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

  • ICE: Clinical Skills
  • Portfolio: Junior Academy Scholar
  • IgFM Clinical Skills Conference and Mentorship
  • Family Medicine Observership Week
  • Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE)

Clerkship Teaching

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


 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 in PGY1 and PGY2.
  • Completion of a written reflective exercise in PGY2 .

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 with an understanding of how they can translate the theoretical knowledge into teaching scenarios. The dates for the 2019-2020 course will be released in August 2019.


  • Module 1: Essential Skills
  • Module 2: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Module 3: Teaching Clinical Skills
  • Location: 500 University Ave
  • Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm


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


  • 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 - 12:00pm


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