Leadership & Management

Leading Wellness CHAT Series

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching

Have you observed stress and burnout building up in your team or organization? Leaders in Canadian academic health sciences centers experience this as well! Measures to promote joy and foster professional fulfillment are rarely effective, with the burden typically placed on the individuals to be more resilient, which leads to growing cynicism. The leaders feel stuck facing increasing demands and dwindling resources. How to resolve this?

We are running a new Leadership-For-Wellness program and invite you to join us for open-access monthly Leadership CHAT sessions - expand your networks and discuss the various leadership challenges you face. All are welcome to attend!

📅 Workshop Dates (every third Thursday): *


February 17, 2022, 8-9pm ESTMarch 10, 2022, 8-9pm ESTMarch 31, 2022, 8-9pm EDTApril 21, 2022, 8-9pm EDTMay 19, 2022, 12-1pm EDTJune 9, 2022, 12-1pm EDT
* Except for the fifth session.

💻 Delivered Virtually (Zoom)

Program Content

Session #1: Psychological Safety & How to Create Inclusive Work Environments

Session #2: How to Tackle Mistreatment & Microaggressions

Session #3: Joy-in-Work: Framework to Promote Wellbeing & Safety

Session #4: How to Check-in With Your Faculty/Learner in Difficulty

Session #5: How to Lead Change in VUCA World

Session #6: Wellness Champions: Building Leadership Capacity to Mobilize Change

There is a persistent gap with regards to leadership requirements and training that is available to those in healthcare and academic leadership roles. This series aims to bring together leaders from healthcare and academic institutions (and allies) to discuss their own challenges and successes around certain key areas of personal and leadership development.

Have any questions?

Email our lead facilitator, Dr. Enas El Gouhary, here.

Overall Learning Objectives

By the end of this series, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and connect their leadership practice with the latest literature and concepts around leading wellness.

  • Articulate at least one new wellness-enhancing strategy or technique that they would like to bring back to their own groups to implement.

Agenda

Each session will follow a standard format:

  • Intro (10-15 min.) - Short Keynote

  • Breakout Rooms (30 min.) - Guided Discussion on Key CHAT Questions

  • De-Brief & Discussion (10 min.) - Takeaways & Implementing Session Learnings

  • Final Reflections (5 min.)

Psychological Safety & How to Create Inclusive Work Environments

📅 Thursday, February 17th, 2022, 8-9pm EST

Speaker: Sandra Moll

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define psychological safety.

  2. Evaluate dimensions of psychologically safe leadership.

  3. Identify strategies for establishing safety.

How to Tackle Mistreatment & Microaggressions

📅 Thursday, March 10th, 2022, 8-9pm EST

Speaker: Catharine Munn

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define mistreatment.

  2. Plan how to address mistreatment in the moment and beyond.

Joy-in-Work: Framework to Promote Wellbeing & Safety

📅 Thursday, March 31st, 2022, 8-9pm EDT

Speaker: Enas El Gouhary

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify on why we need to move from burnout to Joy.

  2. Define the concept of Joy-in-Work.

  3. Plan the steps for implementing Joy-in-Work.

How to Check-in With Your Faculty/Learner in Difficulty

📅 Thursday, April 21st, 2022, 8-9pm EDT

Speaker: Natasja Menezes

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe warning signs for learner/faculty in difficulty.

  2. Delineate approaches for checking in with learner/faculty in difficulty.

  3. Plan how to support a learner/faculty in difficulty.

How to Lead Change in VUCA World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous)

📅 Thursday, May 19th, 2022, 12-1pm EDT

Speaker: Brenda Lammi

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define a VUCA world.

  2. Describe leadership strategies during times of uncertainty.

Wellness Champions: Building Leadership Capacity to Mobilize Change

📅 Thursday, June 9th, 2022, 8-9pm EDT

Speaker: Enas El Gouhary

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of a wellness champion.

  2. Evaluate required competencies in a wellness champion.

Lead Facilitator

Enas El Gouhary

Dr. Enas El Gouhary is an associate professor in the division of Neonatology, Pediatrics Department at McMaster University and the Neonatal-Perinatal-Medicine Fellowship Program director. Dr. El Gouhary is a clinician educator with a focus on curriculum development and physician wellness. She believes that we should adopt a holistic approach to foster wellness, psychological safety and joy in work which requires implementing systemic changes that address what matters to those on the front line. With collaboration of professionalism and equity office at HHS, Dr. El Gouhary co-developed an NICU multi-disciplinary workshop series for equity, diversity and inclusion. Through her role as the mentorship and wellness committee chair at the pediatrics department, she led the implementation of an innovative mentorship program for early career faculty called “mentorship circles”. This was paralleled by supporting similar design for all pediatric residents. After the conduction of wellness needs assessment in the Pediatrics department at McMaster university, Dr. El Gouhary is currently working on the development of wellness framework through stakeholders’ engagement. She was recently appointed to represent McMaster University on the AFMC wellness committee. In recognition of her contributions, Dr. El Gouhary was the recipient of the Postgraduate medical Education award for Excellence and Innovation in Education.

Interested in organizing a CHAT series?

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