Certificate in Leadership

The PGME office will be continuing the Certificate in Leadership Series presented by Dr. Sean Caine. Dr. Caine is an emergency physician at London Health Science Centre and an Assistant Professor at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. Prior to moving to London, he worked in the GTA at both North York General Hospital, where he was the Director of Education for the Emergency Department and a committee member for North York’s national EM Update Conference, and at University Health Network. He has completed a Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teaching and Education at the Dalla Lana School for Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also the Peer-for-Peer Wellbeing Lead for the Division of Emergency Medicine. 

The certificate series includes 4 sessions held virtually through Zoom on the following dates:

Emotional Intelligence on Thursday Nov. 16, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm

Emotional Intelligence has been correlated as a key indicator of human performance and development. In this session, we will outline a working definition of Emotional Intelligence and explore how an improved understanding of our own emotional intelligence can enhance our performance as physicians and leaders.

Teamwork on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm

“The reframe that’s needed in healthcare is to call explicit and unrelenting attention to the interdependence of the work.” Medicine is becoming increasingly more complex. In this session, we will develop an understanding of how we can amplify our voices through teamwork and collaboration.

Leadership on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm

Doris Kearns once said that great leaders have the “ability to utilize talent, skills and emotional intelligence to mobilize people to a common purpose – to make a positive difference in people’s lives.” Nowhere is this more important than in medicine. In this session, we will reflect on why a greater sense of self reflection and awareness is required for effective leadership.

Wellness on Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm

Perhaps one of the biggest existential threats to healthcare is the impact on the well-being of the workforce. Now, more than ever, we are observing how our professions impact us personally. Our ability to recover and be present for our patients is becoming more and more challenging. In this session, we will explore various micro and macro influences on our own wellbeing. We will discuss how a better understanding of our environmental and personal attributes will help us to be better equipped to manage the complexities of healthcare.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the Certificate in Leadership series, please contact your Program Administrator.

If you have questions, please contact Scott MacGregor, PGME Educational Developer at scott.macgregor@schulich.uwo.ca.

Transition to Practice

After the discontinuation of the CMA's Joule program for physicians transitioning to practice, PGME has been working to develop a T2P program. We are expecting that program to be ready to launch in the Fall of 2024.

In the meantime, please take a look at our T2P Resources Overview document and this link to past CMA Joule resources and resources from HealthForce Ontario.


Future Session Information

Next Session Date: Fall 2024

The Transition to Practice sessions can help you develop the skills you need to transition from residency into practice. Presented by practicing physicians and tailored to Ontario, upcoming sessions may include topics such as:

Transition to Business and Business in Medicine:

  • To-Do's When Starting In Practice
  • Setting Up a Practice and Staffing
  • How To Bill and Get Paid
  • Contracts and Negotiation
  • Resources For New Physicians

Financial Essentials for Physicians:

  • Financial and Debt Management
  • Investing
  • Incorporation
  • Taxes

Stay tuned for session registration details.

CMPA Patient Safety Primer: medico-legal essentials for residents

(Formerly known as CMPA Prepped for Practice: medico-legal essentials residents)

This 3.5-hour interactive, virtual workshop provides high quality medico-legal education for first year Family Medicine and second year Royal College residents. The workshop meets specific medico-legal accreditation standards and will help residents attain key competencies in CanMEDS and CanMEDS-FM roles.

About the Workshop

Residents will explore a case study facilitated by CMPA physician advisors and will identify practical strategies to mitigate medico-legal risk and improve patient safety through:

  • Electronic learning activities to be completed before the workshop
  • Small group breakout activities
  • Facilitated debriefs and large group discussion
  • A dedicated Q&A session with legal counsel and a CMPA physician advisor

Topics covered: informed consent, documentation, disclosure of a patient safety incident (accident in Québec), and teamwork.

Click here to register - stay tuned for more dates to be added throughout 2023-24 - and additional resources.

Past Events & Available Resources:

  • Digital Wellness. Recording available here.
  • EDID-I, You, Me and Everyone. The Way Forward. Recording available here
  • Your CPSO with Dr. Rob Gratton, recording available here.
  • Resident Toolkit: Teaching Other Residents
  • Hidden Curriculum
  • Ontario Health Force - Transition to Practice & Job Opportunities
    • The Transition into Practice Toolkit (TiPS)
    • In addition to the Transition in to Practice Service toolkit, Health Workforce Advisors offer free advisory services through Practice Ontario that provide medical residents with personal job-search assistance for locum and permanent opportunities, and transition in to practice advice. Register your interest here.
  • Patient Safety Webinar (stay tuned for link)
    • This course is designed to provide an overview of the key themes in patient safety and introduce participants to the science of safety and factors that affect patient safety in healthcare settings. This course reviews the patient safety environment in Canada while examining the role and interactions of healthcare providers, organizational systems, and patients and families.

Ongoing Online Educational Opportunities for Residents

To support short-term resident learning goals, there are free e-learning educational opportunities easily accessible from home for residents.  There are various topics to support both academic and professional learning goals.  Programs are encouraged to share these available free resources with their residents.   

Canadian Medical Assocation (CMA)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Whether you ​are looking for new ideas for health care improvement, want to get results in a particular area, or are ready to take your organization to a new level of performance, IHI has educational programs and training to help you. IHI offers virtual training, as well as online courses and other web-based education.

Free asynchonous online courses in healthcare quality improvement are available to residents. Click here to learn more. 

Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

A CMPA Good Practice Guide is a free Canadian resource available to residents, focusing on medical-legal risk reduction and contributing to a safe medical practice. The guide includes:

  • Patient Safety
  • Teams
  • Communication
  • Managing Risk
  • Human Factors
  • Adverse Events
  • Professionalism
There is also an accompanying Faculty Guide that provides tips and suggestions for using the student and faculty sections effectively. 
The CMPA also offers eLearning on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) privacy and confidentiality, negligence and civil liability, informed consent, inform discharge, documentation, and more. Visit this link to see their full list of offerings. 

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

As your teams continue to plan and schedule your academic half days, the OMA is now offering virtual workshops that can help suit your program curriculum and the various stages of CBME. You will provided with clear, objective information and advice in a highly informative and interactive session.

Hosting an Academic Half Day virtually with the OMA presents an opportunity to discuss some vital topics that can help support resident's personal and professional financial goals.  An OMA academic event enables residents to walk away confident to make informed decisions about protecting themselves and their families throughout their careers. 

Below are some of the topics that are currently being delivered to over 50 resident groups across the province:

Transition to Residency:

  • Understanding your PARO Benefits
  • Physician Financial Risk Management 101

Transition to Practice

  • Practice protection: Personal and Professional
  • Pre-retirement Planning: It's never too early

OMA Contact: If you are interested in learning more or utilizing the community services offered by the OMA, please contact Sarah Tufts, OMA Insurance Education & Engagement Specialist