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Update on the Spring Faculty Development Day: A New Hope

On May 13th, faculty members from multi-sites gathered in-person for a Faculty Development Day: A New Hope. It was a successful and engaging day of teaching and learning comprised of five diverse sessions.

The morning started with an ETS2 session, with Dr. WooltortonDr. Tanner and Dr. Rifai facilitating a discussion on the Fundamentals of Supporting Struggling Learners.

A working lunch provided faculty the opportunity to meet members of the DFM CLIMB! Mentorship group, and share stories, discuss mentorship, and explore resources to help with challenges related to the CLIMB! domains (clinical care, leadership, investigation/research/scholarship, medical education, “Best self”).

Two invited speakers presented in the afternoon: Dr. Ballou, a family physician with Montfort, with 40+ years’ experience working with Indigenous patients and communities, shared his reflections on his practice and his insight acquired through his work with Indigenous patients; the second invited speaker, Sylvie Dagenais-Douville of the Institut du Rire in Montréal, led an interactive session through which faculty were shown – and experienced through exercises – the benefits of “Laughter Yoga” to patients and learners alike. Both presentations were inspiring and received excellent feedback from those in attendance.

The day was rounded out by a Mentoring for Scholarship session, which included break-out sessions with experienced faculty members who shared their insights on early career scholarship challenges and provided resources and practical advice on how to approach “sample” challenges facing residents and clinician teachers. Those who were unable to attend provided short video presentations of their tips for mentoring.  A special guest, Marcel D’Eon, attended virtually, from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. His “presence” was made possible through a newly acquired “Sheldon-bot,” a self-contained, mobile AV unit. This aspect of this session speaks to the times we are living in, in which we are trying to bring people together from near and far, and include mobile, virtual participation. This is a continued enhancement of the DFM’s effort to include virtual participation in future events.

A big thank you to everyone who participated!