Statement of Cancellations Due to Covid 19.

“The SMA has been closely monitoring the current COVID 19 pandemic and is taking action to protect our members and the general public. We have been in regular contact with the CMA and our fellow provincial and territorial associations to work collaboratively to implement successful prevention and control measures. Social distancing practices are a prudent manner in which to contain the spread of the virus and protect the health of our members. This concern for the health and safety of individuals is paramount. As such, there may be changes and/or cancellations to meetings, courses and events. We will monitor the situation closely and advise our members of these decisions as soon as possible. Those affected by this will be contacted directly.”

Effective immediately, the SMA has made the decision to suspend in-person training.  Until further notice training will be done virtually. 

Please note - we are currently working with the CMA/Joule to offer the fall courses virtually. Please check back shortly for updated details. 

For more information, please contact Pam Hammel (306) 244-2196 or 

CMA - SMA Physician Leadership Institute -  2020 Courses

Engaging Others | February 7-8 - REGINA 

Leadership for Medical Women | March 6-7 - REGINA 

Managing Disruptive Behaviour | April 24-25 - SASKATOON - CANCELLED (see statement above)

Conflict Management and Negotiation | October 2-3 - VIRTUAL

Building and Leading Teams | November 27-28 - VIRTUAL


If you cancel your seat within one month of the course date, you will be issued a credit to be used towards a future SMA in-house course. Cancellations outside of one month, will receive a full refund.

Click here to register for the PLIs listed above. Please note, login is required. If you have difficulty logging in, please email

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are not an SMA member and would like to register, please contact Pam Hammel at (306) 244-2196.

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 Fees: $500/seat per course-VIRTUAL
$650/seat per course - in person 

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 Pam Hammel (306) 244-2196 or to have your name added to the student/resident waiting list for each course. A draw will be done on the following dates to fill these sponsored seat. All interested students/residents will be notified with the results. 

Draw Dates:
Engaging Others: Jan. 2
Leadership for Medical Women: Jan. 24
Managing Disruptive Behaviour: Mar. 13
Conflict Management and Negotiation: Aug. 21
Building and Leading Teams: Oct. 16


2020 CMA-SMA In-house PLIs

Engaging others

Date: February 7-8, 2020
Location: Regina, SK
Venue: Delta Hotel Regina, 1919 Saskatchewan Dr, Regina SK, S4P 4H2

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will be able to:

  • Define engagement and assess your and others engagement in the workplace.
  • Describe a strengths-based approach to building engagement.
  • Discuss strategies for motivating others and building trust.
  • Distinguish dialogue from other forms of discourse.
  • Practice powerful listening approaches to discover common ground and mutual insight.
  • Prepare the steps required for providing constructive feedback.
  • Describe the major principles behind coaching.

Leadership for medical women

Date: March 6-7, 2020
Location: Regina, SK
Venue: Delta Hotel Regina, 1919 Saskatchewan Dr, Regina, SK S4P 4H2
Presenters: Mamta Gautam: Bio, Monica Olsen: Bio

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will be able to:

  • 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.

Managing disruptive behaviour - CANCELLED-will be rescheduled at a later date.

Date: April 24-25, 2020
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Venue: Saskatchewan Medical Association, 201-2174 Airport Dr, Sakatoon, SK S7L 6M6
Presenters: Mary Yates: Bio, Paul Farnan: Bio

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will be able to:

  • Explain why managing disruptive behaviour has become relevant in today’s workplace.
  • Surface unspoken assumptions and beliefs regarding the nature and management of disruptive behaviour.
  • Distinguish between disruptive and non-disruptive behaviour.
  • Understand the impact of disruptive behaviour.
  • Identify elements of workplace/organizational culture which may influence/prompt   disruptive behaviour.
  • Identify three key components of a robust Code of Conduct and determine its effectiveness for ensuring workplace justice and for managing disruptive behaviour.
  • Summarize national trends regarding disruptive behavior
  • Discuss an approach to supporting colleagues and medical leaders
  • Apply principles of fairness, compassion and accountability by using a staged approach for resolving incidents of disruptive behaviour.
  • Discuss approaches and interventions for managing behavioural problems in the workplace.
  • Prepare for and practice a “difficult” feedback conversation.

Conflict management and negotiation

Date: October 2-3, 2020
Location: VIRTUAL
Presenters: Janice Gross Stein: Bio, Scott Comber: Bio
CME Credits:  10

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between types of conflict and conflict management styles
  • Discuss strategies for recognizing and managing conflict situations
  • Practice a model of creative collaboration to address conflict with individuals, teams and organizations
  • Describe the structures, processes, principles and currencies of effective negotiation
  • Develop strategies for managing constituencies and building coalitions
  • Practice specific negotiation strategies for real situations
  • Analyze the dynamics and politics of effective negotiation

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Building and leading teams 

Date: November 27-28, 2020
Location:  VIRTUAL
Presenter: Janice Gross Stein: Bio
Agenda-will be posted soon
CME Credits:  10

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the goals and attributes of team leadership;
  • Explore the attributes of a high-performing team;
  • Discuss how to empower teams and build a team culture;
  • Examine the special dynamics of inherited teams;
  • Identify the challenges of leading inherited teams that are dysfunctional or high-performing;
  • Demonstrate skills to lead both dysfunctional and high-performing inherited teams;
  • Diagnose conflict in a team;
  • Explore skills needed to manage different kinds of conflict in a team;
  • Practice providing timely, direct, and constructive feedback to the team as a group and to individual team members.

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