Teacher Certificate Program

The Teacher Certificate Program is a longitudinal program comprising five workshops. It addresses foundational pedagogy and skills for teachers in medical education. It is delivered cyclically at the distributed sites of the UBC Medical Education Program.

Who is the program for?

The program is designed for teachers in the Medical Education Programs.

What is the goal of the program?

The program aims to equip teachers in medical education with the basic knowledge and skills to teach effectively.

What is the structure of the program?

The program is delivered cyclically at all distributed sites and may be adapted to address groups of teachers in specific contexts, including those teaching in the Health Professions.

The program is delivered by experts in education as a series of five workshops addressing the topics below.

What are the requirements for completion of the program?

Each workshop stands alone and can be attended independently. To complete the program, all five workshops must be completed.


1. Active Learning

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

2. Learning Relationships

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

3. Learning Context

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

4. Assessment

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

5. Feedback & Reflection

Advance learners through feedback and reflection.


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

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a completion certificate. 


For information about program plans and schedules at the sites, please visit the site website/contact:

  1. IMP, please visit https://imp.med.ubc.ca/  
  2. NMP, please visit https://www2.unbc.ca/northern-medical-program/faculty-development  
  3. SMP, please visit https://smp.med.ubc.ca/  
  4. VFMP’s Teacher Certificate Program, please contact: vfmp.facdev@ubc.ca.