Canadian Medical Association

Strengthen your leadership skills to reach your professional aspirations. Join physicians from across Canada in expert-led and accredited programs to advance in topics relevant for medical leaders.

The Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) offers a variety of scheduled and on-demand programs to meet your learning needs. These programs are designed to develop your leadership skills at any stage of your medical career from helping you build a strong foundation up to advanced leadership for overseeing teams and organizations.

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Upcoming programs

More programs will be scheduled soon. Please check back or express interest in the programs you'd like to participate in below.

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Leadership Essentials

Physicians are seen as leaders even if they’re not in formal leadership roles. Leadership Essentials are free and accredited courses you can complete in an hour, anytime. These on-demand courses cover topics that set and strengthen the foundation for a successful career in any specialty or practice.

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Building self-awareness and personal mastery

Successful leadership is grounded in self-awareness. It will help you make better decisions, build stronger relationships and communicate more effectively. Through self-reflective exercises, hands-on activities and self-assessments, you’ll examine your personal values and principles, thinking patterns, assumptions, and emotional skills and strengths. You’ll explore the potential of your unique leadership style and discover opportunities to build capabilities in alignment with your personal values and goals.

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Communicating effectively

Effective communication with patients and colleagues can lead to increased patient knowledge, improved patient safety and better health outcomes. In this course, you’ll gain foundational skills to communicate with clarity and engage and invite dialogue with patients and colleagues.

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Foundations of advocacy

Health advocacy is a core role for physicians and an important tool for influencing the system to produce positive change, reducing social barriers and impacting public policy. Despite the importance of advocacy, there is ambiguity about how to advocate effectively in health care. In this course, you’ll explore foundational advocacy principles and get some practical guidance that will help you to advocate at the individual, community and institutional levels.

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Practical strategies for engaging health care teams

In this course, you’ll gain valuable insights into the attributes essential for effective leadership and explore practical tools to influence others and improve collaboration and engagement. You’ll examine strategies to effectively motivate others and build skills to gain commitment and cooperation from individuals outside your sphere of authority to foster common ground.

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Foundations of physician wellness

Featuring national and international experts in physician health, this interactive course will take you through key wellness concepts, organizational factors that contribute to burnout, and evidence-based findings on the interventions shown to protect against burnout and foster well-being.

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