Grant Funding in Support of CPD – NEW DEADLINE

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We are once again offering grant funding in support of CPD! The newly revised CPD Advancement and Ideas Grants are intended to support research and scholarly activities focused on the continuing professional development of practicing healthcare professionals. Under the new structure, two streams of opportunities will be available: One grant worth up to $10,000 CAD […]

One Month to Go! – Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference – Feb 9 -10, 2022

The newly revised Canadian Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference will be held online on February 9-10, 2022. The two day digital conference is focused on improving health and wellbeing across the lifespan for persons with a developmental disability. The importance of improving outcomes for people with developmental disabilities is at the heart of […]

Happy Holidays

In the past year, amid the continuing challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, CPD continued to promote lifelong learning and respond to the changing needs of practitioners and the health care system. Overwhelmingly, our learners responded positively to the online environment. 47,200 learners from across the globe took part in 247 U of T-accredited CPD […]

Returning CPD Programs for Spring 2022

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine CPD team is excited to offer a slate of returning programs for Spring 2022. Dates and locations will be released in the coming weeks. Visit individual conference websites to sign up for notifications and details. Update in Dentistry Experts in oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, anesthesia, endodontics, prosthodontics, and oral […]

Conference Brings a National Lens to Health and Wellbeing of Those with Developmental Disabilities

This coming February, a newly revised Canadian Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference marks the launch of a new nationally focused conference, building on the work of two prior programs held separately in B.C. and Ontario. Kicking off online on February 9-10, 2022, the digital conference is focused on improving health and wellbeing across […]

Check Out Our Fall 2021 CPD Programs and Conferences!

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The past year has changed the way we do many things, including how we undertake CPD programs. This fall and winter we are offering an expanded slate of the digital programs and conferences we have worked hard to develop since early 2020, but also the return to several in-person programs in a public health-compliant and […]

New Conference Exploring Pediatric Health Inequity in Canada Seeks Abstracts

The inaugural Canadian Children, Youth and Communities (CCYC) Health In | Equity Conference will be held online, November 27, 2021, with the aim of bringing together professionals in pediatrics and allied health care to address inequities from birth to adolescence. The digital conference explores health equity topics particular to marginalized communities in Canada’s health care […]

Enhance Your Online Teaching Skills With CPD Program This Fall

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There is still time to sign up for CPD’s Teaching with Technology, returning online this fall, starting September 14. The 40-hour accredited program is designed to help enhance your digital skill set for teaching using education technology. Going beyond the basics of educating in an online environment, this program will help you effectively integrate online […]

North American Refugee Health Conference Preliminary Agenda Now Available

The preliminary conference agenda is now available for the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC). This year’s conference will be held from September 9-11, 2021, completely online. Highlights include presentations by keynote speakers including: Dr. Aniyizhai Annamalai, associate professor at Yale University Nahlah Ayed, host and producer  of CBC IDEAS Dr. Sahar Bahadi, pediatrician and […]

Build Your Creative and Reflective Skills with Narrative-Based Medicine

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Every interaction between practitioner and patient is an opportunity to improve care. Crafting a narrative can help you to understand and interpret these interactions. Narrative-based medicine offers reading and writing techniques that will allow you to develop deeper insight and understanding of your practice and your patients. Through reflecting on these interactions, you can more […]

A New Framework for Equity in Health Education

Creating health education and training that promotes equitable and inclusive learning is at the heart of a new framework created by researchers at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The Health Equity and Inclusion Framework for Education and Training is made to be used by anyone involved in designing, building or delivering training […]

Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium Returns In Online Form June 18

The Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium returns as a one-day digital event on June 18 with a variety of engaging sessions that aim to foster a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to breast cancer management. The symposium provides a comprehensive review of the many facets of breast cancer, while facilitating communication and collaboration among those treating breast cancer […]

Two Fall Programs Offer a Path to the New CPD Credential

Starting this October, two of CPD’s certificate programs return in digital interactive form. Designed to help improve effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of CPD programs, CPD Foundations and Leading and Influencing Change, can help health care professionals engaged in continuing professional development activities. The Certificate Program in CPD Foundations emphasizes fundamental theory and skill […]

IDEAS Foundations of Quality Improvement is back in June

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The IDEAS Foundations of Quality Improvement program returns in June in a fully digital format. This program provides participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively participate in and contribute to quality improvement projects within or across health care organizations. This year’s digital program includes a three-hour asynchronous online component followed by two half-day live […]

North American Refugee Health Conference returns this September

The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world. Its primary purpose is to promote the health of refugee populations during the continuum of their flight, migration, and resettlement by assembling multidisciplinary experts in research, education, advocacy and clinical practice. This year’s conference will be held from September 9-11, […]

Celebrating Excellence at CPD – 2019-2020 CPD Award Winners

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually recognizes and celebrates faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, scholarship, innovation, teamwork, and long term commitment to CPD. We would like to thank all nominators, and offer our congratulations to the 2019-2020 CPD award winners for their impactful contributions. Colin Woolf Longterm Contributions to CPD: Dr. Yvonne Buys […]

Congratulations to SACME 2021 presenters and award winners

The annual Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) meeting was held online from February 24-26, 2021. This year, the meeting focused on the Art and Science of CPD: New Technology, New Knowledge, New Learning and explored the state of change and challenges in the current CPD environment. The University of Toronto had a very […]

Centering EDI in Medical Research

New series starts March 18, 2021 - Register Today!

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CPD’s new 10-part digital series: Centering EDI in Medical Research, promotes the integration of EDI-related considerations in research design and practices to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive health care system. Led by academics, clinician-scientists, EDI practitioners and social justice advocates, the series examines various aspects of current and emerging priorities in health care […]

The New CPC (HC) Credential

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CPD is pleased to announce a formal designation for those engaged professionally in the discipline of CPD and in creating CPD programs: the Certified Professional in CPD (Healthcare) (CPC (HC)) credential. Awarded by the Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement, the CPC (HC) recognizes the achievement of those engaged in CPD as leaders, program […]

Paediatric Dermatology Three-Part Webinar Series now underway!

A skin condition can affect children differently than it does adults, with some conditions being unique to that group. For this reason, health care professionals in this field must stay current with the latest developments in paediatric dermatology to safely and effectively assess and treat infants and children with dermatological concerns. The inaugural SickKids Paediatric […]

Go Beyond the Basics of Educating in an Online Environment

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The previous year demonstrated the need for nearly all professions to have a solid grasp of technical skills as a result of the global pandemic. Those working in education were required to quickly transition to teaching in an online environment. This shift has made the need for expertise in utilizing education technology essential in today’s […]

Strengthening the Patient-Practitioner Relationship with Narrative-Based Medicine

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Knowingly, and unknowingly, many stories are told in medicine–a patient tells a story about their symptom or concern and their practitioner responds with a remedy and treatment plan, creating a narrative. Understanding how to listen, give feedback, and ultimately gain insight from reflection, more effectively addresses patients’ needs and concerns, and thereby practitioner fulfillment. Offered […]

Happy Holidays!

As the year comes to an end, we are reminded to slow down and appreciate our family, friends, and all that we have accomplished over the last several months. Here at CPD, 2020 started off with several successful programs and conferences such as the Cardiovascular-Diabetes Symposium and Update in Emergency Medicine, to name a few. […]

Canada’s Largest Indigenous Health Conference Highlights Youth this December

Health care professionals play a critical role in advocating for the improved status of individuals, families, and communities. As these workers engage with different populations, they need the knowledge on the practices, health issues and barriers that may jeopardize optimal outcomes. The Indigenous Health Conference (IHC) provides one such forum. The 4th biennial IHC will […]

One-Day Digital Conference to Explore Updates and Practical Approaches in Breast Pathology

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Breast cancer continues to be one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Canadian women, with an estimate of 25% of new cases in 2020 alone[1]. This requires those in the field of breast pathology to remain up-to-date with the latest information. Join us on October 30, 2020 for the Pathology Update, on our digital […]

Hello September!

