Leadership opportunities

LEAD Program student Varuna PrakashLEAD Program student Effective leadership is essential to improving health and transforming the health care system. 

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program  

Director: Dr. Geoff Anderson

History of the LEAD Program

Effective leadership is essential to the success of health care delivery and the improvement of health. However, historically there was no clear training path for physicians in training who aspired to lead and in particular there had been no systematic attempt to nurture and support leadership skills during undergraduate medical education. In 2010, the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME) agreed to work together to develop a new program that would provide medical students with a solid foundation of values, skills and experiences that would allow them to realize their full potential as leaders and that would be an important step in creating a new generation of physician leaders committed to improving healthcare and health of our communities. The LEAD program (a non-degree program that was a forerunner to the M.Sc. SLI program) was designed to provide select medical students with graduate courses, practicums experiences and networking opportunities. LEAD admitted its first cohort of students from the 1T4 class in 2011 and it continued in that format through the class of 1T9. Meet current LEAD students and alumni on the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website. 

MSc. in System Leadership and Innovation: a new opportunity for 2T0

Based on input from students, ongoing commitment and collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine and IHPME and a change in the format of the medical curriculum it was decided to expand the size of LEAD program enrolment and to change its status from a learning opportunity to a formal MSc. degree is System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) for the class of 2T0. 

This new SLI MSc. concentration was developed over the last three years and was reviewed and approved by IHPME, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies.  The degree will be made available to both medical students and residents. The degree details can be found on the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website

The scheduling for the SLI courses and practicums is designed to fit the demands and workflow of medical school will allow medical students to complete the SLI  MSc. the same year that they complete their MD Program.  In order to complete the SLI MSc. degree in four years students will be required to pay MSc. tuition and complete degree credits in years 1, 2 and 4 of medical school and take practicums and courses in the summer between first and second year, summer between second and third and during the selective block at the end of fourth year.