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CMA's 2013 leadership conference rapidly approaching capacity

In yet another sign of physicians' growing interest in their leadership role within medicine and health care, registration in the 2013 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership is rapidly approaching capacity, with organizers expecting more than 400 physicians to attend.

The theme of this year's conference, which is jointly organized by the CMA and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE), is "Connecting: An essential skill for physician leaders." The two-day meeting will be held in Vancouver May 31-June 1.

The annual conference, which has been growing in size and stature for four years, is designed to provide physicians who have leadership aspirations with an opportunity to hear from physician leaders and experts in leadership training.

This year's keynote speakers are:

  • Chris Ham (PhD), CEO of the King's Fund in London, England, who will be addressing leadership lessons from within the National Health Service;
  • Linda Duxbury (PhD), from the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, who will be speaking about "connecting across the different generations";
  • Dr. Larry Chu, an anesthesiologist from Stanford University in California and executive director of Stanford's successful Medicine X conference, who will look at the impact of new technologies on the delivery of health care.

In addition, three high-profile physician CEOs will discuss lessons they have learned during their careers in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Brian Postl, dean of medicine at the University of Manitoba, and Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson will discuss "doctors and the future of Canadian health care."

Many additional leadership topics will be addressed at concurrent, interactive workshops held during the meeting. Topics range from learning how to interest and engage health care workers in patient safety to tutorials on the basics of using social media tools.

The conference will be preceded by four Physician Management Institute courses and a two-day course from the Canadian Society of Physician Executives dealing with communications and managing interactions with others.

Details on the conference and registration information are available at

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