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The past few months have changed the way we do many things, including the way we meet for CPD. As we head into Fall, we are excited to offer several digital CPD programs and conferences. The digital delivery of offerings will allow you to learn and engage from anywhere. You can network online with other […]

CPD Ramps up its Digital Services

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The online delivery model has emerged as an excellent option for delivering high quality, relevant education in a timely-manner and CPD is uniquely positioned to help move programs and conferences online. With several long-running online programs including Safer Opioid Prescribing, Medical Record Keeping and CPD Foundations, our team of professional services staff are equipped to […]

Award-Winning* Program Returns Fall 2020 with a Digital Learning Format

Leading and Influencing Change in CPD is an advanced certificate program designed to build leadership capacity through providing the knowledge, tools and skills to lead continuing education initiatives for health professionals in today’s complex health care environment. Completely redesigned and now offered digitally, the program will kick off with 2 back-to-back boot camp sessions followed […]

Congratulations to the Continuing Professional Development COVID-19 Response Fund Recipients

We would like to thank all of the applicants to the CPD COVID-19 Response Fund for their thoughtfulness and effort in quickly assembling teams and ideas to support their projects related to COVID-19 and Continuing Professional Development. The response from our community was impressive, we received 26 applications for funding, and we are happy to […]

Launch of CPD’s COVID-19 Resource Library

The current unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the medical community closer together—virtually. Various credible sources are frequently producing new resources and information to support healthcare professionals learn new skills, adapt to the current situation, and understand coping mechanisms, just to name a few. CPD has curated these trusted resources into the recently […]

Highlights from SACME’s 2020 Annual Meeting

Continuing Professional Development would like to congratulate our faculty and staff colleagues for a strong presence at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), held in Miami, Florida. CPD was well represented in both the peer-reviewed academic workshops and oral and poster presentations. Our faculty colleagues also presented the […]

Create an Optimal Digital Learning Environment with Zoom


The COVID-19 pandemic has recently presented several challenges to both educators and learners in delivering and acquiring knowledge and information digitally. Many organizations have adapted to using videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom to stay connected. However, Zoom is going beyond a traditional online meeting tool, and being adapted by educators to facilitate learning online. While […]

Online Guide for Quick ICU Training – COVID-19

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In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals may need to upskill, renew, or review their knowledge and skills for redeployment to critical care. In collaboration with clinicians, educators, and scientists from the University of Toronto and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN), the Critical Care Education Pandemic […]

Celebrating Excellence at CPD – 2018-2019 CPD Award Winners


The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team annually recognizes and celebrates faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, scholarship, innovation, teamwork, and long term commitment to CPD. We would like to thank all nominators, and offer our congratulations to the 2018-2019 CPD award winners for their impactful contributions to CPD! Winners will receive a cash […]

Transitioning to an Online-Learning Format

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Recently, organizations have been exploring new ways to engage with their audiences. With the increased interest in providing learning options through an online format, CPD has produced a new Quick Tip to guide you in developing and transitioning programs and conferences to be web-based. Three accredited online learning formats to consider include: Synchronous Online Group […]

Award-Winning CPD Program Returns for 2020

Are you interested in promoting excellence, innovation, and change in continuing education initiatives for health professionals? Considering career advancement in CPD? Apply for CPD’s award-winning program, Leading and Influence Change in CPD! This certificate program will provide participants with valuable management and leadership skills and the tools necessary to lead continuing education initiatives for health […]

Breast Imaging Conference to Explore Diagnosis & Management of Breast Diseases

New technologies have the potential to change the way we approach, diagnose, and manage breast diseases. For example, researchers from the Lawson Institute in London, Ontario have been investigating whether digital breast tomosynthesis, a type of 3D imaging, can better detect abnormalities in breast tissue compared to conventional 2D mammograms. A trial is currently taking […]

2020 Update in Dentistry Asks: How Are You Dealing With Changes in Dentistry?

The field of dentistry is constantly evolving as new guidelines and technologies are introduced and developed. In order to provide the best care for patients, it is vital for clinicians to understand the rationale behind the new guidelines and how they relate to traditional older ones. The 2020 Update in Dentistry conference will address this […]

Toronto Anesthesia Conference to Explore New Paradigms in Perioperative Anesthesia

As perioperative physicians, anesthesiologists play a critical role before, during, and after a patient’s surgical procedure. Their role extends beyond the operating room as well; for Sunnybrook Magazine, Shannon Moneo writes: “Anesthesiologists are. . .helping ease the anxiety and discomfort many patients feel before surgery, delivering highly specific pain control, cutting down on the side […]

Toronto Head and Neck Imaging Symposium Returns in March

The 2020 Toronto Head and Neck Imaging Symposium is a structured review of common clinical entities that are encountered in both community and tertiary radiology practices as related to head and neck disease. Topics for this year’s symposium will include: A detailed review of cross-sectional anatomy of the major components of the head and neck […]

Toronto Cataract Conference to Review Important Topics in Cataract Surgery

Cataracts affect 95 million people globally and 2.5 million Canadians, and in North America, over 4 million people undergo cataract surgery each year; these numbers will likely grow as the population ages. It is estimated that by the age of 80 more than 50% of Canadians will have had a cataract or cataract surgery. This […]

Update in Emergency Medicine Returns to Whistler in February

Due to the nature of their field, emergency medicine healthcare workers possess comprehensive medical knowledge and a wide range of skills. As stated by the Canadian Medical Association, “emergency physicians must be prepared to treat patients of all ages and a nearly infinite variety of ­­­conditions and degrees of illness – often before a definite […]

Cardiovascular-Diabetes Symposium Returns This Month

Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. According to Diabetes Canada, people with diabetes may develop heart disease 15 years earlier than those without diabetes and are 3 times more likely to die of heart disease. In order to better manage and treat at-risk patients, it is critical for clinicians to understand this […]

Safer Opioid Prescribing Wins 2019 CPD Program Award

­­CPD is proud to announce that Safer Opioid Prescribing has been awarded the 2019 Continuing Professional Development Program Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). This award recognizes a Mainpro+ certified educational program that has provided an exceptional learning experience to practicing or practice-eligible members of the CFPC. The award was accepted […]

BPAO Annual Health Symposium returns for 2020

Join us on February 29th, 2020 for the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario (BPAO) Annual Health Symposium. The day long symposium covers a wide range of health issues with a focus on diseases or determinants of health that disproportionately or differentially affect Ontario’s minority groups. It is also used as a forum to highlight successful […]

Re-imagining Education

The theme of Post MD Education’s 2018-19 Annual Report is Reimagining Education. This theme was chosen to highlight the ways in which Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are preparing its learners to practice medicine in the second half of this century. Across CPD, activities undertaken throughout the year to achieve this […]

Overcoming Hesitation – Helping Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

It is an unfortunate reality that many physicians feel a combination of apprehension, worry, uncertainty and frustration when dealing with patients on opioids, especially those who appear to be struggling with their opioid use. Many of us received little formal training in dealing with chronic pain, let alone addictions. We may be afraid of the […]

Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Annual Lecture Series returns November 22, 2019

New and innovative technologies continue to be developed in the field of gynecologic cancers, making it important for healthcare providers to remain up-to-date on the latest advances. The third annual Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Annual Lecture Series (MyGOALS) aims to explore the latest updates in Gynecologic Oncology, in particular, updates in surgical management, systemic therapy, radiation […]

Canadian Burn Network Launches the Canadian Burn Association

With the Canadian Burn Network Conference quickly approaching this fall, we are pleased to introduce the network’s launch of the Canadian Burn Association (CBA). As a scientific and educational professional association dedicated to improved burn care, supporting research, and preventing burn injuries, the CBA will work alongside the Canadian Burn Network to achieve these goals […]

34th Annual Organ Imaging Review this September

The 34th Annual Organ Imaging Review is a practical radiology review, highlighting updates and advances in diagnostic imaging in various modalities through didactic and interactive case based review sessions. With a focus on Cancer Imaging, this year’s conference will also provide an in-depth focus on Abdominal, Pelvic, Musculoskeletal, Cardiothoracic, and Neurological Tumor Imaging, with a […]

