Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)

2018 CMA-SMA In-house PLIs

Crucial Conversations 

Date: Sept. 14-15 , 2018
Location: Regina – DoubleTree by Hilton 

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Professionalism & Ethics  

Date: Oct. 19-20, 2018
Location: Saskatoon – SMA Offices

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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

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

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

Course descriptions:

Crucial Conversations

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. When communication is candid and respectful, it allows all perspectives and issues to surface and leads to the best decisions or direction. On some issues, differences of opinion are significant, the stakes are high in terms of outcomes and emotions are strong. These situations require Crucial Conversations.

Research by VitalSmarts has identified a key difference between good and great leaders: great leaders achieve results even when the issue or conversation is crucial. Crucial Conversations helps you master the skills you need to handle high-stakes issues, while remaining candid and respectful, to achieve better results and establish better relationships.

Unique to this offering is that this Crucial Conversations course is taught by trained physician faculty members of the Canadian Society for Physician Executives.

Return on investment

  • Acquire the skills to engage others in addressing challenging issues while retaining or enhancing the relationship.
  • Understand when a conversation or issue becomes crucial, and learn how to stay in conversation to move toward resolution and action.
  • Identify the challenges facing physician leaders in the health care system and acquire practical tools to deal with them.

Professionalism & Ethics

Ethical, moral and professional dilemmas arise daily in medicine. As physician leaders, you play a key role in helping to prevent, identify and resolve ethical and professional conflicts. This two-day course provides a foundation of relevant ethical concepts with decision-making tools and resources for commonly encountered challenges. Building on these concepts, we will analyze professionalism from an individual and systems perspective. Using collegial conversations, we will explore the role of physicians, leaders and institutions to create environments that promote compassionate and accountable behaviour.

Return on investment

  • Understand and explain relevant ethical concepts and principles as they apply to leadership roles
  • Identify and address ethical dilemmas and conflicts that arise in day-to-day management
  • Incorporate current understanding of medical professionalism in your leadership strategy, including collegial conversation skills
  • Use resources and tools for effective decision-making and reflection.

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 incentives 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.

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 website where you will find information on all available PLI courses.