Leadership Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Vancouver Coastal Health leadership development page for the Medical Staff. We believe that developing strong leaders is essential for providing hig​h-quality healthcare to our patients and communities. That's why we've created a comprehensive leadership development pathway specifically ​design​ed for medical staff. We invite you to e​xplore ​​our leadership development pathway for medical staff and discover how we can help you enhance your leadership skills and achieve your career goals.

The leadership pathway offers a variety of learning formats to suit your needs, including self-assessments, online courses, internal ​​classes and external programs, conferences , self-directed learning resources , funding opportunities, so that you can choo​se the resources that best fit your schedule and goals.​​​​

​Our pathway is designed to help medical professionals at all levels of their careers develop the leadership skills they need to be successful in their roles. Whether you're an aspiring leader or an experienced leader, we have a variety of courses and resources to help you enhance your leadership capabilities.

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Here is a recommended list of resources to support your professional endeavor in specific areas of interest. No matter which path you choose to opt for, we highly encourage you to first complete/familiarize yourself with the following fundamental learning resources:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training HERE
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Hummingbird HERE
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Resources HERE
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinar Series HERE​
  • Learn about how to engage in a culturally safe way: what matters to Indigenous Patient Partners HERE​
  • Anti-Racism at VCH HERE​

 Start with Self-Assessment

​At Vancouver Coastal Health, we understand the importance of building self-awar​eness to improve your overall well-being. That's why we offer a variety of tools to help you on your journey towards greater self-awareness. Here are three of our top tools:

  • Multisource Feedback (MSF), or 360-degree evaluation, is a questionnaire-based assessment tool for all medical staff designed to strengthen medical staff understanding of, and support their success in demonstrating the necessary competencies for medical practice. It involves in-depth self-assessment and perspectives from medical colleagues and coworkers. Feedback is anonymous and confidential. Every medical staff member must complete the MSF every 6 years.

  • Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI), is an assessment that is recommended for any medical staff who is interested to build their capability in developing self-awareness. Upon completing this assessment, you will gain more clarity about you inner motives, strengths, overdone strengths portrait and conflict management approach. As you develop your self-awareness, you will better understand why you behave certain way and how you build relationships with others. Please note there are costs associated with taking this assessment, which will be recharged to your department. 

  • Leadership Development Index (LDI), is an in-house tool designed for medical leaders in a formal leadership role to help them enhance their leadership capability through collecting anonymous feedback from the coworkers and colleagues specifically around their leadership behaviors only.

  • Psychologically Safe Leader, is an assessment designed for medical leaders in a formal leadership role to develop their capability around building trust when leading others. This tool has been developed by the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace to ensure medical leaders understand and know how to create an environment in a way that is psychologically safe to all medical staff members working with this leader.

Below please see the recommended approach of using the tools linked to your leadership stream and experience. If you are interested to take any of the assessments, please contact us HERE​

All Medical Staff

All medical staff

Aspiring Leader

Medical staff who are interested in taking on a leadership role

New Leader

Medical staff with limited experience in a leadership role managing at least one person

Experienced Leader

Medical staff with moderate​​ experience in a leadership role

Senior Leader

Medical staff with advanced​ experience in a leadership role

Multisource Feedback (MSF)

Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI)​

Leadership Development Index (LDI)

Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment


 Engage in Leadership

Internal Resources
  • Intro to progressive management HERE
  • Mastering Difficult conversations HERE
  • Psychological health and safety for leaders HERE
  • Delegating & getting it done HERE
  • Finance 101 for medical leaders HERE
  • Facilitating successful meetings HERE​
  • Orientation for new medical leaders (coming soon)
External Resources
  • CASCADES' Leadership for Change: Toward Sustainable Health Systems HERE​
  • Communication course for healthcare professionals: navigating challenging conversations HERE
  • CMHA psychological health and safety: the essentials HERE
  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion using LEADS: a strengths based approach HERE
  • Leading high performing teams HERE
  • EQ with Institute of Health and Human Potential HERE
  • Persuasion and influence HERE
  • Co-active coaching HERE​
  • Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles HERE (Harvard)
  • Connected Leadership HERE​ (Yale)
Conferences & Forums
  • Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership (CCPL) HERE
  • Americal College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress ​HERE
  • Canadian Women in Medicine Leaders (CWIM) HERE
  • 20th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference HERE
  • Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) conference 2024 HERE
  • AAPL Annual Leadership Conference 2024 HERE​
Self-Led Activities
  • Complete the Leadership Development Index (LDI) assessment and get the feedback from people about your leadership behaviors and approach
  • ​Have one on one coaching sessions with a leadership coach (internal and/or external)
  • Identify a mentor for yourself to learn more from their experience and lessons made

