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Developing a Physician Management & Leadership Program (PMLP) in Newfoundland and Labrador

Victor Maddalena (Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St Johns, Canada)
Lisa Fleet (Professional Development and Conferencing Services, Memorial University, St John's, Canada)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




This article aims to document the process the province of Newfoundland and Labrador used to develop an innovative Physician Management and Leadership Program (PMLP). The PMLP is a collaborative initiative among Memorial University (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Business), the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Regional Health Authorities. As challenges facing health-care systems become more complex there is a growing need for management and leadership training for physicians.


Memorial University Faculty of Medicine and the Gardiner Centre in the Faculty of Business in partnership with Regional Health Authorities and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador identified the need for a leadership and management education program for physician leaders. A provincial needs assessment of physician leaders was conducted to identify educational needs to fill this identified gap. A Steering Committee was formed to guide the design and implementation and monitor delivery of the 10 module Physician Management and Leadership Program (PMLP).


Designing management and leadership education programs to serve physicians who practice in a large, predominately rural geographic area can be challenging and requires efficient use of available resources and technology.


While there are many physician management and leadership programs available in Canada and abroad, the PMLP was designed to meet the specific educational needs of physician leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador.



The PMLP was developed collaboratively by the Faculty of Medicine (Professional Development & Conferencing Services) and the Faculty of Business Administration (Gardiner Centre), Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding for the PMLP was provided by: Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the four Regional Health Authorities.


Maddalena, V. and Fleet, L. (2015), "Developing a Physician Management & Leadership Program (PMLP) in Newfoundland and Labrador", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 35-42.



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