CPD Research and Development Grants Program

Notice: There will not be a CPD application cycle for the CPD Research and Development Grant in 2020-21 unfortunately. Please visit this page again for information about our next planned granting cycle in the Fall of 2021. We direct your attention to other internal and external grants which can be found on our website. The CPD Scholarship Team can also provide consultations about your applications, including reviewing documents pre-submission. Please contact Morag Paton, the Education Research Coordinator to arrange a consult.

Grants up to a maximum of $5,000 are awarded to fund research relevant to the mission of CPD at University of Toronto. The grants are intended to support research and scholarly activities focused on the continuing professional development of practicing healthcare professionals. Continuing professional development (CPD) encompasses varied educational and developmental activities which licensed, practicing healthcare professionals undertake to maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills, performance and relationships in the provision of health care.

Research and scholarly activities aimed at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate or fellowship programs or learners are not eligible for funding through this grant.

The CPD Research & Development Grants support projects that either directly relate to the planning, implementation, and delivery of continuing education for health professionals (educational innovation and development), the evaluation of those projects (program evaluation) or projects that generate new knowledge in these areas (research projects). Collaboration amongst health professions is encouraged. Projects that seek to evaluate a CPD program should demonstrate relevance to other CPD programs and this connection should be explicitly stated in the application.

Apply for the CPD Research and Development Grant

Application Deadline

TBD – Fall 2021


Please contact Morag Paton, CPD Education Research Coordinator at morag.paton@utoronto.ca or

CPD Research and Development Grant Recipients:

December 2019

  • Toward evidence-informed gender-affirming medicine CPD: An evaluation of a free online education tool
    Dr. David Rojas, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Co-Applicants: Kinnon Ross MacKinnon, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Yonah Krakowsky, Women’s College Hospital & Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Stella L. Ng, Centre for Faculty Development, Saint Michael’s Hospital. James Owen, St. Michael’s Hospital & Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Training for Excellence: Using a Multimodal Teleconferencing Platform to Coach Surgeons and Improve Intra-Operative Performance
    Dr. Allan Okrainec, Department of Surgery. Co-Applicants: Dr. Amin Madani, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Health Network Caterina Masino, Research Coordinator, Temerty/Chang Telesimulation Centre, University Health Network
  • A Clinical and Teaching Education Program for Pharmacy Preceptors- Partnering CPD and FD
    Dr. Karen Leslie, Department of Paediatrics. Co-Applicant: Debora Kwan, DFCM and Faculty of Pharmacy; Collaborators: Naomi Steenhof, Faculty of Pharmacy, David Dubins, Faculty of Pharmacy, Elnaz Haddadi Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • IDD competencies of practicing psychiatrists in Canada: A needs assessment study
    Dr. Anupam Thakur, Department of Psychiatry. Co-Applicants: Dr. Yona Lunsky, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Dr. Kerry Boyd, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University; Dr. Vikram Palanisamy, Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services Team Fraser, BC; Dr. Sophie Soklaridis, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • What Would Osler Think? An Evaluation & Development Project for an e-Journal Club for Psychiatrists and Residents of Psychiatry
    Dr. David Gratzer, Department of Psychiatry. Collaborators: Sanjeev Sockalingam, University of Toronto, Faisal Islam, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

June 2019

  • Simulation Training for Implementing an Opioid De-implementation Clinical Pathway

    Rosa Dragonetti, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Co-Applicant: Dr. Peter Selby. Collaborator: Dr. Latika Nirula

December 2018

  • “Simulation as a CPD Strategy: A Scoping Review”
    Dr. Dominique Piquette, Department of Medicine.

  • “Best Practices in Medicine: Evaluating the Impact of a Personalized audit and feedback portfolio on health care practitioners resource utilization”
    Dr. Rishi Seth, Department of Medicine. Co-applicants: Victor Tron, Ajay Kapur, Donna Arab-O’Brien

  • “Exploring unintended impact of CPD: Using a Utilization-Focused evaluation approach to inform program decision”
    Dr. Kathryn Parker, Department of Paediatrics. Co-applicants: Daniela Bellicoso, Maria Tassone, Belinda Vilhena, Lynne Sinclair

  • “Raising Awareness, Building Sensitivity, Co-Creating Strategies: An Innovative CPD Curriculum Pilot to Address Weight-Based Discrimination in Healthcare Through Lived Experience Educator Podcasts and Workshop”
    Dr. Ian Zenlea, Department of Paediatrics.

June 2018

  • “Has Safer Opioid Prescribing achieved its intended program objectives: Participation, Satisfaction, Learning, Competence and Performance?”
    Abhimanyu Sud and Kathleen Doukas, Department of Family & Community Medicine

December 2017

  • “Understanding Continuing Professional Mentorship Needs: A Needs Assessment Study to Inform the Development of a Community of Practice”
    Marlene Taube-Schiff, Department of Psychiatry
  • “D2 Lymph Node Dissection Surgical Skills Course with Ongoing Mentoring”
    Natalie Coburn, Department of Surgery
  • “Data and Lifelong Learning (LLL): Understanding Cultural Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing and Using Clinical Performance Data to Support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – in Radiation Oncology”
    David Wiljer: Department of Psychiatry

June 2017

  • “Anesthesia Minute Multiple Choice Questions (AnMinMCQs)”
    Peter Slinger – Department of Anesthesia

April 2014

  • “Development of Innovative Tools for Teaching, Training, and Fidelity Measurement of a Complex Intervention in Geriatric Mental Health”
    Joel Sadavoy, Virginia Wesson, Mary Chiu, LJ Nelles – Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital

January 2014

  • “An Online Flipped Classroom Experience in Continuing Professional Development”
    Stella Ng – Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • “Evaluating the Effectiveness of ‘The Rounds Table’, a novel Medical Podcast for Continuing Professional Education”
    Fahad Razak and Amol Verma – Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • “The Future of Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development in Psychiatry: How can they co-exist?”
    Sanjeev Sockalingam – Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • “Evaluating an Approach to the Competency-based Training and Assessment of Non-technical Skills in Surgical Residency”
    Teodor Grantcharov – Division of General Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital

September 2013

  • “Educating Clinicians on Critical IV Push Infusion Concepts Using Novel Visual and Interactive Training”
    Anthony Easty – Toronto General Hospital

April 2013

  • “Through the Eyes of the Beholder: Understanding physicians’ concepts of childhood obesity”
    Nicole Woods and Maria Mylopoulos – The Wilson Centre
  • “Traumatic Brain Injury and Homelessness: The educational needs of homeless shelter care providers”
    Jane Topolevec-Vranic – St. Michael’s Hospital

January 2013

  • “An Evaluation of Meaningful Family Involvement and Participation within the Online Course: Collaborating with families affected by concurrent disorders”
    David Wiljer – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • “Barriers to the Uptake of Surgical Telementoring: The perspectives of Canadian general surgeons”
    Allan Okrainec – Toronto Western Hospital

September 2012

  • “Neonatal Experience in Resuscitation for our Department (NERD): A randomized trial of the educational effectiveness of an interprofessional in-situ simulation training intervention compared with a standard clinical observership”
    Nicole Kester-Greene – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • “Stigma and Bipolar Disorder: A novel knowledge translation initiative”
    Sagar Parikh – Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

CPD Awards & Fellowships

Awards Deadline

Deadline for nominations for the previous academic year is November 30 (If November 30 falls on a weekend the deadline will be the following working day).


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