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Social Systems Leadership
  • Social Systems Leadership

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This course is open to practicing physicians and residents.

Take a deeper dive into self-discovery.

TYPE: Virtual, Facilitated


Physicians (and many other healthcare workers)  act as experts – not only because of their training, but also because the structure and culture of the health system force them into that expert role. As a result, experts can struggle to lead in the volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity of a complex system such as the Canadian healthcare system. 

This course helps with the understanding and practice of systems thinking in an interactive way, and makes large complex systems more understandable to live in and influence. Systems thinking will come alive through exercises, learning through a simulated organization and working on a case action plan.


  • develop and apply skills in sense-making to guide decisions in complicated, complex and chaotic systems;
  • examine and discuss the complexity of the Canadian system for health and disease care;
  • recognize and influence underlying archetypes and social systems patterns causing resistance to systemic changes; and
  • uncover and interpret patterns of interaction and learn to foster and manage relationships.

This course can be tailored and delivered* to physicians and/or interdisciplinary teams at your organization, meeting or conference. We’d be happy to work with you to find the right course for you and your organization. Please complete this brief questionnaire, and one of our learning specialists will get back to you to discuss options.

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, courses will be delivered virtually until further notice.


Phil Cady CD BSW MA (Leadership) DSocSci (Cand)

John Van Aerde MD MA PhD FRCPC

Social systems leadership: Thriving in complexity - is currently on backorder. You may still purchase now though and we'll ship as soon as more become available.