Practice Resources

Physician Leadership Development Program

Program will create more visionary, collaborative, effective leaders in health care.

The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) aims is to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients. 

Physicians will work on solutions to complex, real-life problems in collaboration with their colleagues and partner organizations (NSHA, IWK and Dalhousie Medical School), which is key to developing those skills.

The program, designed specifically for Nova Scotia physicians and delivered by physicians and leadership experts, will focus on integrative systems thinking and other key skills necessary to lead in an ever-changing health care environment.

Key program outcomes

The Physician Leadership Program will create a community of physician leaders in Nova Scotia who have the skills and abilities to be visionary, collaborative and effective leaders in health care. Participants will:

  • Practice and apply approaches to innovation and design thinking
  • Learn to identify and apply different change methodologies in order to lead change effectively
  • Gain coaching skills and benefit from results-driven one-on-one faculty coaches
  • Gain knowledge in order to effectively influence and navigate complex systems
  • Learn to navigate the provincial health-care system/environment
  • Gain relevant business skills, such as project management, finance, conflict resolution and marketing
  • Identify and achieve individual leadership goals
  • Increase team effectiveness

Program benefits & cost

DNS will subsidize enrolment by paying $8,000 per physician participant. Each physician will pay the remaining $4,000 in program fees, plus travel and accommodations. 

In return for this investment, participants will receive:

  • Six leadership training modules (Participants must attend all six modules of the program.)
              • Oct. 13-14 
              • Nov. 24-25
              • Jan. 12-13
              • Feb. 9-10
              • March 23-24
              • April 27-28
  • Individual coaching sessions
  • CPD credits (number of credits to be confirmed) 
  • Leadership certificate

Five of the six modules will be held in Halifax and the graduation session will be held at Fox Harb’r Resort, near Pugwash, N.S. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2017-18 program is now closed, the application process will reopen for the 2018-19 program in spring 2018. 

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Physicians do not need to hold a formal leadership role to participate, but they must demonstrate leadership competencies.

The PLDP was developed in partnership with Joule, a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) company, and in consultation with the NSHA, IWK and Dalhousie Medical School.

Senior policy advisor
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4919