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 Inc. to offer two/three-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.

Upcoming courses

  • Influence and Advocacy* - Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 - register today

    Expect to learn how to:

    • better understand your workplace from political, social and economic perspectives
    • influence your stakeholders by better understanding how matrices and networks work
    • determine how health-care decisions are made and how to influence them at the local, provincial and federal levels
    • navigate workplace politics
    • create a strategic advocacy approach
    • develop persuasive messages on key issues
    • skillfully work with the media
  • Managing Disruptive Behaviour - Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022 - register today

    Expect to learn how to:

    • distinguish between disruptive and non-disruptive behaviour, and identify elements that may influence or cause disruptive behaviour
    • apply principles of fairness, compassion and accountability to resolve incidents of disruptive. behaviour, and prepare for a difficult feedback conversation; and
    • design prevention strategies that promote respectful professional behaviour.
  • Leadership for Medical Persons Who Identify as Female (formerly Leadership for Medical Women) - Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2022 - register today

    Expect to learn how to:
    • explore the leadership direction that resonates most strongly with your life purpose;
    • leverage your natural strengths to more effectively engage others and address factors that may be limiting your success;
    • identify opportunities to drive and support persons who identify as female physician leadership in our current and emerging complex health care system; and
    • identify what influences leadership and recognize both internal and external factors affecting the career progression of medical women today.

* virtual

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

Physician Leadership Development Program

The association has again collaborated with CMA Joule Inc. to offer a Physician Leadership Development Program that 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.


Katie Mallam
Director, policy and physician wellness initiatives
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4919