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PGME Leadership Certificate Program

Physician leadership is key to optimal patient care.  PGME is thrilled to announce the second annual Leadership Certificate Program, open to residents and fellows in all programs.  This longitudinal program based on the LEADS in a Caring Environment Capabilities Framework will consist of 8 evening sessions between September 2020 and April 2021. Through a competitive enrolment process, selected trainees will be able to advance their leadership knowledge and skills.

Certificate Details:

  • One session per month, September 2020 – April 2021
  • Time: 5 to 8:30 pm, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Requirements: The requirements for successful completion of the Certificate Program are outlined below

Certificate Eligibility:

Residents and fellows training in all programs.

Course Capacity:

Maximum 30 participants.

Structure of each session:

Part 1: Dinner and short “course recap”

Part 2: Interactive Lecture 1

Part 3: ‘Fireside chat’, a facilitated interview with a leader

Part 4:  Interactive Lecture 2

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

Program Expectations of Participants:

All participants will be expected to sign a learning contract that outlines their responsibilities over the course of the program including as outlined below under Requirements for Certificate Completion. Once accepted into the program participants will be asked to provide a brief biography with picture and a description of their planned Action Learning Project (ALP; if known) or of their area of interest(s) to other members of the cohort to promote collegiality between attendees. Further expectations are included in the Requirements for Certificate Completion below.

Requirements for Certificate Completion:

  • Attendance at a minimum of 5 teaching sessions and both ALP presentation sessions; all exceptions will require a formal written request to the course co-directors
  • Completion of all pre-readings
  • Active participation in classroom sessions
  • Participation in Reflected Best Self exercise
  • Submission of all ALP assignments and formal Reflection on time
  • Submission and presentation of final ALP
  • Participation in Small Working Group events

Action Learning Project (ALP):

The capstone project for the certificate program is the ALP.  All participants will be expected to engage in an ALP that demonstrates application of the  knowledge and/or skills acquired during the course as related to medical leadership e.g. development of a plan to disseminate leadership training to their program (academic half day, retreat); plan to approach an issue (eg quality), problem (eg harassment) or leadership position (eg chief resident, mentor)using the leadership skills acquired.  Two written interim reports and a mid way progress report presentation will be required over the course of the year; final reports on the ALPs will be featured at a scholarly venue at the end of the certificate programme.

Application Process:  Apply online from May 11th to June 8th, 2020 through Judgify:

Resident/fellow selection will be based on a review of:

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed Application (linked) including answers to 5 questions detailing their interest in participating in the leadership certificate and what they hope to get out of it, as well as commitment to attending at least 5 of 6 teaching sessions, and both ALP presentation sessions (December and April). Any exceptions will require a formal written request to one of the course co-directors.
  • Confidential Letter of support from the resident’s program director. The letter should include: 1) a description of how the resident/fellow will benefit from the certificate, 2) a commitment to support the resident/fellow in this certificate programme, and 3) a statement on the likelihood that the resident/fellow will fulfill their commitment to attending 5 of 6 teaching sessions and two orientation sessions; one monthly September through April. The letter should be sent separately to Anne Matlow at
  • Video (90 seconds) to support application intention. In lieu of an interview, describing why the individual is the ideal candidate for this certificate program. Instructions on creating and linking to your video can be found here.

For the full Curriculum, including speakers, click here.


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