Physician Leadership Development Program

Physician Leadership Development Program

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 will create more visionary, collaborative, effective leaders in health care.

About the program

The PLDP aims is to enhance the skills of experienced leaders to influence health system decisions that affect physicians and patients. The program will create more visionary, collaborative, effective leaders in health care.

Program participants will collaborate on an action learning project, working to find solutions to complex, real-life problems in collaboration with their colleagues and partner organizations (including the Nova Scotia Health, the IWK Health, Dalhousie Medical School and Doctors Nova Scotia). The project provides an opportunity for participants to apply the skills they are learning.

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.

Key program outcomes

The PLDP will create a community of physician leaders in Nova Scotia who have the skills and abilities to be visionary, collaborative and effective leaders in health care.

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 overview and learning outcomes

Program benefits & cost

Doctors Nova Scotia subsidizes enrolment costs by paying $8,000 of the $12,000 program cost per physician participant. Each physician is responsible for covering the remaining $4,000 in program fees, plus travel to the Halifax area and accommodations.

The PLDP is applicable for CPD funding, as outlined in the Master Agreement contract. Additional professional development funding opportunities may be available to physicians. Applicants are encouraged to inquire with their employer, where applicable.

In return for this investment, participants will receive:

Module Cohort 3
March-October 2021
Course full
Cohort 4
October 2021-April 2022
Applications open April 26, 2021
Module 1 March 5-6, 2021* Oct. 29-30, 2021*
Module 2 April 9-10, 2021* Nov. 26-27, 2021*
Module 3 June 18-19, 2021** Jan. 7-8, 2022*
Module 4 Sept. 10-11, 2021** Feb. 4-5, 2022
Module 5 Oct. 15-16, 2021** March 4-5, 2022
Module 6 (graduation)
Nov. 19-20, 2021**
April 8-9, 2022
Storm date   May 6-7, 2022

**Note: Cohort 3 modules 3 through 6 were rescheduled due to the third wave of the pandemic.

  • Five, one-hour individual coaching sessions over the course of the program
  • CPD credits
  • Leadership certificate

For cohort 4, held in 2021-22, module one, two and three will be held *virtually. The remaining modules are intended to be held in person, modules 4-5 in the Doctors Nova Scotia boardroom, Dartmouth and the graduation session (module 6) will be held in a special location befitting the occasion. A decision will be made about the delivery format of modules 4-6 as we see how vaccines roll out across the province, and no later than Nov. 1, 2021. 

A virtual format provides the same learning content and CPD credits, but will consist of live facilitated Zoom sessions with opportunities for group interaction. Faculty will work to make the sessions as rich and engaging as possible. 

Additional time commitment

In addition to the six face-to-face sessions, participants will, prior to Module One:

  • Complete a 360-degree feedback assessment
  • Participate in an action learning project that requires 2-5 hours between modules

How to apply

The application period for Cohort 4 of the PLDP is now closed. Only 24 seats were available.

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 CMA Joule Inc. and in consultation with Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and Dalhousie Medical School.

View sample application

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