Physicians can exercise their leadership in different ways, be it in a management position or through informal leadership in their environment. In this video, Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie shares her experience as a medical leader and explains why medical leadership training is important for physicians. The QMA's PMI Leadership program offers five courses in French from the Canadian Medical Association’s PMI program that address the LEADS capabilities. Our courses are adapted to the reality of physicians in Québec and allow them to acquire and reinforce leadership skills.

“For years, I managed a specialized clinic at a hospital without having any prior management training. I did some good things and some not so good things, often without knowing why. The PMI Leadership program taught me how to mobilize my entourage and negotiate, and how hospital structures operated. I will now be able to better fulfill my role as a physician-manager.”

Dr. Aline Boulanger, anesthesiologist, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal 

“Because it gives us a chance to stop and think to understand our behaviour, the PMI Leadership program gives us the ability to change.”

Dr. François Gobeil, anesthesiologist, CSSS Pierre-Boucher


“By having gained more insight into my decision-making profile and my strengths and weaknesses, it will be easier for me to target my management actions. This course has definitely had an impact.”

Dr. François Vézina, orthopedic surgeon, Division of Orthopedics, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke


“Nobody is born with the expertise to be a department head or director of professional services. My job as department head would certainly have been much easier at times had I been able to benefit from the additional expertise acquired in the leadership course.”

Dr. Yvan Douville, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval 

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“The PMI Leadership program gave me the skills needed to interact with my patients, colleagues and management, and to better understand the workings of the health care system. I would not hesitate to recommend these courses and take other modules.”

Dr. Nathalie East, obstetrician-gynecologist, CSSS Rouyn-Noranda

“Extremely relevant course. I am going home better equipped to be a positive role model in my environment.” 

Dr. Marie-Yanouk Blain, obstetrician-gynecologist, Hôtel-Dieu de Gaspé

“A great opportunity to reflect based on a positive vision of yourself and others.”

Dr. Suzanne Gagné, family physician, CSSS Domaine-du-Roy

“Thanks to the PMI Leadership program, I am going back to work with more confidence in what I can do, and more energy and calmness.”

Dr. Annie Marleau, D.M.D., Department of Dentistry, Montreal Children’s Hospital