Child Development Update 2019

Canadian public schools are struggling to recognize and educate the 15-20% of children in the classroom who are diagnosed with dyslexia1. Developmental dyslexia and reading impairments require more inclusive educational environments to ensure children receive effective learning instruction. Neurological conditions such as these can affect development amongst newborns and children. It can lead to poor […]

Thoracic Refresher and Lung Transplant Conference returns this June

The Annual Toronto Thoracic Refresher is a well-established conference offered by the Department of Surgery; 2019 marks the 45th year of the meeting. this year’s conference is set to take place from June 7-8, 2019 at MaRs Discovery District. The topics in general thoracic surgery will be explored, with a focus on: Novel systemic therapies […]

Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium returns June 13

No two cancers are completely alike – they each have their own unique genetic makeup. As discussed by the Canadian Cancer Society[1], personalized medicine is a different approach that allows for cancer treatments to be customized based on an individual’s genetic information. This type of treatment tries to target the specific genetic changes that are […]

Celebrating Success at Annual SACME Meeting

Continuing Professional Development would like to congratulate our colleagues for their strong presence at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), held in Charleston, South Carolina recently. CPD was well represented in both the peer-reviewed academic workshops, oral and poster presentations as well as the awards ceremony at the […]

Multiple Myeloma Conference returns May 24th

Since multiple myeloma is a manageable but not curable disease, there is always the possibility of relapse occurring. As a result, it is critical for healthcare providers to remain up-to-date on the best practices for multiple myeloma management. The main goals of the 2019 Multiple Myeloma Day conference are to: Enhance the management of relapsed […]

Celebrating Excellence at CPD – 2017-2018 Award Winners

Each year, CPD recognizes excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, teamwork and long term commitment to continuing education for faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. This year seven awards were distributed. We are pleased to share the names and accomplishments of the 2017-2018 winners. Congratulations! Colin Woolf Awards Excellence in Program Development and […]

New Program Tackles Opioid Misuse and Management

It’s a sad truth, but in 2017 approximately 3,987 Canadians lost their lives in suspected opioid overdoses. It may seem like a daunting task, but Ontario health professionals can play an important role in keeping their patients safe, they just need to know how. The Opioids Clinical Primer Program was developed to address this need. […]

Breast Imaging Conference set to explore Breast Cancer Screening

In December 2018, new breast cancer screening guidelines were introduced by the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care. These guidelines were the first since 2011 and included recommendations such as: Recommending women aged 50-74 (who are not at increased risk of breast cancer) to get mammograms every 2 years Recommending against woman below 50 […]

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Breast Surgery Symposia to continue rich legacy in April

48 years ago, the first Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium meeting was held in the basement of Toronto’s Wellesley Hospital. Over the years, this symposium has grown to become the largest plastic surgery meeting in Canada, with over 200 registrants attending the 2018 meeting. The Aesthetic Meeting provides participants with exposure to top aesthetic plastic […]

Opioid Prescribing Program Addresses National Crisis

According to a study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, one-third of opioid-related deaths in Ontario between 2013 and 2016 occurred among people who were being treated with prescription opioids. Over the course of the study, this number decreased slightly, but it still presents […]

Early Research into Applied Improv Shows Promise in Health Professional Education

For many, it was the popularity of the hit 90s television show “Whose Line is it Anyway” that brought improvisational theatre -a form of performance art characterized by its spontaneity, unpredictability and, often, humour – into living rooms across North America and the United Kingdom for the first time. Though the collaborative and unscripted style […]

Toronto Cataract Conference to return March 2nd

Over 2.5 million Canadians currently live with cataracts; in 2031, this number is projected to reach 5 million. Each year in Canada, over 350,000 cataract surgeries are performed, making it a highly common and important procedure for ophthalmologists. The 2019 Toronto Cataract Conference will feature internationally renowned guest speaker Dr. David F. Chang, who is […]

Online Seminar Exploring Virtual Live Events coming February 2019

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey For all of the potential that technology affords educators, the challenge to convey and implement it remains a significant hurdle in the development of innovative learning experiences. Dr. Heather MacNeill of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health is […]

Inaugural Joint Conference to explore relationship between Heart Disease and Diabetes

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, adults with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without. Approximately 68% of diabetics above the age of 65 will die from some form of heart disease. Poor diabetes management can lead to abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood glucose levels […]

Health Arts and Humanities Announces New Advanced Program

The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD), The Program In Health Arts and Humanities and the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development are excited to announce the launch of a new, advanced program: Deepening Narrative Competence – Part Two with Damian Tarnopolsky! Registration closes on December 7, 2018. For more information and […]

Paediatric Dermatology Update returns in November

Everybody’s skin is different, so it is not surprising that the same skin conditions may be recognized and treated differently depending on the individual. As Neil Prose, a pediatric dermatologist at Duke University Medical Centre, says, “treating a dermatology condition isn’t a one-size-fits-all matter[1]”. Children’s skin differs from adult skin in several ways; these differences […]

New technologies and methods highlight 26th Annual Urology Update

Prostate cancer is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men. However, according to Prostate Cancer Canada, the death rate in prostate cancer cases has been falling by an average of 3.3% per year since 2001, likely due to improved diagnosis and treatment options. Earlier this year, a group of researchers at the University […]

Pathology Update Welcomes Dr. Rish K. Pai

This November, Pathologists of various specialties will descend on Toronto to explore practical and emerging issues in Gastro-Intestinal and Pancreato-Hepato-Biliary Pathology. While the annual Pathology Update conference is set to feature a selection of talented researchers and speakers from U of T’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, this year’s installment will kick off with […]

Top 5 Reasons to Attend CPD Programs and Conferences

CPD’s learning opportunities are forums where you can learn from and network with experts through presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Here are 5 reasons why you should attend: #5: You’re establishing a network. The Harvard Business review recently released an article entitled “How to Get the Most Out of a Conference”. It mentioned that one […]

Dr. Benjamin Yeh to lead Abdominal and Pelvic Imaging Discussion at Organ Imaging Conference

For over three decades, the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have partnered to run a practical radiology review program highlighting updates and advances in diagnostic imaging in various modalities. This year’s installment will continue in that tradition, highlighting pediatric imaging, neuroradiology and abdominal and pelvic imaging. Abominal Imaging specialist Dr. […]

Practical Solutions to Common Problems in Arthritis Care

Addressing arthritis care options is more important now than ever! Currently, over 4.6 million Canadians aged 15 years and older report having arthritis. This number is predicted to rise to 7 million Canadians by 2031. For this reason, it is important for Primary Care Clinicians to discuss and develop a concise approach to the assessment […]

Toronto Neurology Update: Improving Patient Assessment

It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are affected by neurological disease and disorders, making it the leading cause of disability in the world. Since neurological diseases are so prevalent, it is important that neurologists discuss and construct a framework for identifying and describing individuals with neurological impairment. The upcoming Toronto Neurology Update provides […]

Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Lecture Series to Advance Clinical Care

It is estimated that over a million new cases and a half million deaths annually are due to gynecological cancers worldwide. Since each gynecologic cancer has distinct risk factors, signs, symptoms and prognosis, it is important for the gynecologic oncology community to develop a better understanding of the current challenges, needs and developments in this […]

Health & Humanities Program calling for submissions to Year-Long Workshop

A growing amount of research is demonstrating that healthcare professionals who seek out exposure to the humanities and arts-based learning are able to improve their capacity to think critically and augment creativity into their work with patients. The community of researchers, educators, and others interested in exploring these perspectives in health professions education now have […]

5th Annual Burn Care Conference to Explore Innovations through Research

The Canadian Burn Network Conference has established itself as the country’s premier burn care meeting for a range of professionals by addressing one of the true multidisciplinary challenges. Since its inception, the meeting has offered a concurrent program geared specifically towards first responders, appealing well beyond the domain of healthcare specialists. The meeting returns to […]

