Section of Teachers

The Section of Teachers (SOT) was founded in 1978 to advance the academic discipline of Family Medicine, guided by the educational objectives of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and has grown to over 4,000 members who identify themselves as Family Medicine teachers. The SOT priorities, goals, and activities are governed by the Section of Teachers Council, which strikes several important committees, task forces, and working groups to meet the education needs of the Family Medicine community across the education continuum. 

SOTcelebrating family medicine teaching graphicThe College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is celebrating excellence in family medicine teaching as we mark the 40th anniversary of the Section of Teachers (SOT).

Recognizing that more than 70 per cent of CFPC members are involved in teaching, we are showing our gratitude to all preceptors, teachers, and educational leaders through a year full of events honouring these important roles. We kicked the festivities off in November 2018 at our annual dinner, which featured an enhanced program with live entertainment, historical timeline banners, a memorable fundraising initiative, and special recognition for past Ian McWhinney award recipients and SOT chairs.

Bookmark this page and check back often:
We have many exciting initiatives and events happening throughout 2019. If you have yet to join the SOT community, please email [email protected] and sign up to receive our newly redesigned monthly newsletter.


Serving It Up: Ingredients for effective feedback
Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Presenters: Dr. Vina Broderick and Dr. Lyne Ménard
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Whether you are an early-career or experienced preceptor or teacher, providing family medicine-specific feedback beyond the CanMEDS-FM Medical Expert Role can be challenging. It involves considering the practice setting and effective tools and resources to make the feedback practical, and establishing a professional rapport with your learner. This webinar will feature various scenarios and strategies to :

  • Describe principles of effective learner-centred feedback
  • Outline how to apply those principles to family medicine
  • Prepare learners to receive feedback
  • Facilitate learners’ use of feedback for improvement

Please note: This webinar will stream in English only, with slides available in both French and English. Questions may be submitted (and will be answered) in both English and French.

Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Faculty Development Education Committee will host this webinar:

  • Dr. Vina Broderick, assistant professor, Discipline of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dr. Lyne Ménard, assistant director for Faculty Affairs, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, University of Montreal

This live webinar has been certified by the CFPC for one Mainpro+® credit.

Available now:
Webinar: Your Day With a Learner: Let’s talk tips 
Date: May 28, 2019 
Presenters: Drs. Lyne Ménard, and Allyn Walsh

Are you a new—or not so new—clinical preceptor who would like to make your teaching pop? In this webinar we will discuss some basic tips for teaching in your office. You will be able to recognize important aspects of orienting a learner to your practice, describe three key elements when establishing learning objectives with them, and review effective components of a feedback conversation.

Apply for and support education grants:
The new Scholarly Work in Family Medicine Education Grant supports academic and community-based family physician CFPC members in leading projects in medical education that advance the disciple of family medicine. The call for proposals opens each December. Also, please consider donating to the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine to support important initiatives in our field through the Family Medicine Education Fund.

Share your stories:
We invite you to share your reflections, opinions, and advice on the past, present, and future of family medicine teaching through the Canadian Family Physician blog! Blog submissions are accepted in English and French at [email protected] and will be published monthly in 2019.


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