With generous support from Canadian Medical Association, Doctors Manitoba has partnered with the University of Manitoba, Office of Leadership Education for Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, to develop a speaker series on Physician Leadership in Challenging Times: Building Capacity Through Connection. The Doctors Manitoba and Rady Office of Leadership Education Joint Leadership Education Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Syndemic Systems Thinking for leaders before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis- Keynote

Presented by John(y) Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC and Dr. Victor Do, MD
Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8pm

Presenter Bios: Dr. Johny Aerde has more than 25 years of experience as a neonatologist, first as a clinician-researcher and then in various leadership roles. 

He is currently the executive medical director of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. Previously, he served as medical director of several neonatal intensive care units and the Pediatric Home Nutrition Support Program for Northern Alberta, chair of the Collaborative Practice and Quality Improvement (Neonatology) initiative for Alberta Health Services and regional director of the Northern Alberta Neonatal Intensive Care Program. Under his leadership, the latter program was able to bring together 115 neonatal beds and a follow-up clinic in five different hospitals under one functional umbrella. Johny has also served on many committees for regional, provincial and national organizations.

Johny holds a PhD in medical sciences and a master’s degree in health leadership studies. He has published 100 peer-reviewed papers, two dozen book chapters and 150 abstracts on topics ranging from neonatal nutrition and metabolism to health system leadership. He is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership.

Victor Do is a PGY2 pediatrics at the University of Toronto/​Hospital for Sick Children. He graduated medical school in 2020 from the University of Alberta. He is a former president of the Canadian Federation of Medical students, former Canadian Medical Association board member and current Canadian Society of Physician Leaders board member. Victor has been extensively involved in leadership development in medical education.

Session Description:

In this interactive, 90 minute webinar, participants will learn, understand, and converse on:

  • the difference between pandemic and syndemic
  • the syndemic of the Canadian health system
  • the panarchy cycle in natural (forests) and human-made systems
  • the panarchy phase and crisis in the Canadian health system
  • the 3 A’s for Canadian leaders needed past, present, and future: Adaptability – AND – Agility (Adaptability: Cynefin decision-making for leaders; AND: polarity management; Agility: zooming in and zooming out of the system)

Psychological Safety

Presented by Ming-Ka Chan, MD, MHPE, FRCPC & Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC
Date: November 22, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Presenter Bios: Dr. Ming-Ka Chan is a Chinese settler grateful to be living and working on Treaty 1 Territory/​Homeland of the Métis Nation. A Pediatrics Clinician Educator at the University of Manitoba, her scholarship focuses on social justice & leadership education in the health professions. As Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education for Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, she works collaboratively to promote leadership education across the educational continuum in the 5 health Colleges. She is also the Vice Chair of the Doctors Manitoba Physician Health and Wellness Committee and Chair of the Sanokondu Leadership & Governance Team, a multinational community of practice focused on health leadership education.

Anne Matlow MD, FRCPC is a Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics and currently Faculty Lead, PG Leadership in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has held many leadership roles at the local, national, and international level related to medical education, patient safety and quality of care and is committed to ongoing leadership education for healthcare practitioners.

Session Description: Psychological safety (PS) is the degree to which people view their environment as conducive to interpersonal risky behaviours like speaking up or asking for help’ (Edmondson 2016). It is influenced by the socio-political milieu; when present, individuals feel valued and team performance is optimized. When absent, individual and team health and performance suffer. PS is necessary to foster a culture of learning and improvement, both inherent to medical education. Application of a conceptual framework for PS enables recognition of existing barriers and potential interventions for improvement, ultimately leading to better health and wellbeing for patients and providers alike.

Objectives of the Workshop: After attending participants will be able to:

  • define psychological safety (PS) and discuss its impact on individuals and teams
  • use Clark’s four stage model of PS to analyze enablers and barriers to creating PS environments
  • identify three strategies to improving PS in their learning and work environment(s)


Presented by Dr. Sara Hosseini
Date: December 14, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Presenter Bio: Dr. Boshra (“Sara”) Hosseini is a general obstetrician/​gynecologist with an interest in workplace civility and leadership. She has extensive knowledge of the evidence behind civility interventions and has presented on this topic locally and nationally.

She is a member of the University of Manitoba Post Graduate Professionalism Committee and is currently developing a professionalism curriculum for the Max Rady College of Medicine. Furthermore, she is a member of the SOGC Board of Directors and is working on developing initiatives to promote physician wellbeing.

Her clinical work includes delivery of specialist care to northern populations in Manitoba; including high risk obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecological surgery.

Mentorship and sponsorship models that promote equity in our educational & healthcare systems

Presented by Dr. Jamiu Busari
Date: January 17, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Presenter Bio: Dr. Jamiu Busari is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University, Department Chair and former Program Director of the specialist training program at the Department of Pediatrics, Zuyderland Medical Center, Netherlands. Born in England and African by heritage, Jamiu lived and studied in England, Nigeria, Curaçao, Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. His personal and professional approach to life has been defined by his exposure to diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Jamiu is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar and an HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery. He is an executive board member of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) and a founding member of sanokondu’ (an international community of practice dedicated to fostering health professional leadership education worldwide).

Jamiu is a public speaker, writer, educator, and health care leader. As an advisor to different healthcare and educational organizations within and outside the Netherlands, he is a fervent advocate for diversity, social accountability, and social responsibility towards the less privileged in society. He is a recipient of various awards including an Educational Leadership Award (2015), Clinician of the Year award (2015) and the international Residency Educator Award 2016 (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada).