Physician Leadership

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Physician Leadership

There are many leadership training opportunities for physicians, including two/three-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 collaborated with CMA Joule to offer two-day courses. Doctors Nova Scotia members are able to participate at a reduced rate because DNS is subsidizing 60 percent of the program costs for physicians.

The association is pleased to offer $200/weekend to cover expenses related to childcare. Review the Childcare Policy here.

Physician Leadership Institute courses are designed especially for physicians. They have been delivered for 35 years and have a 98% participant satisfaction rate. The courses are also accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

If you have any questions or are looking for more information, please contact Samantha Graham.

Upcoming courses:

Engaging others

Date: April 19 and 20, 2024
Location: Doctors Nova Scotia, 25 Spectacle Lake Dr., Dartmouth, N.S.
Cost: $1,000 per participant
Capacity: 20 participants (first come, first served)

Participants can expect to learn how to: 

•    define engagement and assess their and others’ engagement in the workplace
•    describe a strengths-based approach to building engagement
•    discuss strategies for motivating others and building trust
•    distinguish dialogue from other forms of discourse
•    practice powerful listening approaches to discover common ground and mutual insight
•    prepare the steps required for providing constructive feedback
•    describe the major principles behind coaching

Register now!
Other 2024 topics will include inclusive leadership, building and leading teams, and strength-based leadership. 

If you have any questions or are looking for more information, please contact Samantha Graham.

Physician Leadership Development Program

The association collaborates with CMA Joule to offer a Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) that aims to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients.

We are currently undergoing program and content refresh with CMA Joule to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our physician leaders. The Physician Leadership Development Program will be launching once again for its sixth year in early 2024.

Learn more about the PLDP

Other learning opportunities

Our partners offer leadership learning opportunities. Click here for more information.


Samantha Graham
Policy advisor