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, all PLI courses will be held virtually until further notice." 

For more information, please contact Delilah Dueck (306) 244-2196 or 


CMA - SMA Physician Leadership Institute -  2021 Courses

(The full 2021 in-house PLI course schedule will be released shortly.)

Leading Change | January 22-23 - VIRTUAL - Registration is open


If you register and 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 to be used within one year. Cancellations received outside of one month, will be given a full refund.

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Please note:

  • SMA membership is mandatory to attend our in-house PLI courses. All members must log into the SMA website to register.  If you have difficulty logging in, please email
  • These courses are open to Saskatchewan physicians, medical learners and associated stakeholders. If you are not an SMA member and would like to register, please contact Delilah Dueck at (306) 244-2196 or
  • Registration will be based on a first come first serve basis. Successful registrants will be sent a link for payment. Once full, all others will be placed on a waiting list. 
  • Maximum capacity - 30 seats per course. 

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 a maximum of two seats for students and two seats for residents in each course. If you are interested in one of these sponsored seats, please contact Delilah Dueck (306) 244-2196 or  to have your name added to the student/resident waiting list for each course. A draw may be done to award these seats. 


2021 CMA-SMA In-house PLIs

Leading Change 

Date: January 22-23, 2021
Location: Virtual
Agenda: This course will run 10:00-4:30 both days. 
Faculty: Joshua Tepper - bio | Brian Golden - bio
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Working as a physician in our complex health care system, you may encounter many frustrations―perhaps with the pace of change, with lack of time or appropriate support, effective communication with the administration, even troublesome or disinterested colleagues. It’s no wonder many physicians cite leading change as one of the topics they want to learn about the most.

In this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will learn the strategies you need to motivate, implement and sustain change in the complex system you practice. Although the course structure is guided by key readings and insight from your instructors, it is primarily conversation and experience based. Anticipate participating in discussions as you work through the challenges you are facing in real-time.


  • better understand your leadership style and build a shared vision;
  • Influence organizational culture, persuade stakeholders and minimize opposition;
  • implement a systematic approach to tackling the challenges and opportunities related to change;
  • identify organizational enablers and barriers to change;
  • build and maintain the relationships in your network;
  • accept, anticipate and learn from failure; and
  • develop resilience.