CMA/Joule - SMA
Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)

Please Note:  due to the pandemic, all CMA/Joule-SMA PLI in-house courses will be held virtually until further notice.

Why choose a CMA/Joule-SMA In-house PLI course?

No matter where you are in your career - practising physician, medical student or resident - the CMA/Joule Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) will prepare you to be a more effective leader. The CMA/Joule PLI is the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) leadership development program.

With targeted funding, the SMA has brought the CMA/Joule PLI series in-house, delivering the courses at a reduced cost to our members.

When you enroll in a CMA/Joule 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

2021 CMA/Joule - SMA In-House Course Schedule


January 22, 23Leading Change  
February 26, 27, 28 | Coaching for Excellence 
September 18 & 24* | Leadership Strategies for Sustainable Physician Engagement


October 15 & 23* | Personal Leadership: Identifying your Core Values & Visions
VIRTUAL - Registration is now closed. 

November 19 & 27* | Leading High-Performance Culture

November 25, December 2 & 9*Developing and Leading System Improvement
(This course has been rescheduled from the April 16, 23 & 30 dates.) 

*Please note the dates of this course - training is held one week apart to allow for more effective learning. 

Registration Information:

  • Registration/Payment: All registrations and credit card payments will now be done through CMA/Joule through the "Register HERE" links provided on this web page. If a member would like to use a credit obtained from a previous cancelled course, has a seat sponsorship, is a student/resident, or would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact Delilah Dueck (306) 244-2196 or for further instructions.  
  • Cancellation Policy: Registrants who cancel within one month of the course date will be issued a credit to be used towards a future CMA/Joule - SMA in-house course. This credit will have a one year expiration date. Cancellations received prior to one month, will be given a full refund. Please contact Delilah Dueck (306) 244-2196 or for cancellations. 
  • Eligibility to Attend: These courses are open to Saskatchewan physicians, medical learners and associated stakeholders. SMA/CMA membership is mandatory to attend our in-house PLI courses.  If you are an associated stakeholder and would like more information on how to register, please contact Delilah Dueck at (306) 244-2196 or
  • Maximum capacity - 30 seats per course. 


CMA/Joule-SMA In-house PLI Fees:

  • $500/seat per course-VIRTUAL 

Attention: Medical students and residents

The SMA will sponsor four seats for medical students/residents per 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/Joule-SMA In-house PLIs

Leading Change  

Date: January 22 - 23 
Location: Virtual
Agenda: This course will run from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day. 
Faculty: Joshua Tepper - bio | Brian Golden - bio
Registration is closed. 


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.

Coaching for Excellence 

Date: February 26, 27, 28
Location: Virtual
CME Credits: 11.5
Agenda:  This course will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day.
Faculty: Paul Mohapel - bio | Susan Lieff - bio
Registration is closed. 


There are many facets to people leadership. Coaching is one facet increasingly being adopted to unlock people’s potential and to maximize performance. This course helps you discover ways to practically apply coaching skills in a variety of contexts. As your workplace continues to shift towards a team-based, collaborative environment, these skills can be used to support and optimize the performance of those around you — colleagues, patients, administrators or other stakeholders. You will learn to build a coaching culture that maximizes strengths and supports greater capacity to find creative solutions to challenging situations.


  • Address opportunities in the medical context where coaching can be useful
  • ​Explain the nature of the coaching relationship and the mindset required for successful coaching
  • ​Discuss how coaching can contribute to engagement for individual and team performance
  • Identify strategies for establishing a coaching relationship
  • Describe a model of coaching that can be used by physicians 
  • ​Practise coaching skills of listening, inquiry and support
  • ​Develop a plan for using coaching in your work context


Leadership Strategies for Sustainable Physician Engagement

Date: September 18 & 24
Location: Virtual
CME Credits: TBD
Agenda:   This course will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.
Faculty: Graham Dickson - bio | John Van Aerde - bio
Registration is closed. 


Getting physicians’ attention, involvement and commitment.

Physician engagement is vital to the success of Canadian health reform. However, external barriers and internal motivation can impact a physician’s ability to take the lead and move forward with quality improvement initiatives. Culture, organizational structure and politics can also significantly impact engagement.

