Teaching Is Where It's AT Program

Share your knowledge

When you pass on what you’ve learned to medical students, residents and clinical faculty members, you’re helping to build a stronger, more knowledgeable Maritime medical community. Participating in a Clinician as Teacher (CAT) or Resident as Teacher (RAT) course is a great way to develop the teaching expertise you need to share what you know.

Build recognition

Completing a CAT or a RAT course will not go unnoticed. Once you have completed the course, you will receive an identifying lapel pin and you will be recognized as a participant on our website.

Course details

Clinician as Teacher (CAT) course

The CAT course is a full day long and CME-accredited (7.5 MAINPRO M1 and MOC Section 1). Local experts often collaborate on the delivery of the program.

Cost: $150 per participant

Instructor CAT (iCAT) course

If you’d like to build the skills you need to deliver your own CAT or RAT course to your department or community, the Instructor CAT (iCAT) course is the perfect solution. We offer all the skill-building exercises you need, with support from senior instructor faculty. To be an effective instructor, you’ll want to develop the necessary skills to effectively deliver the content and manage the activities of these interactive workshops.

This is an annual course.

Cost: $200 per participant.

Resident as Teacher (RAT) course

The RAT course is a free two-day program that begins with a full day workshop. Three months later, participants meet for another half-day workshop where they share experiences, challenges and successes. Local experts often collaborate on the delivery of the program.

CAT and RAT module descriptions

Each module consists of a 10-15 minute didactic component, followed by a group interactive exercise to illustrate key points.

Adult learning: You’ll be able to identify the five principles of adult learning, the domains of learning, and apply the principles of adult learning to your teaching in a clinical setting.

Orienting and feedback: You’ll use orientation to diagnose a learner’s needs and recognize the importance of providing high quality feedback to learners.

Teaching models: You’ll use the One Minute Preceptor model to promote effective and efficient clinical teaching.

Advanced questioning skills: You’ll identify the barriers to questioning and apply Bloom’s taxonomy for questioning in a clinical setting.

Teaching technical skills: You’ll use an organized approach to teaching technical skills, know the appropriate steps in acquiring new technical skill knowledge, and recognize the importance of feedback and practice in mastery.

Teaching at the bedside: You’ll appreciate the value of bedside teaching, adopt strategies for bedside teaching (especially in busy ambulatory settings) and improvise to create learning opportunities.

Teaching portfolios: You’ll recognize the role of CV and teaching dossiers, as well as the components that make up a dossier. You’ll also start developing your “Philosophy of teaching”.

Effective use of simulation teaching: You’ll understand the role of simulation in medical education and the importance of adequate preparation and feedback to enhance the effectiveness of simulation.

Failure to fail: You’ll use effective documentation for assessment, have renewed confidence, and commit to honest evaluation.

Presentation techniques: You’ll apply techniques to increase attention and involvement during lectures and promote higher levels of learning through interactive lecture techniques.

Sample agenda

830-845 Sign-in
845-900 Opening Remarks: Why bother? (15 minutes)
900-945 Adult Learning
Share an experience (15 minutes)
Didactic session (10 minutes)
Group work (20 minutes)
1000-1100 Orienting and Feedback
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (45 minutes)
1100-1130 Teaching Models
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (15 minutes)
1130-1215 Advanced Questioning Skills
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (30 minutes)
1215-1315 LUNCH BREAK
1315-1400 Teaching Technical Skills
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (30 minutes)
1400-1445 Teaching at the Bedside
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (30 minutes)
1445-1545 Effective Use of Simulation in Teaching
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Writing a case - Group work (30 minutes)
Post simulation feedback (15 minutes) 
1545-1615 Failure to Fail
Didactic session (15 minutes)
Group work (15 minutes)
1615-1645 Wrap-up and program evaluation


Upcoming courses

We frequently add new courses. Check back often.

Interested in hosting a CAT or RAT course?

Contact facdev@dal.ca for further details.