Academic Half Day Program

Guidelines for Session Facilitators

Prior to Your Session

At least ONE week prior to the session please provide the Program Coordinator with the following:

  1. A MAXIMUM of two pre-readings that you would like the residents to read prior to coming to your session.  One or both of these readings should be a high quality review article.  If you choose to provide a practice guideline as one of your pre-readings, please specify the areas of the guideline that you would like the resident to focus on (if it is a lengthy document).
  2. A list of pre-session objectives, which refer to those objectives that you would like the resident to achieve prior to coming to the session. 
  3. A list of session objectives, which refer to those objectives that you would like the resident to be able to achieve after completing the session. 
  4. For all sessions that are videoconferenced (see below), please provide the Program Coordinator with a copy of the cases and any other teaching material that will be used during the session so that they can be posted for the residents.
  5. For the sessions that are not videoconferenced, the cases and any teaching materials can be provided in advance or at the beginning of the session. 

The Program Coordinator will upload the pre-readings, pre-session and session objectives and cases in one45 so that they are available for review by the residents prior to attending the session.

Session Logistics, Location and Videoconferencing Instructions

  1. All sessions will take place in a classroom at KGH and RIH.  This room is equipped with a screen/projector and wireless internet.  Check the AHD schedule above for the exact location of the sessions.  If you require a laptop, please bring your own. 
  2. Session Facilitators who would like to use a laptop to project slides during videoconferenced AHD sessions, should bring their own laptop.  This can be hooked into the videoconference equipment in the room.  Note: a case-based format is appropriate for most therapeutic topics and therefore slides should typically not be necessary, given that the residents should spend the session working through the cases.  However, slides can be used to elaborate on key concepts if deemed appropriate by the session facilitator.
  3. A number of the sessions will be videoconferenced.  Specifically, any session where all residents and the session facilitator are not at KGH will be videoconferenced.  Check the AHD schedule above to determine if your session will be taught over videoconference. 
  4. The Interior Health Chief Resident will be responsible for setting-up the videoconferencing at the beginning of the session.
  5. Session facilitators are encouraged to consider how videoconferencing may affect their teaching and to adapt the session teaching/content, as appropriate, to ensure a positive learning environment for all learners.

At the Beginning of Your Session

  1. Provide the residents with a copy of the cases and/or handout, if this was not provided prior to the session.

Session Format 

The format used for your session will depend on the content being taught.  Facilitators are encouraged to use the most appropriate format to allow for achievement of the session objectives.

A case-based format is encouraged for therapeutic topics.  If unsure about which teaching style would be most appropriate for your topic, please discuss with the Program Coordinator.

Regardless of the format used, sessions are meant to be interactive.  The residents are expected to be actively involved in their own learning during the sessions. 

Session Content

All session facilitators are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator at any time to discuss session content or teaching methods.  The Program Coordinator is available any time to review session material/cases, to discuss content or pre-readings or simply to answer any questions that the session facilitator may have. 

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-Last updated May 31, 2018