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 Engage in Quality

Internal Resources
  • PQI Program Level 1 HERE
  • PQI Program Level 2 HERE
  • PQI Program Level 3 HERE
  • Medical staff orientation (coming soon)
  • Orientation for new medical leaders (coming soon)
External Resources
  • Quality improvement courses (IHI) HERE
  • Safety, quality, informatics and leadership (Harvard) HERE
  • Transforming healthcare through quality improvement HERE
  • Creating workforce joy and ​​​​well-being (IHI) HERE
Conferences & Forums
  • Quality forum HERE
  • International Forum on Quality & Safety in healthcare HERE
Self-Led Activities
  • Join local quality committee
  • Take up a QI challenge
  • Get yourself QI coaching
  • Learn more about Health Quality BC HERE and BCPSLS HERE​

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 Engage in Teaching

Internal Resources
  • To be developed soon​
External Resources
  • Introduction to teaching HERE
  • Residents as teachers HERE
  • Teaching for family medicine learners HERE
  • UBC clinical faculty mentoring program HERE
  • Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) faculty development HERE
  • Harvard Macy Institite course for health professions leaders HERE
Conferences & Forums
  • Annual conference of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) HERE
  • International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) HERE
  • International Association for Health Profession Education (AMEE) HERE
Self-Led Activities
  • Sign up as a clinical faculty with UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM) HERE- generally this will allow to teaching medical students within the undergraduate program, like clinical skills, communication courses, etc.​ Physicians cannot teach any learners if they do not have a faculty appointment with UBC FoM.
  • Sign up as a preceptor with UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice HERE. This will allow physicians to be preceptors to students and residents in Family Medicine.
  • Become a mentor for medical students HERE
  • Co-facilitate any internal classes in collaboration with the Medical Leadrship Development team. Contact us HERE​

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 Engage in Innovation

Internal Resources
  • Innovation at VCH HERE
  • Subsribe to an Innovation at VCH newsletter HERE
External Resources
  • Leading Innovation in Healthcare organization HERE
  • Introduction to Design thinking in healthcare HERE
  • Certificate in healthcare analytics HERE
Conferences and Forums
  • Healthcare information & management systems society (HIMSS) conference 2024 HERE
  • The healthcare innovation congress HERE
  • Healthcare design conference and expo HERE
  • Innovation summit 2024 HERE
  • BC rural health conference 2024 HERE
  • Virtual innovation & visionary exploration (VIVE) 2024 HERE
Self-Led Activities
  • Apply for UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) HERE
  • ​Participate in brainstorming sessions and engage in problem-solving projects
  • Collaborate with colleagues from different departments across different COCs
  • Actively engage with patients to understand their needs, pain points, and aspirations. This direct interaction helps identify opportunities for innovation
  • Set aside time for idea generation on a regular basis. This could be done individually or in a group setting
  • Apply for the innovation funding HERE. To help you get started, email us at innovation@vch.ca to book a 15mins discovery call.
  • Follow the innovation practice HERE​

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 Engage in Research

Internal Resource
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), Research Service HERE
  • VCHRI​, Learning & Development HERE
  • VCHRI ​Research Training Series​ HERE
  • VCHRI Reseach Methods HERE
External Resources
  • Experimental Medicine Program with UBC HERE
  • Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH) HERE
  • Master of Science in Population and Public Health (MSC) HERE
  • Reseach community news HERE
  • Clinical Investigator Program HERE
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research HERE
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) HERE
  • Michael Smith Health Research BC HERE
  • Rural Health Research HERE
Conferences & Forums
  • International conference on medical health science, pharmacology & bio technology (ICMPB) 2024 HERE
  • International conference on medical and biosciences (ICMBS) 2024 HERE
  • International Conference on Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences 2024 HERE
  • International public health conference 2024 HERE
  • International conference on healthcare planning & systems HERE​
Self-Led Activities
  • Apply for medical education research grant HERE
  • Get involved and participate in research with VCH Reseach Institite HERE​
  • Seek opportunities for research funding through grants or sponsorships to support on​going research endeavours
  • Collaborate with researches and interdisciplinary teams to work on larger research projects/studies
  • Conduct case-studies to explore specific medical conditions or unique patients scenarios in-depth, providing valuable insights and potential directions for further research
  • Stay updated with the latest research literature and publications relevant to your field of interest. Conduct systematic reviews to summarise and analyze existing evidence
  • Develop research proposals and study protocols, outlining the objectives, methodology, and expected outcomes of the research

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Contact the Leadership Development team​​