This program provides physicians with the knowledge, skills and abilities – and the opportunity – to use those attributes to construct an action plan and gain collaboration. Participants can become active leaders, bringing about effective physician engagement wherever they work – whether as clinicians in primary or hospital care or as system administrators.


  • Assess the impact of physician engagement on the health system, and its importance in improving the quality of patient care
  • Review the evidence underpinning efforts to improve physician engagement
  • Increase your awareness and in-depth knowledge of current efforts underway across Canada to improve physician engagement
  • Determine the optimal processes of physician engagement to discriminate good practices from bad practices, and personally determine the degree to which you might wish to be involved in such enterprises
  • Explore what effect organizational efforts to improve physician engagement would have on your personal experience at work
  • Construct your personal action plan for improving physician engagement in the context of your own workplace in relation to your personality, work-life balance needs, and professional goals

Personal Leadership: Identifying your Core Values & Visions

Date: October 15 & 23 
Location: Virtual
CME Credits: TBD

Agenda:  This course will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day.
Faculty: Jamie Campbell - bio 
Registration is closed. 


To lead others, you must first know yourself. Personal leadership and self-awareness is having a strong sense of self, and knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are. This core course promotes greater self-awareness as you learn to examine your values and principles, thinking patterns, assumptions and leadership vision.

The course uses a variety of tools and techniques to help you develop the selfawareness you need to identify and build your approach to leadership. In the course, you will explore the complexity of roles, values, challenges and satisfactions of physician leadership. You will discuss the relevance of your personal values and vision in becoming an effective leader. You will establish a personal vision to guide you in decision-making and create a professional development action plan for your leadership practice.


  • Explore the complexity of roles, values, challenges and satisfactions of physician leadership
  • Discuss the relevance of your personal values in your effectiveness as a leader
  • Establish a personal leadership vision to guide your decision-making
  • Discuss techniques for enhanced emotional resonance with yourself and others
  • Create a professional development action plan for your leadership practice

Leading High-Performance Culture

Date: November 19 & 27
Location: Virtual
CME Credits: 12
Agenda: This course will run from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day.
Faculty: Monica Olsen: bio | Paul Mohapel: bio
Register: HERE


Learn to understand and leverage corporate culture. 

Paying attention to culture when leading change initiatives and implementing strategy is an often neglected yet critical aspect of leadership. Over 70% of change initiatives fail due to the lack of appropriate attention to organizational culture. Effective leaders have an awareness and understanding of the underlying organizational culture dynamics, and are able to leverage them for success.

With cutting-edge research and relevant case studies, this course will reveal how organizational culture impacts most aspects of leadership. It will assist both formal and informal physician leaders to assess and impact their organizational culture. Participants will learn specific strategies to design and shape the culture in more intentional directions, while managing the risks of culture dynamics. The course will emphasize “hands-on”, practical application to help establish effective leadership skills and processes that cultivate healthy cultures that help support change initiatives and promote innovation in various contexts, from work groups to larger programs or sites.


  • Describe how the (physician) leader connects strategy, culture and leadership
  • Develop skills to lead change initiatives through a cultural framework that identifies the current and ideal future states
  • Evaluate and explain how best to leverage culture to enhance workplace relationships and promote innovation
  • Construct a culture sustainment strategy to align the system, build (leadership and front-line) capability, integrate a culture measurement system, and manage misaligned behaviours

Developing and Leading System Improvement

Date: November 25, December 2 & 9  
Location: Virtual
CME Credits: 14.5
Agenda: This course will run from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM each day.
Faculty: Kishore Visvanathan - bio | Katherine Stevenson - bio
Register: HERE


The fundamentals of improving patient care. 

How can health care leaders continuously improve patient outcomes? In today’s challenging landscape, it’s important to know how to monitor processes, analyze organizational structures and measure outcomes. A quality improvement (QI) framework can help you do that.

Through lecture, small-group work and hands-on learning, this Physician Leadership Institute course will introduce you to the QI tools and methods required to lead system improvement. You will also have the opportunity to develop a plan to improve an area in your organization. 


  • Apply QI theory and science to your work
  • Examine patterns and processes within your organization that need to change
  • Use the Model for Improvement to implement change
  • Develop a quality improvement plan to improve processes for your organization


For more information on CMA/Joule - SMA In-house PLI courses:

Please contact Delilah Dueck (306) 244-2196 or