Apr 20, 2023  |  8:30am - 3:30pm
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Faculty Development Day

Agile education

For all faculty in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP).

We are pleased to announce LMP's first Faculty Development Day.  All LMP faculty members are encouraged to attend.

350 King St. West. 

Thursday, April 20, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Registration is now closed. If you are an LMP Faculty member who would like to attend and have missed the deadline, please email us at lmp.hr@utoronto.ca.


8:30 - 9 am: Registration and breakfast

9 am: Welcome - Dr. Rita Kandel

9:05 - 10 am: Panel Discussion on Professionalism and trainees

10 - 10:15 am: Break

10:15am - 12:15 pm: Workshop. Collegial Conversations - Unleashing the Power of Collaboration

12:15 - 1 pm: Lunch 

1 - 3 pm: Collaboration Café

3 pm onwards: Close and networking

Detailed agenda

1. Panel Discussion on Professionalism and trainees

Most of us play some role in teaching. Whether that be supervising a PhD candidate, teaching an undergraduate class, or reviewing a case or test result with a clinical trainee. Teaching and supervision of our broad range of students and trainees in LMP comes in many shapes and forms.

Creating a safe learning environment requires supervisors and teachers to address difficult situations and conversations with trainees.

Our panel, spanning both basic research and clinical education support, will discuss how we can provide this safe space where we can bring out the best in our trainees.

Learn about the supports and resources available to you through the university when dealing with these challenging scenarios and ask panelists your specific questions during the Q&A period.

Panelists are:

Dr. Reena Pattani

Director of Learner Experience, Clinician-Educator, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

I am a clinician-educator in the Department of Medicine and a staff physician in Internal Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. 
I have worked with learners at all levels on the frontlines and also served as the Internal Medicine clerkship site co-director and the General Internal Medicine Fellowship site director at my hospital. In these roles, my goal has been to help learners thrive, and not just survive, through their training. Training to become a physician is challenging in so many ways, and we have a responsibility to ensure that they have support and guidance to become the best versions of themselves.  

Ms. Caroline Rabbat

Director of Centre for Graduate Mentorship & Supervision, School of Graduate Studies

I am the inaugural Director of CGMS at the School of Graduate Studies but have served in a variety of roles at the University of Toronto for the better part of 15 years. Throughout my 30 + years career with the University and in the community (non-for-profit sector), I have worked in the areas of violence against women, homelessness, community safety, crisis and issue management, conflict resolution, mediation and more recently coaching. 
Throughout my career I have been and continue to be, deeply committed to assisting and supporting individuals to navigate outcomes and solutions to complex problems.

Dr. Gino Somers

Co Vice-Chair, Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) in LMP

I am pediatric pathologist and specialize in helping develop cutting-edge molecular diagnostics for pediatric cancer. 
I have a strong interest in wellness and am the Physician Lead for Wellness and member of the peer support program at SickKids. I am Chair of the LMP Alumni Committee and an active member of the LMP WIDE Committee. My goals are to ensure wellness is a part of everything we do in LMP, allowing us to be our best selves at work, every day.

Dr. Isabelle Aubert

Co Vice-Chair, Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) in LMP

I work as a neuroscientist with research programs in brain health and repair, specializing in treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. My lab at Sunnybrook consists of students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and technicians. 
I have led the LMP WIDE Committee since its inception in 2018. I facilitate workshops on unconscious bias and allyship, wellbeing at work, and I teach self-defense for women. I strive to promote a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment where everyone can learn, contribute, and reach their full potential.

2. Workshop: Collegial Conversations - Unleashing the Power of Collaboration

Dr. Monica Branigan will facilitate interactive workshop: ‘Collegial Conversations: Unleashing the Power of Collaboration’.

This session will use scenarios based on real experiences within LMP to encourage faculty to discuss psychological safety, recognize barriers to open communication, and learn how to start challenging conversations.  

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand psychological safety and its role in collegial conversations, diversity, inclusion and collaboration 
  • Describe factors beyond our team that impact our ability to speak up 
  • Frame professionalism as a community responsibility requiring engagement through conversation
  • Identify opportunities for collegial learning conversations with colleagues and effective alternatives
  • Name team practices and systemic supports to create compassionate communities

Although this session is provided in collaboration with the Physician Leadership Institute and is RCPSC accredited, it will be applicable to all faculty.

3. Collaboration Café: discuss collaboration topics YOU choose and get funding! (from a pool of $50k-$75k)

Is there an academic question you are currently grappling with related to research, teaching, and/or clinical activities? Would you like to connect with other members of the LMP community to discuss and/or develop a collaboration to address this question?

During the interactive LMP Collaboration Café, you will have the opportunity to connect with your colleagues on topics of mutual interest in rotating sessions.

To help develop the session focus, share your topics of interest when you register for the event. 

Groups that form during the Collaboration Café will be invited to submit project proposals to secure seed funding from LMP.

This session will be facilitated by the Centre for Research and Innovation Support (CRIS) at the University of Toronto. 

How the Collaboration Café will work

  1. Suggest academic discussion topics on your registration form (research, teaching etc)
  2. Attend the event on April 20th
  3. At the Collaboration Café, choose a topic and discuss ideas with LMP colleagues in 2-3 iterations. Collaboration discussions could be about research, teaching or more!
  4. Work with your chosen colleagues to submit a short proposal within 2 weeks of the event. Only collaborations founded at the event are eligible for funding
  5. Potentially receive funding from our pool of $50-$75k to launch your idea. Individual projects could be funded up to $25k.
An infographic about collaboration cafe, see event description for the details