Medical Record Keeping Workshop Announces 2018 Dates

If healthcare is a body, then record keeping is the blood. It’s best when it’s not seen, and it is essential when it comes to keeping the whole system alive. But how does one effectively maintain records and ensure that they serve their ultimate purpose (being to benefit the patient)? How does keeping good records […]

Developing and Implementing Programs with Impact

For healthcare professionals, medical education is changing and evolving rapidly in response to an increasingly complex healthcare environment. This complexity requires leaders who can develop the necessary strategic initiatives to advance lifelong learning for healthcare professionals to support and encourage high functioning health care systems. To facilitate the development of these leaders, CPD offers several […]

Thoracic Refresher, EBUS and Lung Transplantation Conferences set to return this June

The Annual Toronto Thoracic Refresher Conference is a highly established conference offered by the Department of Surgery; 2018 marks the 44th year of the meeting. This year’s conference will discuss present-day topics in general thoracic surgery. Participants will benefit from the format of the symposium, which includes lectures, speaker panels, audience questions and discussions, workshops, […]

CPD Alumni Weekend Workshop: Wellness for Healthcare Professionals

Who is responsible for your health anyways? At the recent Canadian Conference on Physician Health in Ottawa, Dr. Allan Peterkin, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, highlighted the lack of focus on pleasure and happiness in physician training and work. He noted that while there is a strong focus […]

Dentistry Update to Address Implications of Dental Complications

For many people, dental procedures may be a nerve-wracking experience. While advancements in dentistry have led to relatively painless procedures, according to a study published in the Journal of Behaviour Research & Therapy, many still tend to associate dental treatment with feelings of pain or discomfort. Thus, the fairly common occurrence of post-treatment complications, such […]

CPD and DMI Announce return of Radiology Programming this Spring

Radiology continues to be an evolving and critical aspect in the screening and diagnosis of disease utilized by a range of healthcare professionals. As such, it is crucial for technologists, surgeons, pathologists, advanced nurse practitioners and other specialists to keep abreast of how its applications can improve patient outcomes. To this end, The Department of […]

Biennial Foot & Ankle Symposium: Innovation in Orthopaedic Surgery

In 2016, a new kind of ankle replacement surgery was performed in Canada by Dr. Timothy Daniels, one of the co-chairs of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Symposium. Alongside two other orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Daniels was involved in the research and development of the Cadence Total Ankle System — the new system that was […]

Update in General Surgery Returns for 58th Year

General surgeons are well-equipped to perform an array of procedures due to their role in diagnosing and treating surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body, including breast, abdomen, head and neck, and the gastrointestinal system. The ability to treat a broad spectrum of surgical conditions provides general surgeons with a unique skill set […]

Anesthesia Symposium to Explore Current Delusions and Misconceptions

Anesthesiologists play an extremely vital role in the surgical process and patient care, as they attend to patients before, during, and after surgery in order to ensure safety and pain relief. Thus, it remains essential for all anesthesiologists to be aware of any misconceptions or developments within the field. The theme of the 2018 Toronto […]

Celebrating Excellence at CPD – 2016-2017 Award Winners

Each year, CPD recognizes excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, teamwork and long term commitment to continuing education for faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. This year seven awards were distributed. We are pleased to share the names and accomplishments of the 2016-2017 winners. Congratulations! Fred Fallis Award in Distance Education Recognizes an […]

Health Arts & Humanities Announces More Programming for Spring 2018

A growing amount of research is demonstrating that healthcare professionals who seek out exposure to the humanities and arts-based learning are able to improve their capacity to think critically and augment creativity into their work with patients. The community of researchers, educators, and others interested in exploring these perspectives in health professions education now have […]

Surgical Ethics Program Returning June 2018

The Toronto Surgical Ethics Program offers surgeons of all levels a platform to understand, discuss, and manage ethical issues that arise in surgical practice. Program Directors Drs. Karen Devon, Mark Camp and Ryan Snelgrove are planning to continue in that tradition with this year’s event program in June. Register Now Key Information Event Date Friday, […]

Marketing innovation a ‘win’ for CPD learner

CPD’s innovative programming is at the pulse of healthcare education. Between multidisciplinary conferences like the Indigenous Health Conference – with a biennial attendance of over 600, specialized lab-based cadaveric workshops like TaTME and dynamic webinar series like Safer Opioid Prescribing, CPD continues to serve the changing needs of our diverse healthcare community. In addition to […]

Indigenous Health Conference works to address healthcare inequities

Within Canada, there are major inequities between the health of Indigenous peoples versus the health of the general population. Statistics show that Canada’s Indigenous population experiences chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, at a much higher rate than the non-Indigenous population. Consequently, their life expectancies are approximately 5-7 years shorter than their non-Indigenous […]

Health Arts & Humanities Program Announcements – Spring 2018

A growing amount of research is demonstrating that healthcare professionals who seek out exposure to the humanities and arts-based learning are able to improve their capacity to think critically and augment creativity into their work with patients. The community of researchers, educators, and others interested in exploring these perspectives in health professions education now have […]

Enhancing our Understanding of Cardiovascular Disease

Accounting for one third of all deaths in Canada, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is among the most important disease areas and clinical challenges for family physicians to understand and effectively manage. The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) is a national leader in addressing the full spectrum of CVD through innovative research that ranges from the cellular […]

CAHH Supporting the Canada’s Growing Health Humanities Community

A growing amount of research is demonstrating that healthcare professionals who seek out exposure to the humanities and arts-based learning are able to improve their capacity to think critically and augment creativity into their work with patients. The community of researchers, educators, and others interested in exploring these perspectives in health professions education now have […]

Walter Wright Symposium to Explore the Evolution of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the major causes of blindness in Canada, with over 250,000 Canadians suffering from chronic open-angle glaucoma—the most common form of the disease. Without early detection and treatment, glaucoma may result in severe vision loss or total blindness. Furthermore, as symptoms develop slowly over time, many Canadians with glaucoma may not be […]

Award-Winning CPD Program Returning in the New Year

CPD is pleased to announce that its own certificate program, Leading and Influencing Change in CPD, will be returning in February 2018. The program, which received the Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award in 2014, has enjoyed success well beyond ceremonial accolades, as participants routinely praise its faculty and format each year. The specific […]

Improving Health and Wellbeing for Persons with Disabilities

Individuals with developmental disabilities often face a greater number of health risks and are more likely to experience mental illness throughout their lifetime. Researchers at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that adults with developmental disabilities and psychiatric illnesses visit hospital emergency departments more often. Yona Lunsky, Clinician Scientist at CAMH, says, “[People […]

MAPS – High-fidelity simulation course in Adult Procedural Sedation

The SimSinai group at Mount Sinai Hospital is excited to offer a high-fidelity simulation course in Adult Procedural Sedation. Taught by our award-winning teaching faculty, this course will review current requirements and guidelines related to Adult Procedural Sedation, pharmacology, and issues related to airway management. Using high-fidelity simulated environments, participants will practice techniques and be […]

Urology Update Prepping for Challenges Ahead

Between 1988 and 2017, the number of new cancer cases in Canada has risen gradually – and although survival rates have increased, the Canadian Cancer Society predicts that within the next 15 years, cancer rates in Canada will continue to rise by approximately 40%. As of 2017, prostate cancer is the 3rd leading cause of […]

Cardiac Tumour Conference: Creating Silos of Excellence

With only a few hundred cases in the world, primary cardiac tumours are among the rarest types of tumours in the world. As such, it is common that even the most experienced cardiac surgeons may go their entire career without encountering a case. This reality has left a critical gap in knowledge amongst the various […]

CPD Releases 5-Year Strategic Action Plan

Continuing Professional Development in the Office of Post MD Education has worked over the past year to develop a strategy that will guide the future direction of CPD in the Faculty of Medicine. The strategy places a renewed focus on CPD’s academic mission and stakeholders. Using four key strategic priorities areas – Leadership, Innovation, Scholarship, […]

CPD and Saegis Announce Partnership for Safer Opioid Prescribing

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) office is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Saegis to make “Safer Opioid Prescribing, A Multimodal Program for Chronic Pain and Opioids” available to all clinicians in Canada. Read the full press release here.

