The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) aims to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients. The program, designed specifically for Nova Scotia physicians and delivered by physicians and leadership experts, focuses on integrative systems thinking and other key skills necessary to lead in an ever-changing health care environment.
Before the program begins, each participant will be asked to complete a 360° assessment, which will help inform the development of a personalized learning plan to enhance their individual leadership skills.
Participants will spend up to two to five hours per week working on a solution to a real-life health system issue. These action learning projects give participants the opportunity to practise the skills they have learned, and are completed with the support of project sponsors and key stakeholders, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK and Dalhousie Medical School.
In addition to course work and action learning projects, participants will benefit from five, one-hour individual coaching sessions over the course of the program.
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. 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 cost and benefits
Doctors Nova Scotia has subsidized enrolment fees by paying $8,000 per physician participant. Each physician pays the remaining $4,000 in program fees, plus travel and accommodations, for the six weekend sessions.
In return for this time and monetary investment, participants will receive:
- Six leadership training modules (participants must attend all six modules)
- Individual coaching sessions
- CPD credits (number of credits to be confirmed)
- Leadership certificate
Five of the six modules will be held in the Halifax area. The graduation session will be held at White Point Beach Resort, Queens County, N.S.
Participants must commit to attend each of the six program modules, so it’s important to check your calendar before applying.
Dates for the 2018–19 program modules are as follows:
- Module 1: Oct. 12 and 13, 2018
- Module 2: Nov. 23 and 24, 2018
- Module 3: Jan. 11 and 12, 2019
- Module 4: Feb. 8 and 9, 2019
- Module 5: March 8 and 9, 2019 (changed from March 22 and 23)
- Module 6: April 12 and 13, 2019
How to apply
The application process for the 2018–19 program is now closed.
Applications are 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 company, and in consultation with the NSHA, the IWK and Dalhousie Medical School.
Doctors Nova Scotia Physician Leadership Development Advisory Group and selection committee:
Physician Leadership Institute Advisor, Joule Inc.
Executive Leadership Coach, Physician Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Scott Comber, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rowe School of Business, Joule Inc.
Compensation manager, academic funding plans, Doctors Nova Scotia
Director, Physician Leadership and Development, Joule Inc.
Dr. Natasha Deshwal
Family physician, 2017-18 PLDP graduate
Dr. Lara Hazelton
Director of Faculty Development for the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Anthony Armson
A/Vice President, Medicine & Academic Affairs, IWK Health Centre
Senior Communications Advisor, Doctors Nova Scotia
Senior Policy Advisor, Doctors Nova Scotia
Communications Coordinator, Doctors Nova Scotia