Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)

Upcoming CMA/SMA in-house courses - save the date!

Registration is now open! Please follow this link to register. 

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 enrol 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

After the SMA subsidiy, each course costs only $650.

Contact Delilah Dueck for more information: (306) 657-4568 or

Attention medical students and residents:

As part of our on-going commitment to provide leadership to our Saskatchewan medical learners, the SMA will sponsor three seats per course for students, and three seats per course for residents. If you are interested in one of these seats, please contact the following people:
Students:  SMA SR rep: Brooke Hoffman at
Residents:  RDoS office at

Are you part of a mentorship program?

The SMA is offering some new incentives this year for participants in the following mentorship programs to attend our in-house courses:

Synergy: When a physician/resident mentor purchases a seat, their mentee student may attend for free.
Please note: this offer is for one course per year and mentor/mentee must attend the same course.

PEERism: Student mentor/mentee pairs may purchase two seats for the price of one.
Please note: this offer is for one course per year and mentor/mentee must attend the same course.

docs4docs: mentor and mentee, when attending a course together, will receive a reimbursement of $150.00 each upon completion of the course.
Please note: this offer pertains to all four courses.

Course descriptions

Leading Change | May 26-27, 2017

Location: Saskatoon, Venue: SMA offices
Facilitators: Mr. Brian Golden and Dr. Susan Lieff
13.5 CME credits (Mainpro+ and MOC)
Course Agenda

Physician leadership is crucial to successful positive change in the health system. This course recognizes that leading change is both an art and a science and will show you how to develop strategies to motivate, implement and sustain change, and how to implement these strategies. You will have the opportunity to discuss real issues facing your health care organization and time to practise techniques in team exercises. Register now.

Self-Awareness and Effective Leadership | June 23-24, 2017

Location: Regina, Venue: Delta Regina
Facilitators: Mr. Jamie Campbell and Mr. Paul Mohapel

13 CME credits (Mainpro+ and MOC)
Course Agenda

Self-awareness means having a strong sense of who you are, what you can do and where you’re going as a leader — coupled with the ability to manage your communication, emotions and behaviours. In this course, you will gain insight into the personal attributes essential for effective leadership. You will be equipped with a variety of tools and techniques to help you assess your personal leadership capacity, enhance your ability to influence and lead others and create positive, enduring work relationships. Register now.

Crucial Conversations | Sept. 29-30, 2017

Location: Regina, Venue: Delta Regina
Facilitator: Dr. Monica Branigan

13.5 CME credits (Mainpro+ and MOC)
Course Agenda

Joule and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders have partnered once again to bring you Crucial Conversations© — a VitalSmarts© product. As a physician leader, much of your time is spent interacting with others to achieve desired outcomes. On some issues, differences of opinion are significant, the stakes are high in terms of outcomes and emotions are strong. Crucial Conversations helps you master the skills you need to handle high-stakes issues, while remaining candid and respectful, so you can achieve better results and establish better relationships. Register now.

Dollars and Sense | Nov. 17-18, 2017

Location: Saskatoon, Venue: SMA offices
Facilitators: Mr. Ian McKillop and Mr. Jeffrey Hoch

13.5 CME credits (Mainpro+ and MOC)
Course Agenda

How much is enough health care? Just how many tests should be ordered? Is the care cost-effective? In this course, you will learn how to resolve these and other fundamental economic dilemmas in health care. Learn how to interpret financial statements, identify high-performing hospitals and determine the real costs of choosing among alternatives, such as “fix versus replace.” Looking at how costs behave, you’ll be able to calculate a contribution margin, understand the concept of break even and determine the optimal action when resource demand exceeds availability. Register now.

Unable to attend SMA's CMA in-house PLI courses?

If you are unable to attend the SMA’s CMA PLI in-house courses, the CMA offers open enrollment courses at a national level. Please follow this link to the CMA’s 2017 PLI catalogue where you will find information on all available PLI courses, the CMA’s open enrollment PLI schedule, and the LEADS Framework.


You may pay for your PLI course online with Visa or MasterCard.

Please click here to access the payment form.

If you would like to pay by cheque, please send your payment to the SMA office at the following address:

Saskatchewan Medical Association
#201 - 2174 Airport Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7L 6M6
(Cheques are payable to “Saskatchewan Medical Association”)