships, Wilson Centre Research Rounds and hosts a series of intensive workshops on education research, qualitative research, presentation skills and more.

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI): provides resources for teaching support, educational technology, and research on teaching.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE): MEd in higher education and MEd specializing in health professional education.

Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES): committed to enhancing health education scholarship by building capacity across the Faculty of Medicine at UBC through collaboration, team-building, mentorship of new faculty, successful funding applications, and other activities. Offers Clinical Educator Fellowship Program, visiting scholar opportunities.

Disseminating your Work: Conferences and Workshops

The DFCM events listings on our home page display major academic conferences that may be of interest to researchers. The DFCM also hosts an annual conference for the community which often serves as a valuable first step in disseminating your research in poster or workshop format.

DFCM City Wide Research Rounds are an accredited, bi-monthly, two-hour interactive event focusing on primary care research and research practices. The events are open to everyone to attend, and those interested in presenting are encouraged to contact the Research Program. Guest speakers will focus on research results, methodologies, and techniques; the Research In Progress discussion will highlight new and exciting research. You will have the opportunity to network, socialize, and earn Mainpro credits.

See below for a list of conferences of interest to education scholars.

AAMC - Assoc of American Medical Colleges
Conference

Conf held in Nov

Submissions: Dec/Jan

This meeting brings together a wide range of stakeholders—including medical school deans, hospital CEOs, university and hospital administrators, faculty physicians, scientists, researchers, student affairs and admissions professionals, institutional advancement leaders, resident physicians, and students—to advance new ideas by working and learning together.

AMA ChangeMedEd

Sep 29-Oct 1/21
Virtual

Submissions: Mar

This conference brings together innovative leaders from institutions across the medical education continuum to transform the way future physicians are trained. 

AERA Annual Meeting - American Educational Research Assoc

Conf held in Spring

Submissions: Jul

The AERA, a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

AMEE - An International Assoc for Medical Education

Conf held in summer

Submissions: Feb

The AMEE annual conference is now established as the key meeting for all involved in medical and healthcare professions education including teachers, educationists, researchers, administrators and students. The conference provides an opportunity to network with others with similar interests, to hear and discuss the views of acknowledged experts, to take part in workshops and courses and to present work through a short communication or poster. Attended by over 3200 delegates each year.

AMEE International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions

Conf held in summer (every 2nd yr)

Subbmissions: Feb

Conference goals have included the following:

-To bring together international faculty development leaders and educators in the academic health sciences

-To share best practices and current research in faculty development

-To foster a global community of leaders in the field.

ASME - Assoc for the Study of Medical Education (annual scientific and research meetings)

Conf held in Summer

Submissions: Spring

ASME is a UK focused, internationally-facing membership organisation of people with a commitment and interest in medical education and training including those working in medical schools, postgraduate trainers, Training Programme Directors, Deans, medical students and trainees, and medical education researchers.

CCME - Canadian Conference on Medical Education

Conf held in Spring

Submissions: Fall

CCME is the premier medical education conference in Canada. It hosts the largest annual gathering of medical educators in the country. It also welcomes international colleagues and other partners including students, other health educators, health education researchers, administrators, licensing and credentialing organizations and governments, to come and share their experiences in medical education across the learning continuum.

DFCM Walter Rosser Day

Conf held in Spring

Submissions: Feb

Registration for this one-day conference is open to all faculty, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni and local and international friends of the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. An opportunity to join colleagues and learn about the work of DFCM in advancing family medicine.

FMF - Family Medicine Forum

Conf held in Nov

Submissions: sessions/workshops Feb; papers/posters Apr

Family Medicine Forum is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive annual conference for family physicians. It is hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

CLIME - CAME's Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education

Conf held in Feb

Submissions: n/a

The goal of CAME is to promote excellence and scholarship in all aspects of medical education by advocating for medical education and medical educators, by supporting faculty and educational development, and by encouraging research in medical education through networking and scientific activities. Conference is limited to 45 participants.

ICRE - International Conference on Residency Education

Conference held in Fall

Submissions: Feb/Mar

ICRE is the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education.

NAPCRG Annual Meeting - North American Primary Care Research Group

Conf held in Nov

Submissions: Sep

The NAPCRG Annual Meeting is the largest primary care research meeting of its kind. Over 800 research sessions including oral presentations, workshops, forums, posters. Attended by over 1,100 primary care researchers from around the world.

NAPCRG Practice-Based Research Network Conference

Conf held in Aug

Submissions: Spring

This conference welcomes PBRN researchers from the US, Canada, and many other nations to come together to share strategies, methods, and results. The agenda includes PBRN innovations and research projects on diverse topics of interest to community clinicians, practice facilitators/study coordinators, and network leadership.

