Teacher Certificate Program

The Teacher Certificate Program (TCP) welcomes faculty who teach and assess in the MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP) across all sites. 

Who is the program for?

The two programs are entirely separate, with no prerequisites, and can be completed in any order.

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?

Each track (TCP 1 & TCP 2) consists of five sessions on topics outlined below delivered by experts. Each session is delivered on Zoom from 5:30PM – 7:00PM. When you have completed all five sessions in a series, a completion certificate will be issued. If you miss a session this year, not to worry, we will likely have another session the following year!

Please note that TCP 1 is an accredited program; your participation can accumulate toward Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits which will be noted on the completion certificate. Due to the nature of the topics in TCP 2, hours must be self-claimed for unaccredited group learning credits with your affiliated college. Please let us know if we can clarify or answer further questions.


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 assessment in the UBC MD Undergraduate Program to approaches advocated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Discuss role of direct observation in assessment

5. Feedback & Reflection

Advance learners through feedback and reflection.


  • Establish conditions for effective feedback and reflection
  • Discuss approaches to provide goal-oriented feedback to build educational alliance

Register for Upcoming TCP 1 & TCP 2 Sessions

TCP 1: Focus on Foundational Teaching


TCP 2: Focus on Career Planning and Wellness


For more information about the program, please contact your site’s Faculty Development team:

  1. IMP, please contact Dr. Chris Morrow 
  2. NMP, please contact Dr. Julia Wimmers-Klick
  3. SMP, please contact Dr. Cara Wall
  4. VFMP, please contact: vfmp.facdev@ubc.ca