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We are excited to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 McMaster Psychiatry Leadership Skills Development Program. The program has undergone a substantial redesign to offer a broader exposure to leadership principles and practices that extend outside academic medicine. We would invite you to consider participating. 

Leadership Workshop Speakers & Program

What is the McMaster Psychiatry Leadership Skills Development Program?

The program includes: a) a series of bimonthly half-day workshops facilitated by distinguished leaders from business and industry, high-performance athletes, and health care organizations; b) meetings of facilitated Communities of Practice (CoPs) that allow for in-depth and candid discussion of leadership challenges and other professional issues; and c) multiple assessments of leadership skills and areas for improvement. In previous years, participants have felt that the program enabled them to increase their skills and confidence in leadership roles and we are confident that this year will be no exception.

Who is the program suitable for?

The program is ideally suited for faculty or residents in the Department who are currently or will be in the near future playing a leadership role within a team, program or organization. Interested individuals who do not have an identified leadership role are also encouraged to apply.

Who are some of the featured workshop speakers?

Leadership Workshop Speakers

When does the program run and what is the commitment?

The program will run from September 2018 to May 2019 with sessions on Friday mornings from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm:

  • September 7, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • January 11, 2019
  • March 1, 2019

Participation in the program requires a year-long commitment. 

Will I receive a certificate?

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

How do I apply? (Due Date - extended to: August 15, 2018)

Entry into the program is by application and final decisions will be made by the program facilitators. Interested individuals must complete and submit the following documents:  to Joanne Milne by August 15, 2018:

  1. Leadership Program Application
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please submit these documents via ​email to Joanne Milne ( by August 15, 2018.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions, please contact one of the program facilitators:

Michael Amlung, Co-Facilitator
Assistant Professor

Lindsey George, Co-Facilitator
Lead Psychiatrist, HFHT

Sid Stacey, Co-Facilitator
Director of Administration

Leadership Skills Development Program

Leadership Program Overview

A key to the long-term success of any department is to be able to develop and support current and future leaders and provide them with the skills and insights that will enable them to perform at the highest level as they take on leadership roles and tasks. 

While there are many opportunities for leadership training, including our own Faculty of Health Science's Leadership Program, for the last 4 years our Department has offered a foundational leadership skills development program, which is open to all faculty, learners and staff interested in improving their performance in their current leadership roles, or preparing them for roles they are likely to take on in the near future. 

The program includes 4 learning sessions looking at general leadership skills (including managing crucial conversations), Communities of Practice of 6 to 8 people - including one just for residents in leadership roles, and opportunities for mentoring. Details of the goals, format of the program and outline of the learning sessions for previous years can be found here.

We look forward to another productive leadership program.

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, or applying for this years program which will begin in October, please contact Joanne Milne

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