Issue No. 8 - Leadership
November 25, 2015
Today's learners, tomorrow's leaders

"In their own words":   FMEC PG's  Recommendation 8

" Helping our medical graduates develop as leaders is key to enabling physicians to assume the wide variety of roles Canadians expect physicians to take on. Whether it is working within the health system to advocate for better access for patients to the care they need, or leading health care research, education or clinical teams, medical graduates need leadership skills to make these things happen. Through the FMEC PG project, we are working to curate a variety of leadership development resources to help program leaders in connecting their trainees with leadership training."

- Andrée Boucher
AFMC / University of Montréal


- David Keegan
University of Calgary

About the FMEC PG Implementation Project

The Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) Implementation Project is helping to ensure that medical residents in this country continue to receive the best training possible and are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of Canadians.

The FMEC PG Implementation Project is funded by Health Canada and a consortium of four organizations: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Le Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The Royal College).
To read about all ten recommendations and their transformative actions, please consult the FMEC PG Collective Vision.

Reflections from Dr. Nick Busing, Project Lead

Leadership within the medical community is critical at so many levels. 
As we strive to develop leadership programs for our medical students and residents, we need to begin with a definition of leadership and to understand the scope of leadership and the many ways in which it can be demonstrated. The FMECPG recommendation emphasizes collaborative leadership across the spectrum of activities in the life of a physician. Collaborative leadership needs to be defined and applied in the educational sector, in the practice sector (be it a hospital, the community or an office), and in the professional sector beyond the clinical care arena. As a profession we need to demonstrate the same collaborative leadership skills in all these domains beginning with self-awareness, assuming professional responsibilities, working in a team and respecting all the team members, being part of the solution to the many challenges that face us, understanding and contributing to change and change management. If we can both teach and model these attributes we will serve the learners of today very well and will prepare them for the challenges they surely will face.

Dr. Nick Busing led transformative change from 2005-2013 as President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Prior to joining AFMC, Dr. Busing spent 20 years at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. He is a past president of the CFPC and a past chair of the Canadian Medical Forum.