The Teacher Certificate Program (TCP) 1 consists of 5 online workshops covering core topics in health professionals’ education. Our team specifically supports the MD Undergraduate Program, Vancouver-Fraser site. Although much of the content is broadly applicable across health programs, there are segments that are contextual to the MD Undergraduate Program. Faculty members teaching in other programs and schools within the Faculty of Medicine who are interested in spite of the presence of some program-specific sections, are welcome to register. Each session is 1.5 hours and will accumulate toward a certificate of completion and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. This program is available to full time and clinical faculty members of the Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program, UBC Faculty of Medicine. For more information, please contact us at

Click on each title to view session objectives and register.

Facilitate active learning appropriate to the learner’s stage.

  • Explain current concepts underpinning active learning
  • Target teaching to the level of the learner
  • Use effective questioning to elicit clinical reasoning and/or decision making

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Optimize learner and teacher relationship, and support learners in difficulty.

  • Integrate learner’s educational history and goals in the educational plan
  • Describe characteristics of healthy relationships (UBC professional standards) and boundaries
  • Recognize (mis)treatment and its impact
  • Recognize a student in difficulty
  • Adequately utilize resources for student support

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Advance learners through feedback and reflection.

  • Establish conditions for effective feedback and reflection
  • Apply principles of transformative feedback
  • Discuss tools to facilitate feedback conversations

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Provide direct observation and assessment.

  • Discuss the continuum of stakes in programmatic assessment
  • Discuss principles of programmatic assessment
  • Compare and contrast tools used to support rater based assessments
  • Discuss role of direct observation in assessment

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Effectively teach in the format best aligned with teaching goals.

  • Use strategies to maximize the learning opportunities specific to the context (practice based, classroom based, self-directed learning)
  • Match content and responsibility to the level of the learner

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*Other regional sites (IMP, NMP, SMP) may offer comparable programs as VFMP’s Teacher Certificate Program with the same teaching objectives.

To download a digital copy of this information, please click the Teacher Certificate Program 1 Guide 2022-23.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to attend sessions in order of the current iteration?
No, you are not required to attend the TCP sessions in sequential order. 

If I missed one (or more) session(s), can I still attend the remaining ones?
Yes, you may (refer to the Q&A above). We offer this program annually, so you are welcome to register in the current or future iteration(s) of TCP.

If I can’t remember the session(s) I missed, who do I contact for assistance?
We keep a record of attendance. If you need a reminder, please email us at