Leadership & Management

CHAT Series:
Leadership

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching. This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given them. After a successful pilot in Fall 2020, we have decided to expand the CHAT series. The version of the CHAT program will be a series that focuses on common issues encountered by leaders in the FHS.

Each session will have a standard format:

  • Intro (10-15 min) - Short keynote to set the tone. This will be recorded for web content later on.

  • Breakout Rooms (30 min) - Guided discussion on key CHAT questions. These will NOT be recorded.

  • De-Brief & Work To Do (10 min) - Discussion of takeaways and how to implement / amplify learnings from the session. These will not be recorded.

  • Reflections (5 min) - Session leaders provide final reflections (This will be recorded for podcast & web video)


The following are the dates and times for this CHAT series:

1) In Times of Crisis: Managing people and resources
📅Wed., Jan 20, 2021, 12pm (noon)
Discussant: Dr. Davy Cheng

2) Putting LEADS into Practice
📅Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021, 8:00pm
Discussant: Graham Dickson

3) Future-Proof: Building Leadership Skills for Tomorrow
📅Thurs., March 11, 2021, 8pm
Discussant: John Van Aerde

4) Leaders: Team Wellness Starts With You
📅Thurs., April 8, 2021, 8pm
Discussant: Dr. Mithu Sen & Dr. Mamta Gautam

5) Building a Data-Driven Organizational Culture
📅Thurs., May 13, 2021, 12pm (noon)
Discussant: Zahave Uddin

6) Navigating Complexity to Align Teams and Drive Results
📅June. 10, 2021, 12pm (noon)
Discussant: Rebecca Repa

Leadership is a skillset, mindset, and heartset. It is not tied to title or position. This series aims to bring together leaders of all types to discuss their own challenges and successes around certain key areas of personal and leadership development. Following a standard format, listed above, each workshop will be an interactive chance for participants to connect around key topics that may be important for their lives as faculty members.

The Winter-Spring 2021 series will entail six sessions, but they are meant to be drop-in sessions, and do not require prior attendance.

We will be welcoming faculty of all levels for them to attend these sessions and participate in our discussion. Students and trainees all throughout the spectrum will also be welcomed.

Organizing Committee

Sarrah Lal , MBA (@SarrahML) is an assistant professor in the Division of Education & Innovation (DEI) within the Department of Medicine. She is a entrepreneurship and innovation expert and directs various educational efforts within the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare. Currently she is also the lead of the Leadership & Management team in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.

Dr. X. Catherine Tong (@XC_TongMD) is an Assistant Clinical Professor affiliated with the Dept of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She currently practices emergency medicine at the Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo, and family medicine at the Grand Valley Institute for Women, a federal correctional facility in Kitchener. She is the faculty development lead at Waterloo Regional Campus. Her education research focuses on engaging community-based faculty members in the Distributive Medical Education context through curating and delivering faculty development content that is valuable and accessible to busy clinicians.

Accreditation Statements

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits (1 credit per session).

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Education Program. You may claim a maximum of 6 MOC Section 1 hours (1 hour per session).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Each attendee should only claim the hours they attended.

Interested in organizing a CHAT series?

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching. This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given them. We are welcoming of faculty members who wish to organize a similar series for their area of interest or need. Please contact us at macpfd@mcmaster.ca to propose a new CHAT series.