EDITORIAL: Embracing progress

Physicians, more than most, understand that change is the only constant. In navigating the ever-evolving landscape of health care, the theme that resonates most is “innovate and evaluate.” These principles are the pillars that form the foundation of effective physician leadership, guiding your pursuit of excellence and relevance. read more

2024 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

CCPL2024 is undergoing a transformation! Get ready for a conference experience like never before – designed to tackle the issues that matter most to you.  read more

ADVICE: The physician executive’s crash course on AI in health care

There are excellent longer reads on this topic,1,2 but if you don’t have the time to delve into them — or as the younger generation calls it TLDR (too long, didn’t read) — here is a quick framing that will help you be well informed as you navigate the crucial conversations you should be having about artificial intelligence (AI) in health care. read more

REFLECTION: Co-leadership in health services: a dyad case study

Providing health services is complex. In the Canadian public sector, such services commonly involve formal co-leadership dyads of physicians and administrators, yet not much is published about these arrangements. This article aims to address this gap in knowledge by briefly reviewing related publications and then describing and reflecting on a co-leadership dyad in specialized mental health services. The article illustrates associated quality assurance and improvement activities and their outputs and presents reflections on pertinent challenges and opportunities for co-leadership, concluding with suggestions for related progress across mental and other health services.  read more

PERSPECTIVE: Leadership lessons learned

As I come to the end of my tenure as president and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, I have had time to reflect on the last 12 years of my career and things I have learned about leadership. Here are my top 10. read more

PROFILE: Dr. Gary Ernest

This Liverpool, Nova Scotia, family physician aims to use decades of experience and a new PhD to make a far-reaching impact on the health system. read more

ADVICE: New Year’s resolutions: from SMART to FUN

The start of a new year always brings new hope. We take time to reflect on the past year, what we had hoped to do and how successful we were, and endeavour to do better. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, setting specific goals that we hope to achieve in the coming year. Perhaps we start off with great enthusiasm and motivation. However, as we return to work after the holidays, we often get caught up in our usual responsibilities and behaviours. Despite our best intentions, our resolutions fall to the side, waiting until we have time and energy to attend to them. read more

Evolution of women physician leadership at the Ottawa Hospital, 2011–2022: a mixed method study by the Women Physician Leadership Committee

Purpose: To assess the evolution of women physician leadership after implementation of initiatives introduced by the Women Physician Leadership Committee (WPLC) from 2011 to 2022 at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). Methods: We conducted a mixed-methods study using a transformative sequential research design. During phase 1 (2011–2022), we held three rounds of semi-structured interviews with division and departments heads. The results were organized into eight themes, providing insight into TOH’s work environment and culture. In phase 2, we determined the number of women physicians holding privileges and leadership positions at TOH in 2011, 2016, and 2022. read more

BOOK REVIEW: Death Interrupted: How Modern Medicine Is Complicating the Way We Die

In Death Interrupted, Dr. Blair Bigham tries to define what death is and when it occurs. The closer the place of death to intensive care settings, the more difficult it becomes. read more