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Physician Leadership Development Program

Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 program

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

Program participants will collaborate on an action learning project, working to find solutions to complex, real-life problems in collaboration with their colleagues and partner organizations (including the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie Medical School and DNS). The project provides an opportunity for participants to apply the skills they are learning.

In 2017-18, participants worked on providing recommendations for four challenges specific to Nova Scotia: physician burnout, physician engagement, collaborative practice and community engagement.

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

Doctors Nova Scotia will subsidize enrolment costs by paying $8,000 of the $12,000 program cost per physician participant. Each physician is responsible for covering the remaining $4,000 in program fees, plus travel to the Halifax area and accommodations.

In return for this investment, participants will receive:

  • Six leadership training modules (Participants must attend all six modules of the program.)
              • Oct. 12-13, 2018
              • Nov. 23-24
              • Jan. 11-12, 2019
              • Feb. 8-9
              • March 8-9 (note date change from March 22-23)
              • April 12-13
              • May 10-11 (storm date, if required)
  • Individual coaching sessions
  • CPD credits (accreditation pending) 
  • Leadership certificate

Five of the six modules will be held in the Doctors Nova Scotia boardroom, Dartmouth, and the graduation session will be held at White Point Beach Resort, near Liverpool, N.S. 

Additional time commitment

In addition to the six face-to-face sessions, participants will, prior to Module One:

  • Attend a one-hour virtual kick-off
  • Complete a 360-degree feedback assessment
  • Participate in an action learning project that requires 2-5 hours between modules

How to apply

The application process for 2018-19 is now closed.

Applications will be 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