In an effort to support continuing professional development and lifelong learning, this page provides links to a variety of leadership courses, related organizations, and publications that physicians should find helpful in their ongoing leadership learning and career development.
White Coat, Black Art
White Coat, Black Art is an original and provocative show demystifying the world of medicine. Host Dr. Brian Goldman reveals the culture of medicine and the health care system from the point of view of those who work on the other side of the gurney. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers explain how things really work and why, with a refreshing and unprecedented level of honesty.
Learning to Lead in Health Care: A Narrative Inquiry of Physician Leadership by Shawn Jolemore, PhD
Active physician leadership within health care organizations can shape the way health care is delivered and contribute to improving and strengthening the system. Yet physicians often struggle to be effective in organizational leadership positions due to lack of leadership experience and the preparation that helps develop requisite competencies and skills. Informed by a qualitative narrative approach, this doctoral study explores the question of how physicians who transition into formal leadership positions learn to lead.
Physician Leadership Development by John Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD.
The purpose of this document is: 1) To review physician leadership programs outside Alberta, to explore how they are embedded in the fabric of the organization and, to study the structural and cultural elements or frameworks that encourage and facilitate leadership and leadership learning. The specific content of those Canadian and international programs, although touched upon, is not within the scope of this document. 2) To list and explain considerations for the successful development of a Physician Leadership Program at AHS; to take into account successful elements and mistakes from other healthcare systems in formulating these considerations.
Physicians Leadership Series
A list of articles from Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation published in 2015.
Canadian Medical Association
The CMA unites physicians to take action on health issues that matter — to our members and Canadians — building quality care for patients and a vibrant medical profession.
Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)
The CSPL is a resource for any physician considering or working in a leadership position at all levels of the Canadian health system. They provide support and development opportunities for Canadian physicians to help them succeed in their leadership and management roles in health care.
CanMEDS is a framework that identifies and describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the global leader in specialty medical education and care.
Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
Leadership development, education, and research is the sole focus of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Here you will find helpful research and insights on their list of blog posts.
The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP)
The PLDP aims to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients. The program will create more visionary, collaborative, effective leaders in health care. Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) is the oldest medical association in Canada. Its membership represents more than 3,500 physicians, including practising and retired physicians, medical students and residents. Doctors Nova Scotia is a division of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
Emerging Leaders in Academic Medicine (ELAM)
This program is administered by the Office of Faculty Development, located within Dalhousie Continuing Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine. It is educationally co-sponsored by Continuing Professional Development.
Physician Leadership Resources and Training Opportunities
U of T Faculty of Medicine has compiled a helpful list of resources and training programs from around North America.
Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)
The Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) is the Canadian Medical Association's leadership development program, which is designed and delivered by and for physicians working in Canada’s health care system.
Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE)
The CCPE credential, belonging to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), recognizes and advances physician leadership and excellence through a national, peer-generated, standards-based assessment process.
Executive Training for healthcare improvement (EXTRA)
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CHFI) provides focused training for teams in single organizations, across multi-sites, and across jurisdictions, to undertake quality improvement and system-change initiatives through the Executive Training for healthcare improvement (EXTRA) program.
Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management
This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself by learning the skills to manage stress and optimize well being. This course is made available by the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Building your Leadership Skills
Raise your self-awareness and gain self-confidence for better leadership.
Discover a new approach to leadership based on trust and sense, building better team leadership and encouraging relationships between people in spite of their differences of opinion. This course is made available by the HEC Paris.
Coaching Skills for Managers
In these courses, you will learn the essential skills to coach people for improved performance. You will learn from Executive Coach and UC Davis Instructor Kris Plachy, who has created and transformed dozens of teams through coaching. She will share best practices, research, tools and models for coaching effectively. You will learn how effective managers use coaching to establish clear expectations and accountability, how to assess performance, and how to conduct coaching conversations that build awareness and get results. These courses are made available through University of California, Davis.
Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change
Coaching can inspire and motivate people to learn, change and be effective leaders, among other roles in life. Although most attempts are “coaching for compliance” (coaching someone to your wishes or expectations), decades of behavioral and neuroscience research show us that “coaching with compassion” (coaching someone to their dreams and desires) is more effective. This course is made available by the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Diversity is a fact. It is also paradoxical. We need to be capable of seeing and hearing differences in order to reap the benefits of diversity. But seeing and hearing differences hone our discriminating reflexes and can also lead to discrimination. If you take this MOOC, you will: 1. understand this paradox, 2. understand its dynamics, and 3. identify ways to manage it, so that you can better channel the diversity potential in the workplace for greater performance and innovation. This course is made available through ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France.
Establishing a Professional ‘Self’ through Effective Intercultural Communication
In the course ‘Establishing a professional ‘self’ through effective intercultural communication’, you will learn how to communicate effectively to establish relationships with colleagues in a culturally and linguistically diverse community and workplace. This course is made available by the National University of Singapore.
How to Change the World
How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change. This course is made available by the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels. This course is made available by the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.