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 PLI 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:

Conflict Management & Negotiations

Date: May 24 and 25, 2024
Location: Virtual
Cost: $450 per participant
Capacity: 20 participants (first come, first served) 

Participants can expect to learn how to: 

  • recognize and manage conflict situations
  • lead resolution processes 
  • manage complex situations and difficult conversations with confidence 
  • understand the different types of conflict and conflict management styles 
  • create collaboration to address conflict with individuals, teams and organizations 

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

Following a comprehensive review, the association’s Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) is back and better than ever. The application process for the sixth cohort of the eight-month program will be launching in April 2024. 

Over the past year, DNS has been working with the physician community, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), educators and the program’s advisory committee to reimagine the PLDP while remaining true to the core leadership values the program has espoused since it launched. The sixth cohort will enjoy a new and refreshed experience that focuses on inclusive leadership, adapting to a constantly changing health-care system, and leading and influencing people, teams and decision-makers in today’s environment.

The PLDP prepares physicians to lead people and teams effectively, with agility and confidence. Participants learn in an accessible, hybrid environment while connecting with peers. We recognize that the last few years have been extremely difficult for physicians and that fatigue and burnout are being felt far and wide. That’s one of the reasons DNS and the CMA have adjusted the program – to ensure the PLDP continues to meet the changing needs of physicians. 

To learn more and apply, visit the PLDP page. 

Other learning opportunities

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


Samantha Graham
Policy advisor