The vision of the College of Medicine reads “We are leaders in improving the health and well-being of the peoples of Saskatchewan and the world.”  We need leaders in our healthcare system and in medical education that are “emparted with the leadership ability to drive health system transformation.” (From the Strategic Quality Education and Scholarship priority of the CoM).  Faculty Development aims to provide support for those faculty who are interested in taking on leadership roles.


There are many options for leadership development through courses and conferences, graduate programs and seminars.

For Educational Leaders:

Academy for Professionalism in Health Care

Academy for Professionalism in Health Care Faculty Development Certificate Leadership Excellence in Educating for Professionalism (LEEP)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC offers a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate program.

Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME)

CAME created CLIME 1.0, ICLEM 1.0 and CLIME 2.0 to develop national leaders in health sciences education and are designed to meet the needs of individuals who are engaged in leading initiatives that will promote excellence, innovation, change, and scholarship in Health Sciences. These programs are geared towards Health Sciences educators who are in a position to implement new skills in the workplace.

Harvard Macy Institute

The Harvard Macy Institute offers six professional development courses each year.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

IHI offers the ‘Leading and organizing for Change’ online course with coaching.

Johnson Shoyama

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is a partnership between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.  View  their upcoming event offerings here.

University of Toronto Centre for Faculty Development

The New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL): Excellence in Academic Health Science Leadership Advanced Certificate. 

Get the leadership training you need to succeed in academic health care. In the NEAL program, participants develop the mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit and help enable the success of their academic teams. Specifically, they become competent in the four practices of academic leadership: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational and system.

 For Clinical Leaders:

Alberta Health Services

President Speaker Series

Edwards School of Business

Edwards Executive Education offers ‘The Effective Executive Leadership Program’.

Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA)

The SMA supports the lifelong learning and professional development of its members in a number of ways.  Check out their various opportunities here.

CMA/SMA in-house PLI (Physician Leadership Institute) - various courses are available to help Saskatchewan physicians to strengthen their leadership skills.


Academic Medicine

AM Rounds: Beyond the Pages of Academic Medicine has a Podcast that discusses burnout in medical students and residents, including new recommendations from the National Academies about systems-level changes to foster well-being in learners. 

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC has compiled a virtual resource library on leading in difficult times.

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)

The CSPL provides a support and development network to Canadian physician managers.  They seek out opportunities and partnerships to increase members' exposure to quality professional development programs. 

Also view some of the CSPL COVID-19 Crisis Bulletins: 


Download this infographic on 'Leadership & Helpership during a Crisis' developed by Rob Anderson, Kara Tastad, Anson Dinh and Patrick Boreskie


CharacterLAB - How to Be Supportive: The power of presence. This article demonstrates the 'WIG' approach (What I Got).  It has useful information for leaders who are learning to use teleconferencing and other 'work from home' technologies for the first time.

International Clinician Educators (ICE Blog)

The ICE Blog promotes discussion among Clinician Educators from around the world, archiving a variety of education resources.  Check out their free ebook: Adaptive Leadership for The New MedED: The one hour read

McGill Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

View various leadership resources from the McGill Faculty Development Office


Sanokondu is a multi-national community of practice invested in healthcare leadership education. On their website you can find a wide range of open-access leadership content.

Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA)

SHA Medical Leadership

University of Toronto

Unity Health Toronto & University of Toronto Centre for Faculty Development Academic Leaders Resources provides information on effective resources related to academic leadership in the health sciences

USask Faculty Development (FD) Library

Check out the hard copies of resources we have available in Faculty Development through our library.  Scan online to view our available book titles.  All materials are available to be borrowed by contacting 

We are happy for these resources to be used by individuals in the College of Medicine or other Health Professions, anyone participating in our FD programming, as well as to have them go out to distributed teaching sites in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous Resources

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)

Indigenous Health is a priority area of the AFMC.  The AFMC's webpage on Indigenous Health is an excellent source of available resources.

The Indigenous Physicians of Canada

The Indigenous Physicians of Canada organization was formed to encourage and support First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth wishing to become medical doctors, to support those already in training or practice and to promote the work of its members in their many capacities and disciplines.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

View the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action report


USask Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Continuing Medical Education offers a course on Indigenous Wellness, which Faculty Development highly recommends.  Visit their website to view a list of all upcoming courses. 

USask Division of Social Accountability (DSA)

The College of Medicine Division of Social Accountability has many resources and events to support your work in this area.  Please visit their website.


Why is this important?
There is a huge need for physician leadership in the university, in rural communities and within the health care system. Taking on a leadership role can be invigorating and exciting but also overwhelming if you do not have the basic training to assist you in your role. There is a huge body of literature and opportunities to develop as a leader.

Need help?
You can discuss this with your Department Head, contact the SMA for the Physician Leadership Institute courses in your area and talk to a mentor. You can also look at a graduate program or explore the MBA through the Edwards School of Business in SK.

Want to learn more?
Contact FD to learn about CoM and USask programs. Visit the SMA and CMA site as well.

How can I build on this?
If you have taken some leadership courses and want to do more, there are many options available including Harvard Macy Courses that are supported to help you grow and develop as an effective leader in your role.

Tracking your Thinking

Thinking about your thinking – click here to download and use this template to record  “process notes” to reflect on what you want to use or take away from this page.  This can be similar to writing a progress note on patient care.  Download this pdf and keep it as a record.  Write out your comments on what you are learning and come back to this from time to time to see how your thoughts and feelings are changing.  Review what you have written and re-comment on how you are applying what you are learning to your day to day practice.