A Step Towards Improving Paediatric Clinical Knowledge for Neurological Disorders

In the last decade, the average rate of Down Syndrome in Canada has increased to 15.8 per 10,000 total births1. Autism is also becoming the fastest growing and the most frequently diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada as 147 in 10,000 children are currently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder2. Neurological disorders such as these can affect […]

Arthritis Day: Improving the Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Do you know anybody living with arthritis? More than likely, your answer is yes. This chronic condition is highly prevalent in Canada, affecting over 4.6 million people of all ages. As time passes, numbers are only expected to increase; by 2036, an estimated 7.5 million Canadian adults will be affected. Given this information, it’s clear […]

In-Depth Focus on Imaging

The 32nd Annual Organ Imaging Review is a practical and highly-regarded three-day radiology review program with a focus on Abdominal, Pelvic, Cardiothoracic and Musculoskeletal Imaging as well as Neuroradiology. This well-renowned program offered by the Department of Medical Imaging provides a comprehensive overview of the imaging techniques from different departments, making this a great learning […]

Certificate Program in CPD Foundations – Developing and Implementing Programs with Impact

Learning has changed. Research in learning efficacy has determined that traditional didactic methods fall short in effectiveness when compared to more modern approaches to the creation and dissemination of educational content. CPD’s own Certificate Program in CPD Foundations, returning this fall, marks a recognition of this shift in the development of continuing medical education. Marked […]

North American Refugee Health Conference Welcomes over 650 Speakers and Participants

The North American Refugee Health Conference 2017, the largest refugee health conference of its kind, was held this June in Toronto. Designed for those at the frontline in addressing refugee health needs, this biennial conference welcomed over 650 speakers and participants making this year a great success. This one of a kind event provided participants […]

The Canadian Burn Symposium: A multidisciplinary event with national ambitions

The inaugural Canadian Burn Symposium in 2014 attracted an interprofessional cohort to Sunnybrook in Toronto. In the years since, the meeting has grown in both scope and attendance while also traveling across the country. Now, after stopping in Vancouver for the 2016 installment, the symposium will carry its momentum to Winnipeg for the 4th annual […]

CPD Wins 2017 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award 

CPD is proud to congratulate Mark Feldman MD, FRCPC, Oshan Fernando PhD, Michelle Wan MA, Tina Martimianakis PhD, and Mahan Kulasegaram PhD as recipients of the 2017 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award for their study on Test-Enhanced Learning (TEL) in Continuing Education.  Read our feature story about their research from the 2016 CPD […]

Faculty of Medicine Celebrates Canada 150

Did you know that the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine was founded before Canada became an independent country? First established in 1843, U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is among the list of Canada’s oldest medical schools. Since its founding, the Faculty has been home to many groundbreaking discoveries. One particularly notable discovery was […]

Susan Deering Awarded for Excellence in Teaching

CPD is proud to share that Dr. Susan Deering of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the DFCM Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award. This award acknowledges individuals or groups whose contributions go well beyond what is expected in advancing the department’s mission. Dr. Deering serves as Attending Physician in […]

CPD Leaders and Directors recognized for innovative research

The Faculty of Medicine’s CPD Leaders and Directors were recognized for their contribution to the field of Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Rene Wong, and Drs. Sanjeev Sockalingham, David Wiljer and their team were honoured at the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) conference held in May in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Rene Wong was the […]

First Oncoplastic Surgery Workshop coming to Canada

According to the Canadian Breast Surgery Innovations group (CBSI), Oncoplastic Surgery is currently under-represented in Canada due to its slow adoption. CBSI’s goal is to increase adoption through educating general and breast surgeons, as well as surgical oncologists about Oncoplastic techniques and skills through the Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop Series. Conference Chair Dr. Jeannie Richardson, one […]

Premier Refugee Health Conference Coming to Toronto

There are close to 1.2 million refugees around the world in critical need of resettlement due to conflict in their home country. The Government of Canada is working with private sponsors, non-governmental organizations and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to assist them. As an example, more than 350 communities across the country have welcomed over […]

Interpersonal Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Innovations, Challenges, and Discoveries

Relationships and their central importance in health and mental health are the focus of Interpersonal Psychotherapy – a time-limited evidence-supported treatment in consensus guidelines for many mental health conditions. For those interested in this area, the 7th biennial International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT) conference will be held in Toronto from June 14-17th, 2017. The […]

CPD Announces First Toronto Update on Lung Transplantation

CPD is pleased to announce the first Toronto Update on Lung Transplantation and Artificial Lung Support. The symposium will be held on June 1, 2017 at the MaRS Discovery District. Since the world’s first successful lung transplant performed at the Toronto General Hospital in 1983, lung transplants have saved patients’ lives and improved the quality […]

Safe Opioid Prescribing

Almost one in every five Canadians is suffering from chronic pain. Many try to manage with medication including opioids. However, statistics show that: In 2016, 914 people died in B.C. due to overdoses from illicit opioids, with another 50 to 80 deaths from prescription painkillers. In 2016, 343 people died in Alberta from an apparent […]

Diverse Community Gathering in April for Diabetes Update

The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) Diabetes Update conference has been providing healthcare professionals information on the latest treatments for Diabetes over the past decades. The BBDC Diabetes Update 2017 conference will be held on April 21st at the Hilton Toronto Hotel. Conference Chair Dr. Rene Wong, lead for professional development at the BBDC, […]

MYGOALS: Gathering the Gynaecological Community

CPD is pleased and excited to announce the first annual Multi-Disciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Annual Lecture Series (MyGOALS) Program. The program will be held on March 31st at the Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto. Over the past year Program Directors, Drs. Taymaa May and Stephanie Lheureux from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, have been working with […]

Celebrating Excellence at CPD – 2015-2016 Award Winners

CPD has eight annual Awards in Continuing Education that recognize excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, teamwork and long term commitment to continuing education for faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. This year seven awards were distributed. We are pleased to share the names and accomplishments of the 2015-2016 winners. Congratulations! Colin Woolf […]

ACPAC – A Decade of Innovation in Arthritis Care

In 10 years, the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) Program has seen its reach extend from coast to coast. The hybrid academic and clinical training program has received acclaim for preparing experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses to expand their respective practice roles in the diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis. […]

CPD’s New Registration System

CPD is excited to announce it is adopting a new registration system effective March 8th. The new system, Destiny One, is a learner-centric platform that was built from the ground up to serve the unique needs of non-traditional learners. The platform helps continuing education offices provide world-class customer service for programs and conferences through streamlining […]

Moving Forward: CPD 2016 Annual Report

2016 CPD Annual Report

We’re excited to share our new annual report for the 2016 academic year! This annual report presents CPD’s stories of leadership, innovations, scholarship and engagement with our community. Throughout 2016, we continued to work towards our vision of improving health through innovation in education. Some highlights include: Continued innovation through endeavours such as the Inaugural […]

Coordinated Response Required to Solve Opioid Crisis

It is undeniable that we are in the midst of a national opioid crisis. Canada is experiencing unprecedented increases in prescriptions for opioids and consequently the number of associated harms, including death. Thus, the need for improved opioid prescriber education – training that is comprehensive, rational and coordinated – is of paramount importance. The potential […]

Infants in Northern Canada Face the Highest Rates of Respiratory Infection in the World

Courtesy University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Author: Liam Mitchell Providing antibody to infants could prove lifesaving Infants in Canada’s north are facing alarming rates of respiratory infection, but providing an antibody to all infants will prevent hundreds of hospitalizations of babies in the Arctic and save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In […]

All Eyes On the Future of Medicine

The Walter Wright Symposium has been around since before The Beatles came to America. Now in its 56th year, the event continues to uphold an old tradition of new discoveries. Though the symposium has served as a significant educational purpose in the past, its focus lies in present and upcoming innovations. The 2016 theme is […]

