LeadFM: Alberta Family Medicine Leadership Conference

Leadership for Where You Are

Hosted by the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP), in collaboration with academic and system partners, the LeadFM Alberta Family Medicine Leadership Conference strives to be a relevant and comprehensive source of leadership development for family physicians. The conference offers continuing professional development and an opportunity for family physicians to network with colleagues to share best practices in leadership within primary care.

We believe in:

  • Developing a highly relevant continuing professional development (CPD) program that is based on leadership best practices and provides take away lessons that family physicians can immediately incorporate into their practice.
  • Engaging family physicians and system leaders in discussions to improve and adapt the Primary Health Care system to meet the growing needs of all stakeholders.
  • Delivering an interactive and fun conference that registrants look forward to and benefits their professional and personal development.

Session Descriptions

The Accidental Leader (Brad Bahler)
In this keynote presentation, Dr. Bahler will be sharing his experiences, his leadership journey, and the tips he’s picked up along the way. Dr. Bahler will also be discussing the challenges he’s faced, and will share the skills and information participants need in order to be an effective leader when you are “in the midst of it.”

Personal Strategic Leadership Development* (David Keegan)
In this highly interactive double-length (*two part) workshop, participants will explore personal leadership topics within four key themes: Know Yourself; Get Balanced; Get Skilled; Make a Plan. Participants will leave the workshop with a personal leadership development plan to guide further growth as a leader.

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

  • Describe common leadership pitfalls and corresponding solutions experienced by people with personalities similar to their own
  • Describe and conduct a personal wellness wheel audit
  • Describe and conduct a personal leadership skill audit
  • Describe and start to develop a personal leadership strategic plan

The ABC’s of Good Governance (Roger Osborne, Grant Sorochan)
At the end of this fun-filled, interactive two-hour session, participants will explore (both through theory and practice):

  • The fundamentals to developing stronger relationships
  • Strategies to transform meetings to become more effective and end on time
  • How to foster healthy conflict and manage it before it becomes destructive
  • How to mitigate and manage risks

The Nurtured Leader (Heidi Fell, Barbra McCaffrey)
By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the evolving nature of the mentor/mentee relationship
  • Identify opportunities for creating and using communities of practice

Starting a Patient’s Medical Home (Jordan LaRue, Lindsay Penner)
The team from the Sylvan Lake Family Health Centre will share their experiences and guide participants through some key information to get them started on building a true Patient’s Medical Home. Participants will also learn how the Patient’s Medical Home can help their practice, and the benefit of taking an integrated approach.

The Road to a Happier Workplace (Roger Osborne, Grant Sorochan)
In this session, participants will learn through a very interactive sessions some of the key, fundamental building blocks in effective human resource management and how to effectively coach someone to change behaviour successfully and permanently.

By the end of this session, participants will learn:

  • Workforce planning, succession planning, human capital, and talent management
  • Motivational psychology: how to motivate employees and coach them to supercharge their performance
  • Managing and improving business performance through developing an HR framework and strategy

Releasing Your Inner Guerilla: Unconventional Approaches to Change Leadership (Phillip van der Merwe)
In this keynote presentation, Dr. Phillip van der Merwe will be drawing on his experiences in Alberta’s primary care system, and outside of it, to share the tactics and practices to adapt your leadership style to the situation. Dr. van der Merwe will be the first to point out that his lessons aren’t “academic,” but come from organic learning style.

How to Get Buy-In for Your Projects (David Keegan)
In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn all about how to get buy-in from key stakeholders in any project they are leading. Inspired by the model of interest-based negotiation, participants will walk away with the ability to:

  • Describe the value of ensuring that all stakeholder groups in the project have been identified, and incorporating their core needs into the design of an initiative or negotiation
  • Identify key stakeholder groups in a scenario and estimate their needs
  • Apply this approach to a project which they are currently leading

Leading With Interdisciplinary Teams (Brian Cornelson, Jake Jennings)
By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify how to lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Understand the challenges with interdisciplinary teams and practice mitigating those challenges

Physicians Leading Quality Improvement (June Austin, Janet Craig)
Lead the Quality Improvement Charge! In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the key leadership principles to set their team up for success to meet their collective goals. Come away with a simple, yet powerful, tool for accelerating improvement that has been used successfully by hundreds of health care organizations across the globe to improve processes and outcomes.

Leading an Initiative to Link Primary and Specialty Care (Jean Jacque Lovely, Julie Schellenberg)
By the end of this workshop, participants:

  • Identify best practices and successful examples of initiatives that link primary and specialty care
  • Discuss possible issues in bridging primary and specialty care, and tactics to mitigate them

Leading with Data and Story-Telling (Sarah de Leeuw, Rob Wedel)
By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of data when leading initiatives
  • Identify where story-telling can be used to better inform and lead those around them
  • Identify and understand what makes “good” data
  • Practice using data and story-telling in leadership applications

Preparing Your Team for Patient Engagement (Terri Potter)
By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify strategies for including patient engagement initiatives
  • Understand the possible pitfalls of patient engagement and develop tactics to manage them

Facilitated Networking Sessions
In these breakout sessions, participants will have time to discuss what they’ve learned with their peers and how they can apply it to specific Alberta primary care challenges and opportunities.