Why choose a CMA-SMA In-house PLI course?

No matter where you are in your career - practising physician, medical student or resident - the CMA Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) will prepare you to be a more effective leader. The CMA PLI is the Canadian Medical Association’s leadership development program. With targeted funding, the SMA has brought the CMA PLI series in-house, delivering the courses at a reduced cost to our members.

When you enroll in a CMA PLI course, you can be confident that:

  • course content and examples will be practical and relevant to health care and medical practice in Canada

  • instructors are subject-matter and education experts with an intimate knowledge of Canada’s health care environment

  • learning approaches incorporate multiple perspectives, include real-life, real-time activities and promote rich problem-solving among peers

  • classmates are medical and health care professionals with interests and needs similar to your own

CMA-SMA PLI Costs: after the SMA subsidy, each course seat costs only $650.

Attention: Medical students and residents

The SMA will sponsor three seats for students and three seats for residents in each course. If you are interested in one of these sponsored seats, please contact:

Students: SMSS SMA Representatives at smarep.smss@gmail.com

Residents: Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan at office@residentdoctorssk.ca 

Contact Samantha Lee for more information: (306) 244-2196 at samantha.lee@sma.sk.ca

2019 CMA-SMA In-house PLIs

Social Systems Leadership

Date: Sept. 13 -14, 2019
Location: Regina - Delta Regina Hotel Novara Ballroom

Course description:

Physicians (and many other healthcare workers) act as experts – not only because of their training, but also because the structure and culture of the health system force them into that expert role. As a result, experts can struggle to lead in the volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity of a complex system such as the Canadian healthcare system.
This course helps with the understanding and practice of systems thinking in an interactive way and makes large complex systems more understandable to live in and influence. Systems thinking will come alive through exercises, learning through a simulated organization and working on a case action plan.

Return on investment:

• Examine and discuss the complexity of the Canadian system for health and disease care.

• Develop and apply skills in sense-making to guide decisions in complicated, complex and chaotic systems.

• Determine and discuss what leadership agility skills are needed in different systems.

• Recognize and influence underlying archetypes and social systems patterns causing resistance to systemic changes.

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Course presenters: John Van Aerde & Phil Cady

Leading with Emotional Intelligence 

Date: Oct. 25-26, 2019
Location: Saskatoon – SMA Offices

Course description:

Emotional intelligence (EI) is considered a critical healthcare leadership competency, where it been demonstrated to impact effectiveness in all clinical settings—from the boardroom and chairperson's office to the ward and bedside. EI can be defined as the ability to identify, express and manage both your own emotions and others, in order to motivate, cope with stress, and help make good decisions. EI has been shown to impact the quality of care, communication, stress / burnout. This course is targeted for all physicians, regardless where they are along their career trajectory since emotional skills are always relevant. The course will utilize an indepth assessment that will highlight emotional strengths and derailers.

Return on investment:

•Learn the research that underpins emotional intelligence and leadership.

•Assess emotional intelligence along 15 sub-scales and assess the impact on your leadership.

•Acquire and practice skills to enhance emotional intelligence.

•Motivate and promote emotional intelligence in others.

•Leverage your emotional intelligence strengths and address areas for development.

This course provides an emotional intelligence assessment tool MHS Bar-On Leadership EQ-i™ Report, which you will have completed before the workshop.

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Leadership for Medical Women-FULL

Please email samantha.lee@sma.sk.ca to be added to a waiting list.

Date: Nov. 15-16, 2019
Location: Saskatoon – SMA Offices

Course description:

This course focuses on deepening self-awareness and self-knowledge in today’s medical leadership and societal context where current relevant concepts will be explored to facilitate women physicians’ next leadership development steps.Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)

Return on investment:

  • Explore the leadership direction that resonates most strongly with you
  • Leverage your natural strengths to more effectively engage others and address factors that may be limiting your success.
  • Identify what influences leadership and recognize both internal and external factors affecting the career progression of medical women today.
  • Learn specific strategies to become more effective as a medical woman leader
  • Identify opportunities to drive and support female physician leadership in our current and emerging complex health care system.

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