Conference to address kids’ skincare needs

Anyone who frequents social media pages and popular blogs will know that this past summer’s ongoing obsession was sun protection. A growing awareness of sun damage – in all of its forms – has led to a deeper concern among parents when it comes to the health of their little ones. And yet according to […]

Top Five Reasons to Attend a CPD Conference

CPD’s annual updates and meetings are forums where you can learn from the experts through presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Here are 5 reasons why you should attend. #5: You’re establishing a network. The Harvard Business review recently released an article entitled “How to Get the Most Out of a Conference”. It mentioned that one […]

Olympians on the importance of sleep

Every two years, the world’s eyes collectively turn to one event. It may be because the joining of countries across the globe for the pursuit of excellence is overwhelming, and because it is mesmerizing to watch Olympians as they control and manipulate their bodies in almost unbelievable ways. But in spite of the astounding ways […]

Why Every Firefighter Needs to Attend the Burn Symposium

By Bernice Halsband There is no doubt that liability ties into safety. For Fire Chiefs across the nation the race against modernity is an ongoing challenge. The staggering cost of injuries, both in monetary and time value, can be detrimental.Psychological scars represent a significant burden to the crews left behind when one of their own […]

Interactive workshop encourages good record-keeping

Interactive workshop encourages good record-keeping If healthcare is a body, then record keeping is the blood. It’s best when it’s not seen, and it is essential when it comes to keeping the whole system alive. But how does one effectively maintain records and ensure that they serve their ultimate purpose (being to benefit the patient)? […]

Innovative course addresses the opioid crisis

In 2007, Kelly Lanktree was prescribed Oxycontin for her pain following a knee injury. At age 27, she became addicted. “I had no idea they could be as addicting and powerful as they were,” she told the Globe and Mail. “Nobody’s really immune… it could be anybody.” Since the mid-90’s, an enormous boom in opioid […]

Dr. Monica Epelman: Radiology expert with a hands-on approach

Monica Epelman, MD, is passionate about getting the right diagnosis, and she’s spent her career in radiology finding ways to get to the bottom of every problem her little patients might face. Dr. Epelman originally intended to become a paediatrician, but decided to become a radiologist when she realized the role was “a natural fit” […]

Watch: About CPD

The Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office is a strategic partner in transforming healthcare in Ontario and beyond. Our mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations through the discovery, application and communication of knowledge. Over 380 courses and conferences are offered for health care professionals annually. They can learn about […]

Dr. Nicole S. Gibran: Encouraging recovery, both inside and out

Nicole S. Gibran, MD, FACS, is on a mission. She is dedicated not only to improving the lives of patients with burn injuries, but to ensuring that their interactions with the rest of the world are not plagued by shame or fear of judgement. According to Dr. Gibran, a typical narrative her patients at the […]

Indigenous Health Conference to bring clean water issues to light

Why have many Canadian reserves been under boil-water advisories for decades? Why is it that the West Moberly First Nations can’t eat the fish they catch without risking mercury poisoning? What can be done to put an end to this crisis? On May 27, a panel moderated by Dr. Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki […]

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud: Course director recognized for “unique and innovative program”

CPD would like to congratulate Dr. Abhimanyu Sud for winning the Department of Family and Community Education (DFCM) Award of Excellence in Development and Use of Innovative Instructional Methods. Dr. Sud earned the award as director of the Safe Opioid Prescribing course hosted by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine CPD, which was created […]

Stimulating Simulation Education

There is no denying that simulation-based training has revolutionized medical education. At U of T Medicine and across our affiliated teaching hospitals, we’re fortunate to have a broad range of simulation centres. We also use simulation extensively in the training we deliver in our MD and post-MD programs. Our learners get the opportunity to practice […]

Spotlight: Dr. Ashamalla

Dr. Shady Ashamalla

Shady Ashamalla, MD, MSc, FRCSC, is breaking ground in every way possible. Using his medical education from the University of Toronto, the surgical oncologist is shortening recovery times and spreading the word about revolutionary new techniques. Dr. Ashamalla currently serves as an assistant professor and surgeon educator at his alma mater, as well as the […]



Antonio M. Lacy, MD, PhD, isn’t the kind to stick to a regular nine-to-five schedule and save teaching for the classroom. In fact, the chief of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Department at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona is anything but ordinary. Dr. Lacy has more on his plate than most, as he is also Professor of […]

Dr. Wayne A. Lee: Knocking out Orthopaedic Issues for 30 Years

Foot and Ankle

When you’re locked into a tough match and throwing punches with abandon, you want Wayne A. Lee, MD, by your side in the ring. An orthopaedic surgeon based in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Lee has been ringside for decades as a member of several advisory boards and commissions, including the American Association of Ringside Professional […]

CPD Award Winners Announced

CPD Awards 2014-2015

The results are in for the 2014-2015 CPD Awards! This year saw a wealth of fantastic nominations, and now we’re excited to share the names of the winners of our eight awards. The CPD Awards and Fellowships are given out annually to recognize excellent researchers, innovators, teams, and those who have shown a long-standing commitment […]

New Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Embolism Symposium

Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism (PE) can be a life-threatening condition. Far too many gaps exist in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism including: lack of awareness, incomplete diagnostic assessment, and inconsistent use of surgical and medical therapies, as noted by The Canadian Respiratory Guidelines. Immediate adequate treatment and ongoing medical professional education can greatly reduce the […]

Dr. Steven McCabe the spearhead of Canada’s first successful hand transplant

Photo of Hand Transplant Surgery

Dr. Steven McCabe, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, recently led a team of eighteen surgeons as they performed Canada’s first successful hand transplant. The procedure, which took approximately fourteen hours, was conducted on a woman who lost her arm below the elbow several years ago in an accident. Dr. McCabe told […]

Get on the list!

CPD offers over 100 events and conferences annually for Healthcare professionals. At these events and conferences you can learn about innovations in your field, update your skills and network with colleagues. Ensure you don’t miss out on upcoming events by subscribing to the CPD mailing list. You can choose your area(s) of interest and receive […]

Leadership, Innovation and Community Engagement – CPD Annual Report 2014-2015

CPD Annual Report 2015

We’re excited to share our new annual report for the 2014-2015 academic year! This annual report presents CPD’s stories of leadership, innovations, scholarship and engagement with our community. Throughout 2015, we continued to work towards our vision of improving health through innovation in education. Some highlights include: Partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long […]

First International Cardiac Tumour Conference set for Next Month

When he reflects on the first time he witnessed and had to treat a cardiac tumour, Dr. Robert James (RJ) Cusimano rifles through his memory bank. “It was a long time ago,” he says, estimating that time frame to be well over 20 years. “It has been an evolution in cardiac surgery.” Considered a “rare” […]

Dr. Anna Banerji interviewed by the CBC about refugee children’s health

Dr Anna Banerji in Clinic

Continuing Professional Development’s own Dr. Anna Banerji was recently interviewed by the CBC about her work with refugee children, and identified some of the biggest health issues they face. “The big thing I see in probably fifty percent or more of the kids is dental decay,” Dr. Banerji told the CBC. “They have rotten teeth, […]

Dr. Jason Fischer: The Future of Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

Jason Fischer

Jason W.J. Fischer, MSc, MD, FACEP, found his passion for improving the paediatric stream of emergency healthcare during his emergency medicine residency in East Timor. There, he found more children than adults who were in need of his help. “Pediatric emergency medicine offers a unique challenge… emergencies are more sporadic and more unpredictable, [with] incredibly […]

U of T Doctors Fight Colon Cancer With top to Bottom Campaign

Zane Cohen

The campaign is underway. On October 13th, Colon Cancer Canada’s Top to Bottom launched for it’s fourth annual year. 40 Canadian doctors are part of the current campaign including several faculty members from the University of Toronto. Team Toronto is comprised of faculty members from the division of General Surgery including Dr. Shady Ashamalla, Dr. […]

