Info for Supervisors

What is the role of a unit supervisor for the CE program?

  1. Discuss concepts the CE candidate is learning in their particular unit, providing some feedback on their understanding. 
  2. Check the candidate's progress in achieving the learning objectives of the unit.
  3. Monitor their progress in the applied learning activities.
  4. Complete the Final Unit Report, which includes documentation of these interactions and their outcome.

Each of the following CE diploma units requires a faculty supervisor, ideally from the candidate's home program.  The role of the supervisor is important, but does not require a large time commitment.  

The CE Diploma program consists of four mandatory units:

  1. Foundations - This Unit Supervisor should have formal training or recognized expertise in education.  They should have experience in providing education consultations.
  2. Teaching & Learning - This Unit Supervisor should have extensive teaching experience in multiple modalities.  A proven record of teaching excellence (promotion, awards, or widespread reputation for teaching excellence as determined by the CE AFC program).
  3. Curriculum - This Unit Supervisor should have formal training or recognized expertise in curriculum design or implementation.
  4. Assessment - This Unit Supervisor should have formal training or recognized expertise in assessment and experience in implementing or managing a system of assessment.

Each unit is anticipated to take the candidate 2-3 months to complete. 

There are three prescribed selective experiences, with each candidate selecting two of these three units:

  1. Simulation - This Unit Supervisor should have: 1) a minimum of >3 years of simulation-based education experience; or 2) formal fellowship in simulation education; or 3) a Master's degree in medical/health professions education with a focus in simulation.
  2. Leadership - This Unit Supervisor should have a minimum of one year's experience in a leadership role (does not necessarily have to be a physician)
  3. Education Scholarship - This Unit Supervisor should be an educationalist (doctoral degree with or without clinical experience) or a clinician with a graduate degree (e.g., minimum master's degree) in education or research.  They should also have recognized experience in planning, managing, and undertaking successful scholarly projects in medical education.

The total duration of this elective time is anticipated to take 6 months.


Resources for Current Supervisors


Applying to be a Unit Supervisor

If you are interested in becoming a unit supervisor, please contact Rob Woods;



1. What are the requirements for being a supervisor?

There are no formal requirements for being a supervisor. Specifically graduate training or formal education roles are NOT required.  If you have been invited to participate by a division/department leader or diploma candidate, it is likely that your experience in a particular education area has been identified. 


2. What do I have to prepare?

No formal preparation work is required.  A suggested reading list has been already supplied to the diploma candidate.  You can provide recommendations from this list or add your own selected titles.  The meetings are informal discussions around the objectives of the unit.  You have an opportunity to discuss with the candidate their understanding of a topic, your opinion on a subject, or to identify areas that require further investigation.  You do NOT need to prepare formal lessons.  Supervisor meetings have parallels to mentorship meetings. 


3. How much time will this involve for meetings?

Each unit has a minimum number of meetings required.  These are organized at a mutually convenient time.  Mandatory time requirement is only 2-3 hours for a unit:

Core units

  • Foundations unit: 6 x 30 min = total of 3hrs
  • All other core units (Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Assessment): 4 x 30 min = total of 2hrs

Elective units

  • Simulation: 4 x 30 min = total 2hrs
  • Education Leadership: 4 x 30 min = total 2hrs
  • Educational Scholarship: 6 x 30 min = total 3hrs


4. Do I get any credit or stipend for this activity?

Currently there is no financial stipend for the role of CE unit supervisor.  A points system exists such that once a supervisor has accumulated enough points through contribution to the program, they will be eligible to apply for reimbursement of a medical education conference. 


5. What is entailed with the Final Unit Report I will have to complete?

There is a standard template provided.  The candidate unit requirements will be uploaded onto an eDiploma portfolio, which will be available for your review and sign off.  All formative and summative requirements are explicitly outlined in the Royal College requirements for the units.  This process assists with ease of evaluation, approval of required learning activities and documentation. 


6. Are there any other benefits in participating in the CE program?

There is the opportunity to collaborate on educational projects, which can assist in enhancing both the CE candidate's educational portfolio as well as the supervisor. 

The role of mentorship in education is important.  Participation in this program will assist in building your specialty program's strength and capacity for the Clinician Educator role.  This offers the benefit of further educational projects initiatives and improvements specific to your specialty.

The program plans to organize some evening workshops and group discussions on educational topics of interest.  As a unit supervisor you are invited to participate and attend these events.  We hope to build a larger community of faculty members interested in more formal education study, across all faculties.