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PGME Leadership Certificate Program

Physician leadership is key to optimal patient care.  PGME is thrilled to be introducing its inaugural Leadership Certificate Program, open to residents in all programs.  This longitudinal program based on the LEADS in a Caring Environment Capabilities Framework will consist of 7 evening sessions between September 2019 and April 2020. Through a competitive enrolment process, selected trainees will be able to advance their leadership knowledge and skills.

Certificate Details:

  • One session per month, September 2019 – April 2020, Tuesday or Wednesday,
  • Time: 5 to 8:30 pm, location TBD,
  • Requirements: Assigned prereadings, action learning project (see below).

Certificate Eligibility:

Residents training in all programs.  Must commit to attending 6 of 7 sessions.

Structure of each session:

Part 1: ‘Fireside chat’, a facilitated interview with a leader whose experiences resonate with the day’s theme

Part 2:  Two topics delivered as didactic and interactive sessions by content experts

The goal of each session is to familiarize students with essential components of leadership and provide tools and skills to improve their leadership capabilities.  The curriculum is outlined below.

Action Learning Project (ALP):  All participants will be required to complete an ALP that demonstrates application of the knowledge and/or skills acquired during the course. Examples include: development of a plan to disseminate leadership training to your program (academic half day, retreat); plan to approach an issue, problem or leadership position using the leadership skills acquired; development of a Chief Resident Leadership Skills package (local impact).   ALPs will be presented in April 2020 at the Leadership Poster and Presentation Day.

Course Capacity: Maximum 20 participants for the inaugural year.

Enrolment Process / Resident selection:

Apply online via Judgify

  • Candidate’s completed application includes:
    • Personal information (name, program, year of training, etc)
    • Application questions (linked) answered as per instructions
    • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
    • Video from the Candidate: 90 seconds, in lieu of interviews, describing how the resident will benefit from the certificate programme. Instructions on creating and linking to your video can be found here.
    • A Confidential Letter of Support from the Resident’s Program Director, should be sent separately to Dr. Anne Matlow at, and  should include: 1) a description of how the resident will benefit from the certificate, 2) a commitment to support the resident in this certificate programme, and 3) a statement on the likelihood that the resident will fulfill their commitment to attending 6 of the 7 sessions.
  • The application process will be open from May 13th through June 10th, 2019.

For the full Curriculum, including speakers, click here.


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