Fundamentals of Education Scholarship in Family Medicine

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The Office of Education Scholarship, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto, is currently accepting applications for Fundamentals of Education Scholarship in Family Medicine.

This course is designed for Family Medicine educators interested in designing and conducting a medical education scholarship project at their own institution. Our dynamic and interactive program will be led by world-leading scientists in education and family physician scholarship program leaders from the University of Toronto. Our faculty members will bring expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and represent diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives. Using our unique model for consultations, and our Family Medicine Project Planning Guide, participants will refine their scholarship interests and develop a foundational understanding of research principles, methodologies, and applications needed to complete an education scholarship project. Participants will be eligible for one follow-up virtual consultation with an education scholarship expert.

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  • Participants will refine their Family Medicine scholarship interests and develop a foundational understanding of research principles, methodologies, and applications.
  • Participants will develop an outline for a Family Medicine education scholarship project.
  • Before the course begins participants will be asked to identify an area of scholarship interest and a preliminary scholarly question. Throughout the program they will enjoy meaningful consultations, small group work, and opportunities for reflection through which to develop foundational knowledge and skills.
  • By the end of the course, participants will be positioned to participate effectively in their chosen area of Family Medicine scholarship, and enabled to appreciate a range of research areas and approaches within the Family Medicine scholarship community.


  • Participants will develop an understanding of methodological approaches to qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Participants will increase their skills in the design of Family Medicine scholarship questions and knowledge of implementation.
  • Participants will build knowledge of different data collection and analysis approaches.

Course Content

  • Ontology, epistemology & methodology
  • Common quantitative methodologies
  • Common qualitative methodologies
  • Program evaluation methodologies
  • Generating effective questions
  • Designing an education scholarship project
  • Sampling & data collection
  • Data analysis & interpretation


Course Directors

Risa Freeman, Vice Chair, Education & Scholarship, Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM)

Nicole Woods, Scientist & Associate Director of Operations, The Wilson Centre; Senior Director - Education & Research Integration & Scientific Director, Research Institute for Health Education; Associate Professor, DFCM


DFCM Office of Education Scholarship Family Physician Program Leads:

Melissa Nutik, Undergraduate Education

Milena Forte, Postgraduate Education

Risa Bordman, Faculty Development


DFCM Office of Education Scholarship Scientists:

Mahan Kulasegaram, Quantitative methodologies; Ontology, epistemology, and theory

Joyce Nyhof-Young, Senior Education Scholarship Consultant

Betty Onyura, Program Evaluation

Nicole Woods, Concepts and theories; Quality and rigour


Guest Presenters

Maria Mylopoulos, Qualitative methodologies

Lindsey Baker, Research ethics considerations


Wednesday May 1, 2019  |  12:30-5:00  |  What do Family Medicine Education Scholars think about? Join the conversation

12:30 Welcome and lunch
12:45 Introductions and verview of the program
1:00 Joining the education research conversation: Concepts and Theories
1:45 Ontology, epistemology and theory (What can we know? How can we know it?)
2:30 Break
2:45 Getting to a research question
3:30 Problem, Gap, Hook
5:00 Wrap up
6:00 Evening reception


Thursday May 2, 2018  |  8:30-4:30  |  Pragmatic decisions and design

8:30 Welcome and breakfast
8:45 Introduction and previous day wrap-up
9:00 Common quantitative methodologies
10:00 Common qualitative methodologies
11:00 Break
11:15 Common program evaluation methodologies
12:15 REB
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Quality/Rigour (Pears and Pitfalls)
1:45 Team Consultations #1: Better together
4:00 The Next Step: Completion of the Planning Guide
4:30 Adjournment and free evening

Friday May 3, 2018  |  8:00-12:30  |  Lights, Camera, Action!

8:)0 Welcome and breakfast
8:15 Introductions and overview of the day
8:30 Team Consultations #2
10:45 Grant application strategies
11:15 The Final Pitch!
12:15 Wrap up and next steps
12:30 Departure


Registration and Application Process

  • Application process opens: January 11, 2019
  • Application deadline: Mar 19, 2019
  • Acceptance of applicants: March 26, 2019
  • Full payment deadline: April 1, 2019

Application Process

  1. Click here to complete the online application
  2. The application will instruct you to upload:
    • your current CV and 
    • a 250-word description of the area in medical education that you are interested in pursuing in a scholarly manner.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Fee: $800 CAD, $600 USD

(Includes course materials, breakfasts, lunches and evening reception. Does not include accommodation or travel.) Partial attendance and fees are not available.

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Cancellation and Refunds

A processing fee of $250 will be retained for those who choose to withdraw their application after being accepted in the program; a fee of $500 for those who choose to withdraw their application before April 1. NO REFUND for those who choose to withdraw after April 1.

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