The Physician Leadership Institute

On Mar. 1, 2023, the CMA announced changes to its CMA Joule offerings, including a redesign of our physician leadership program to better align with our advocacy priorities and support physicians in driving system-level change. The redesigned program is in development and we look forward to sharing more details as they are finalized.

The Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) offers accredited leadership learning for teams and organizations through tailored programs. PLI courses are led by an expert faculty of physician leaders and industry practitioners and are aligned to the nationally-recognized LEADS in a Caring Environment framework.

All courses are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for their Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada for Maintenance of Proficiency (Mainpro+).


We are providing flexibility and choice in how your team wants to learn, offering many of our courses in either virtual or in-person format:

  • Benefits of virtual learning include increased accessibility for those who can’t travel, increased affordability (with no travel costs), and flexibility. Our faculty are highly skilled at generating engagement and rich conversation through the virtual channel.
  • Benefits of in-person learning include more opportunities for connection and engagement between learners and with faculty. In-person learning may invite the opportunity for deeper connections and group problem-solving.

Individual participants will benefit from:

  • leading-edge learning delivered by physician leaders and industry experts;
  • more opportunities to apply their newly learned skills together; and
  • working with other team members to solve challenges related to their own context.

Your entire team will benefit from:

  • a learning experience tailored to your organization’s particular needs; and
  • personalized learning paths to develop the skills needed to meet your unique organizational objectives.


Our course offering includes the following:

Certify your commitment to leadership

Members that complete five PLI courses in five years can qualify for a certificate of recognition.


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Courses for individuals

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Courses for healthcare teams or organizations

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