Top Five Reasons to Attend a CPD conference

CPD’s annual updates and meetings are forums where you can learn from the experts through presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Here are 5 reasons why you should attend. #5: You’re establishing a network. The Harvard Business review recently released an article entitled “How to Get the Most Out of a Conference”. It mentioned that one […]

Dr. Anju Anand: “@thelungdr”

Dr. Anju Anand (known by her Twitter followers as @thelungdr) is a graduate of the UofT Faculty of Medicine and a leader in medical communications. A recent Canadian Medical Association survey identified those in the field of respirology as least likely to use social media. Dr. Anand, a respirologist and sleep medicine doctor, is breaking […]

10th Annual Day in Respirology

The 10th Annual Day in Respirology is just around the corner! On Friday, November 27, 2015, experts in the field of respirology will be gathering at the Westin Prince Hotel to discuss everything from asthma to COPD to bronchiectasis. Participants will develop their knowledge and skills as they learn from the very best. The conference […]

2015 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference (AMEE)

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Early this September, a group from Continuing Professional Development crossed the Atlantic to attend the Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference (AMEE). There, Jane Tipping, MADEd, witnessed her labour of love hit its third year. Five years ago, seeing a need for greater concentration on ongoing accreditation courses, Ms. Tipping formally proposed that a […]

CPD Awards 2014-2015: Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development Awards. Members of the Faculty of Medicine community can now nominate their colleagues from their respective departments for awards of excellence for the 2014-2015 academic year. The awards recognize extraordinary members of the University of Toronto faculty who are internationally […]

Professor Peter Slinger named Chair of the CPD Committee of Faculty Council

The Continuing Professional Development committee is pleased to announce that Professor Peter Slinger from the Department of Anesthesia has agreed to take up the role as our Chair of the CPD Committee of Faculty Council beginning this fall. In addition to his teaching role at the University of Toronto, Professor Slinger serves as an anaesthesiologist […]

CPD Program Receives Royal College Provider Innovation Award

CPD is proud to announce that the Continuing Education Leadership Program (CELP) is one of three recipients for the 2014 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards. CELP is a faculty development certificate program designed to meet the needs of individuals who are interested in promoting excellence, innovation, change, and scholarship in continuing education initiatives […]

CPD Registrants from around the globe

There are no borders or boundaries to sharing knowledge. Every year, CPD events bring participants from around the world together for professional development. Continuing education is an opportunity to build relationships and camaraderie with fellow professionals looking to maintain and advance their knowledge and skills through innovative accredited educational programs at University of Toronto. World […]

Upcoming CPD Surgery Events

Enhance your skills and practice through this exciting lineup of CPD events presented by the University of Toronto, Department of Surgery. View Surgery Events

Innovation + Education Showcase 3D Simulation Training Tool

On Wednesday March 11, 2015, the Innovations + Education (i+e) Office at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto hosted the latest in a series of seminars showcasing cutting-edge tools and technologies that enable new ways of creating, presenting, and distributing educational content. Body Interact™ is a 3D e-Health medical training simulation tool that accelerates […]

Dr Pamela Anne Catton: November 28, 1953-December 23, 2014

As many of you may know, our community lost a great leader and supporter of continuing professional development with the passing of Dr. Pamela Anne Catton on December 23, 2014 We had the privilege of working with Dr. Catton as the Event Director for multiple events that spanned over 20 years. Image Guided Radiation Therapy […]

Continuing the Transformation at CPD: Annual Report 2013-2014

Over the past academic year, CPD has worked towards our vision of international leadership in improving health through innovation in CPD research and education. We have followed our strategic and academic business plans and continue to position CPD as the ideal partner in transforming healthcare in Ontario and beyond. A major milestone this year was […]

Every end has a new beginning

Over the past 4 years, the CPD Research Office has enjoyed significant success and productivity under the leadership of Dr. Simon Kitto. Nonetheless, it is with mixed emotions that I inform the CPD community that Dr. Simon Kitto will be leaving CPD to join the newly formed Department of Innovation in Medical Education as a […]

The simulation paradigm shift: The growth of simulation in health professions education and CPD

A recorded interprofessional simulation featuring a standardized patient

Simulation-based education is contributing to a major paradigm shift in health professions education and continuing professional development (CPD). An experiential form of learning that replicates real-world scenarios, SIM-based education is now widely used in Ontario’s medical and nursing schools. It is employed as an important quality improvement tool in the clinical setting, to better prepare […]

2013-2014 Continuing Professional Development CE Awards

We invite the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine community to nominate members of their Departments for consideration of an award for excellence in Continuing Professional Development, for the academic year 2013-2014. The eight awards below provide an opportunity for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine faculty to be recognized for their outstanding achievement […]

2014 Ontario Simulation Exposition – December 4-5 | Toronto

The annual Ontario Simulation Exposition (SIM Expo) is Canada’s largest healthcare simulation event. The 2014 SIM Expo is the ideal venue to connect with leaders in the growing field of SIM-based CPD. Read more at

SIM-one/IDEAS/CPSI Simulation Launches its 2014 Program for Safety & Quality Improvement

SIM-one in collaboration with the Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) program and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) launches its 2014 program focused on advancing the use of simulation for quality and safety improvement in Ontario hospitals and other healthcare delivery agencies. Information on goals, funding, eligibility criteria and the application process is […]

Medical Psychiatry Alliance Announcement

On Monday September 29, Trillium, CAMH, FOM and SickKids are announcing several developments with the Medical Psychiatry Alliance. The attached memo explains a bit about the Alliance, a first-of-its-kind partnership launched this year to benefit patients with physical and psychiatric illnesses and unexplained symptoms. The appointment of Dr. Benoit Mulsant as Executive Director. The formation […]

CPD Welcomes Trevor Cuddy!

“Life is short!” – Trevor Cuddy Meet Trevor Cuddy. Starting Monday, September 29, 2014, Trevor will take on the role of Director of the CPD Portfolio. His duties will be divided between the Standardized Patient Program and CPD. Trevor brings with him over 20 years of leadership experience in various roles at educational institutions including […]

Perspectives in Competency Assessment: Exploring excellence, from theory to practice (February 5, 2015)

Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA) presents a day-long program features engaging discussions in competency assessment. Exploring theories, challenges and future trends through different lenses for an enriching day of interprofessional learning and development. February 5, 2015. More information and Registration

Dr. Anna Banerji: From Calcutta to Iqaluit

Dr. Banerji in Malawi, 2009

Written by Tristan Bronca on August 31, 2014 A vocation born on a bridge in India leads Dr. Anna Banerji to the Canadian Arctic In 2009, word got out that Dr. Banerji would open a small clinic in a village in Malawi and 300 people lined up to meet her. “I saw 200 kids that […]

Dedication, Passion & Longevity: 25 Years of Service

Arriving at any milestone is an achievement of dedication, passion and longevity. On May 7, 2014, the University of Toronto celebrated Long Service Awards of employees who have worked for 25, 35, and 40 years at the school. Two of our colleagues celebrated 25 years each of service at the University: Vashty Hawkins and Karma […]

Celebrating the Achievements of Those Providing Excellence in Continuing Education

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the Continuing Education Awards Adjudication Committee presented recipients with their awards for excellence in CE during the 2014 Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration at Hart House (The Great Hall), University of Toronto. CPD congratulates all the Continuing Education Award winners on their recognized achievement in providing top quality education […]

CPD Announces 2012-2013 CE Award Winners

The Continuing Education Awards Adjudication Committee has selected the following nominees as award recipients for this past academic year (2012-2013): Colin R. Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination David Jaffray, Pamela Catton and Nicole Harnett (Department of Radiation Oncology) for developing a broad interprofessional curriculum in radiation oncology (Princess Margaret Hospital Accelerated Education Program) […]

CPD Website Transformation – A Note From the Vice Dean

Welcome to our new home. This transformation of the CPD site is part of our closer alignment to the University of Toronto brand and reputation and highlights our recent name change to Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine. More importantly, we’ve used this opportunity to refresh our website with content, design and feature technology adapted […]

