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Leadership Program

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2019-2020 McMaster Psychiatry Leadership Skills Development Program. This will be the second year of our redesigned leadership development curriculum, which includes a broad exposure to leadership principles and practices that extend outside academic medicine. We would invite you to consider participating. 

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) 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 senior residents (PGY 4-5) 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. New faculty members in the Department are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.

Who are some of the featured workshop speakers?

2019 Leadership Workshop Speakers

When does the program run and what is the commitment?

The program will run from September 2019 to May 2020 with sessions on Friday mornings from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm:

  • September 6, 2019
  • November 1, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • March 6, 2020

Participation in the program requires a year-long commitment, but the overall time investment is very reasonable (one morning per month). 

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, 2019)

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, 2019:

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

Please submit these documents via ​email to Joanne Milne ( by August 15, 2019.

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 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 5 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 half-day workshop learning sessions looking at general leadership skills (including leading self and engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformations), Communities of Practice of 8 to 10 people - including one just for residents in leadership roles, and opportunities for mentoring.

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 ​September, please contact Joanne Milne

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