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Introduction to Small Group Facilitation


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AwardThis program has received the 2019 Assessment Activity Development Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.




Small Group Facilitation

Whether it’s a first-year problem-based group or resident journal club, someone has to guide the process of learning together to ensure that the group meets its objectives and accomplishes what it has set out to do. Learn the foundational skills of small group facilitation and prepare for teaching in various small group settings. Introduction to Small Group Facilitation explore techniques that faculty can use to facilitate successful and effective small group sessions, including strategies for preventing or mitigating challenging situations.



Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the principles and education benefits of small group learning. (Communicator/Leader/Professional)
  2. Apply effective facilitation principles and approaches in a small group learning environment. (Collaborator/Communicator/Professional)
  3. Incorporate strategies to overcome challenges and barriers that may arise during a small group session. (Collaborator/Communicator/Leader)


Approach to Education

This interactive module meets the needs of medical education professionals in Northern Ontario!

woman learning on laptop and mobile device

  • On-demand, self-directed and engaging learning 
  • Access the module from ANY device, at ANY time
  • Answer case-based questions and receive feedback & suggested resources to enhance skills & competencies
  • ‘Manage’ situations through small group session simulations
  • Up to five (5) hours in length
  • Learn more about the curriculum




This three-credit-per-hour Self-Directed Learning program meets the certification criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified for up to 15.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


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