CPD launches Canada’s First Indigenous Health Conference

This inaugural conference, created and chaired by Dr. Anna Banerji, Director of Global and Indigenous Health at CPD, is unique as it brings together the voices and direction of Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) with the conference committee, a majority of whom are Indigenous healthcare providers. As well, all our plenary speakers and […]

How a Walk in the Woods is Changing Nursing CPD

On February 7th and 8th, Dr. Simon Kitto and Rachel Grant facilitated a “Walk in the Woods” workshop with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to move continuing nursing education from a time-based to a competence-based approach. A competence-based approach would shift the focus to validating the functional capability of nurses rather than the amount […]

CACME Report on CPD Available Now

In the spring of 2013, the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) conducted a survey visit of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The Committee identified the following strengths at CPD: The support provided by the dean. Highly educated and committed professional staff. Clear strategic plan with well-defined milestones monitored at six month intervals. Continuous […]

Submitted post: New and Emerging Academic Leaders Program – Accepting Applications

The goal of the New and Emerging Academic Leaders (NEAL) program is to foster a productive, visionary and collaborative academic leader in the Academic Health Science System. Participants will become members of a community of leaders who have the mindsets and capabilities to successfully run their division, research, education or other academic unit and help […]

New Year – New Name

Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) has been undergoing some important changes over the last year, all of which are reflected in our new name and signature.  Going forward CEPD will now be called CPD – Continuing Professional Development. The signature also clearly identifies us as part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University […]

Dr. Banerji Presents to Visiting Physicians from China

Last month, CPD’s Director of Global and Indigenous Health, Dr. Anna Banerji made a presentation to a group of twenty visiting physicians from China. Here she shares her experience of meeting with these delegates and sharing with them her background working in the Arctic and with Canada’s Indigenous people. “On Oct 30th approximately 20 doctors […]

CPD Says Goodbye to Esteemed Colleague

CEPD is bidding a fond farewell to Education Consultant, Accreditation, Jessica Black, who has accepted a new position as the CPD Accreditation Manager at The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). In her role here, she advised directors of continuing education and faculty members in the design, planning, development, accreditation and evaluation of specific […]

Notes from Ethiopia

CEPD’s Director of Global and Indigenous Health, Dr. Anna Banerji, visited Ethiopia this month as part of a University of Toronto needs assessment venture. Here she shares her experience visiting with Continuing Education (CE) in mind. “I had the pleasure of accompanying Dr. Claire Pain, five psychiatrists, and one psychiatry resident for a needs assessment […]

Innovative Programing in the Spotlight

CEPD is gaining national and international recognition for its innovative programing. Medical Record-Keeping, Safe Opioid Prescribing, and Practice Skills in Primary Care are three series of courses that have been developed in-house and are achieving prominence. Medical Record-Keeping is a one-day interactive workshop that is recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario […]

CPD Director of Research to present at University of Leicester

CEPD Director of Research, Dr. Simon Kitto will be presenting today, Monday, September 16th, at the University of Leicester (UofL), UK in a workshop that is bringing together all UofL Interprofessional Education (IPE) leads. “I’m pleased to be presenting at such a reputable institution,” Dr. Kitto says. “I will be emphasising the importance of theoretically […]

Call for Nominations – Continuing Education Research and Development Internal Grants

CEPD is now gathering nominations for the Fall 2013 Continuing Education Research and Development Internal Grants. Since 1997, these grants have been offered three times per year to support projects (up to $5,000.00) that relate to the planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of continuing education for healthcare professionals. For example, needs assessment and methods of […]

Getting started with your first CEPD Event: Obtaining Credits

CEPD events start with great ideas and enthusiastic faculty. But every great idea needs to be reviewed to ensure educational integrity and to ensure that participants are eligible for credits for the time they spend learning. That is part of what happens during the process called Accreditation. Accreditation is one of the important first steps […]

Inspiring an Academic Business Plan – The Building Blocks We’ve Used

Since starting my time here as Vice Dean, I have furthered CEPD’s business development and have developed an annual formal academic business plan. Two long-term goals of these plans are to foster growth and to increase engagement with all departments in the Faculty of Medicine. A book I found at a Harvard bookstore called Business Model […]

CEPD Research Team Members to Present at AMEE Conference

Director of CEPD Research, Dr. Simon Kitto (@DrSimonKitto), and Research Associate and graduate student Joanne Goldman, will be involved in the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference this week in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Kitto will be a part of a pre-conference workshop on Sunday, August 25th entitled “Using theory in medical education […]


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CEPD Research is Growing!

Building on strategic directions to advance research, innovation and scholarship in Continuing Education, foster and imbed quality improvement (QI) and further develop Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE), CEPD’s Research division has embarked on a rapid expansion. Led by Director, Dr. Simon Kitto, CEPD Research has recruited five new members over the past academic year. Please join […]

Arnold M. Noyek Appointed to the Order of Canada

CEPD would like to congratulate Dr. Arnold Noyek on being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours established to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Dr. Noyek was cited for his dedication to helping those with hearing loss and […]

Dr. Ian Witterick Honoured with CSO-HNS Award for Educational Excellence

CEPD would like to congratulate Dr. Ian Witterick on receiving The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery’s Award for Educational Excellence at the society’s 67th Annual Meeting held June 2-4, 2013, in Banff, Alberta. The Educational Excellence award honours an individual who has made a significant impact in the area of medical education at […]

CEPD Acknowledges CE Directors and Peer Reviewers

As completion of the 2012-2013 academic year draws near, CEPD would like to thank all of our CE Directors and peer reviewers for their ongoing support and commitment to ensuring the quality and credibility of University of Toronto accredited continuing education programs. It is their invaluable advice and insightful contributions that assist our broad range […]

U of T’s Competency-Based Education Training Workshop First in Canada

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 the University of Toronto’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery presented “A Practical Approach to Competency-Based Education in Your Residency Training Program: From Concept to Implementation” – the first workshop of its kind to be offered in Canada, introducing a new model for teaching and assessing resident trainees for competency. Led by Dr. […]

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CEPD Welcomes Visiting Speaker Dr. David Price

The CEPD Research team will be hosting Dr. David Price, the National CPD Director for Kaiser Permanente, Colorado, USA from May 6-8, 2013 in Toronto for a series of interactive activities and engagement with colleagues in the CE community. Kaiser Permanente is a working partnership of two organizations: the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (serving more than […]

CERD Internal Grant Awards – Spring 2013 Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who is conducting an innovative needs assessment or using new methods of evaluation to measure the impact of continuing education activities on health professionals’ competence or behaviour? They may be eligible for a Continuing Education and Research Development (CERD) Award! CEPD is now seeking nominations for the Spring 2013 CERD Awards. […]

CEPD Education Consultant & QI Team Land Award for Excellence

Kate Hodgson, one of CEPD’s Education Consultants, has been awarded the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s 2012-2013 Excellence in Continuing Education Award along with fellow Quality Improvement Program Faculty Development group members Margaret Bucknam, Yee-Ling Chang, Phil Ellison, Alan Monavvari, Trish O’Brien, Jamie Read, Mary Kay Whittaker and Brian Wong. The Excellence in Continuing […]

TED is coming to CEPD!

This April, for the first time ever, CEPD will be hosting a live simulcast of the TEDMED Talks direct from the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC and opening the event to the general public. CEPD invites anyone with an interest in health and medicine and a passion for learning to come by and […]

10 Tips to Becoming a Better Presenter

Looking for ways to refine your presentation and public speaking skills? CEPD Education Consultant, Jane Tipping, recommends the following video produced by Virtual Studio TV to ensure delivery of a winning presentation. “Presenting & Public Speaking Tips – How to Improve Skills & Confidence” outlines how to engage your audience, appear confident and get your […]

CEPD Prepares for CACME Accreditation Review

CEPD is preparing for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) Review on March 21-22, 2013. The two-day schedule includes meetings with the Faculty of Medicine Dean and Vice Deans, CEPD Executive, Department Chairs, CE Faculty Council, CE Directors and Leaders, Research in Continuing Education (RICE) Committee […]