Ottawa Conference

Conf held every 2nd yr

Submissions: Fall

The Ottawa Conference provides a forum for medical and other health care profession educationalists to network and share ideas on all aspects of the assessment of competence in both clinical and non-clinical domains, throughout the continuum of education. Participants include both those new to the area of assessment and those with many years' experience to share.

STFM Annual Spring Conference - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Conf held in Apr/May

Submissions: Sep

This is the ideal conference to showcase and share work with an international audience, learn from the success of others, and cultivate new ideas. This conference provides a unique opportunity to share innovation and success stories across borders.

STFM Conference on Medical Student Education

Conf held in Jan/Feb

Submissions: Spring

An opportunity to acquire skills and resources to educate and empower medical students to become competent, compassionate, collaborative, and creative physicians to address the health needs of our communities. Network with family medicine educators from around the country at this power-packed conference. This conference brings together a unique blend of educators and students. Teacher/student presentation teams provide an invaluable perspective of family medicine.

STLHE - Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Conf held in Jun

Submissions: Jan

STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. The Society supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness, and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning.

Wilson Centre Hodges Symposium

Conf held in May

Submissions: n/a

An international health professions education scholarship symposium.

Wilson Centre Richard Reznick Research Day

Conf held in Fall

Submissions: Spring

This conference highlights the excellent work in health professions education research and practice conducted by faculty and students affiliated with the

Wilson Centre. It provides a unique opportunity to share and celebrate the remarkable depth and breadth of scholarship in health professions education underway at the University of Toronto and TAHSN.

World Organization of Family Doctors – WONCA Asia Pacific Conference

Conf held in Spring

Submissions: Fall

The World Organization of Family Doctors offers international conferences providing fora for exchange of knowledge and information between member organizations and between general practitioners and family physicians.

World Organization of Family Doctors – WONCA Europe Region Conference

Conf held in Summer

Submissions: Feb

The World Organization of Family Doctors offers international conferences providing fora for exchange of knowledge and information between member organizations and between general practitioners and family physicians.

World Organization of Family Doctors – WONCA World Conference

Conf held in Nov

Submissions: workshops/symposia Jan; orals/posters Mar

The World Organization of Family Doctors offers international conferences providing fora for exchange of knowledge and information between member organizations and between general practitioners and family physicians.

 

    Disseminating your Work: Publications

    Click here for a list of JOURNALS and ONLINE REPOSITORIES you might consider for disseminating your work.

    Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator) is an online resource that helps you find the most appropriate journal for your work. Just enter your title and/or abstract, and Jane will compare your document to millions of documents in Medline to find the best matching journals, authors or articles.

    Disseminating your work: Support

    Financial Support

    The DFCM offers a number of awards for all DFCM Faculty in support of research dissemination, including:

    Research Publication Fee Award

    Research Travel Fund

    Faculty Development Fund

    QI Publication Funding

    Writing and Presentation Support

    Some DFCM teaching sites have writing groups for researchers. Please ask your director or chief about what is available at your site.

    The Centre for Faculty Development  hosts workshops on dissemination and writing.

    The Wilson Centre offers intensive workshops such as the "Say Something" two-day workshop on writing and giving outstanding presentations.

    Writing Research for Publication  - This class on writing research for publication is offered by Western University and is held virtually on four consecutive Tuesdays.

    The Writer's Craft - Dr. Lorelei Lingard produces a helpful ongoing series in Perspectives on Medical Education called "The Writer's Craft." It focuses on tips and techniques to give your writing energy, clarity and persuasiveness.

    JGME Qualitative Rip-Out Series- eight short papers on helpful topics such as:

    • Replying to Common Questions About Qualitative Inquiry
    • Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach
    • Research Design Considerations
    • Selection of Data Collection Methods

    Building an Education Scholarship Community

    Celebration of Education Scholarship

    "Celebration of Education Scholarship" events promote education scholarship understanding, capacity and support among DFCM faculty. Investigators are given the opportunity to present and receive feedback on works in progress, increase their knowledge about scholarship theory and methodology, and learn about other activities within the education scholarship community. Celebrating Education Scholarship events are announced via the DFCM listserv. 

    Journal Club

    The Journal Club is a standing component of the Celebration of Education Scholarship events. 

    CLICK HERE for PDFs of articles discussed at past meetings. 

    If you would like to suggest an article for Journal Club, please email the Office of Education Scholarship