Continuing Education

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Continuing Education

Doctors Nova Scotia members can take advantage of a variety of opportunities for continuing medical education and leadership development.

Physician leadership

Helping physicians develop their leadership skills is part of the association’s 2017–21 Strategic Plan. The aim is to help physicians take an active role, formally or informally, in vital health-system change.

There are many leadership training opportunities for physicians, including two-day Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses. Physicians interested in more in-depth training may apply to participate in the longer-term Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP). 

Physician Leadership Institute

Doctors Nova Scotia has again collaborated with Joule to offer a two-day “Conflict Management and Negotiation” course on Nov. 17 and 18, 2018. A second PLI course, topic to be determined, will be offered in the spring of 2019. 

Doctors Nova Scotia members are able to participate at a reduced rate because DNS is subsidizing 60 percent of the program costs for physicians. 

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Physician Leadership Development Program

The association’s Physician Leadership Development Program aims to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients. The program is comprised of six, two-day modules to be completed over a six-month period.

External development opportunities

You may also choose to access resources available from partner organizations to both develop your leadership skills or to maintain your certification.

Nova Scotia Health Authority

The NSHA’s Leadership Learning Resource Centre is a series of websites with educational resources focused on a number of leadership topics, including change management, systems thinking and conflict competence. Each site has resources organized based on the level of engagement with the topic and time commitment; you can choose to have a 10-minute, high-level overview, or take a deep dive with in-depth resources. All of the resources are either free or accessible via NSHA Library Services subscriptions.

Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

The Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine has introduced a program in academic leadership for clinical and basic science faculty: Emerging Leaders in Academic Medicine. The program provides an opportunity for faculty with limited leadership experience to become more familiar with the functioning of the medical school and acquire knowledge and skills to take on expanded roles in their academic settings.


Joule, a CMA company, offers a comprehensive suite of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, including: an annual conference, Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses and an executive credential, all designed to meet the leadership needs of physicians throughout their careers.

Dalhousie Medical School 

Dalhousie Medical School’s CPD programs give you an easy, convenient way to keep your knowledge current. Whether you’re a health-care provider, educator, scholar or conference planner, CPD staff will work with you to ensure that you have access to the programs and services you need.


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