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PGME Leadership Certificate Program

Physician leadership is key to optimal patient care.  PGME is thrilled to announce the third annual Leadership Certificate Program. This longitudinal program based on the LEADS in a Caring Environment Capabilities Framework will consist of 8 formal curricular evening sessions and 4-6 near peer mentorship sessions between September 2021 and April 2022. Through a competitive enrolment process, selected learners will be able to advance their leadership knowledge and skills.

Certificate Details:

  • Monthly sessions, September 2021 – April 2022
  • Time: 5 to 8:30 pm, virtually, subject to change according to COVID status
  • Facilitated near peer mentorship groups, arranged by the group (about 5 sessions/year)
  • Action Learning Project (see below)

Eligibility to Apply:

Trainees in all programs, and Year 4 Undergraduate students at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine who have been matched to training programs in Toronto in the upcoming academic year are invited to apply. All applicants must ensure they will be registered as a trainee in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine for the entire period from July 2021 through April 2022.

Course Capacity:

Maximum 30 participants.

Curriculum:

The curriculum is designed around the five domains of the LEADS framework: Leading Self, Engaging Others, Achieving Results, Developing Coalitions and Systems Transformation, with most sessions focusing on one of these domains.  At each session, after a brief check in and recap of the prior month’s learnings, one or two interactive workshops and a fireside chat, which is a facilitated interview with a medical leader, are held.  See the 2020-2021 curriculum as an example of the types of sessions offered.

The formal curriculum is enhanced by near peer mentorship groups facilitated by a faculty member.

Action Learning Project (ALP):

The capstone project for the certificate program is the ALP.  All participants will be expected to engage in an ALP that demonstrates application of the knowledge and/or skills acquired during the course as related to medical leadership. E.g. a teaching, learning or assessment issue you have encountered (eg:  supervision of junior trainees; regular and timely assessment reports from supervisors; having a voice on committees; developing a leadership seminar/curriculum for your program); or a systems issue that you have encountered that impacts patient care (eg: access to timely diagnostic imaging; wait times in clinic).

Program Expectations of Participants:

All participants will be expected to sign a learning contract that outlines their responsibilities over the course of the program as per the following Requirements for Certificate Completion:

Requirements for Certificate Completion:

  • Attendance at a minimum of 5 of 6 teaching sessions and both ALP presentation sessions; all exceptions will require a formal written request to the course co-directors
  • Completion of all pre-readings
  • Active participation in classroom sessions
  • Participation in Reflected Best Self exercise
  • Submission of all ALP assignments and formal Reflection on time
  • Presentation of final ALP
  • Participation in Small Working Group events

Application Process:  Apply online from May 11th to June 15th, 2021 through Judgify: https://www.judgify.me/PGMELCP-2021-2022.

Applicant selection will be based on a review of a complete submission by the deadline including:
For all applicants:

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed Application (linked)
  • Letter of attestation as per below

For PG Trainees:
Confidential Letter/email of attestation from the trainee’s Program Director, as follows:
To: Anne Matlow (anne.matlow@utoronto.ca)
Re: name of trainee
I attest that:

  • The above trainee is in good standing in the current program
  • The above trainee has my full support to participate in the Leadership Certificate Program
  • The above trainee will be ensured allowances that enable them to commit to attending all sessions (e.g. call scheduling and switches)

For UG Students:
Confidential Letter/email of attestation from the student’s upcoming Program Director, as follows:
To: Anne Matlow (anne.matlow@utoronto.ca)
Re: name of student
I attest that:

  • The above student who will be in my training program in the upcoming academic year has my full support to participate in the Leadership Certificate Program
  • The above student who will be in my training program in the upcoming academic year will be ensured allowances that enable them to commit to attending all sessions (e.g. call scheduling and switches)

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