NEAL was a gift I gave myself in order to create the space to consider where I was going on my leadership journey and to have a deeper understanding of my particular strengths and where those can best fit in my academic health centre.
Christina Grant MD (NEAL 2015)
Director, Student Affairs, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
The NEAL program is an innovative, applied program that teaches leadership and management through learning and real-world scenarios. It enables participants to not only learn from experts but from themselves in a highly effective manner.
Muhammad Mamdani PharmD MPH (NEAL 2016)
Director, Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (LKS-CHART), St Michael’s Hospital
When I was tasked with the challenge of conceiving and building the Schwartz/ Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute, I began facing leadership challenges that my scientific and medical training had not prepared me for. The NEAL program was an excellent way for me to learn important leadership skills which have helped me succeed in this role, and also helped build a network of colleagues in leadership positions facing the same challenges.
Bjug Borgundvaag MD CCFP PhD (NEAL 2017)
Director, Schwartz/ Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
NEAL expanded my understanding of leadership principles, made me more reflective in my interactions and provided me with practical tools I use every day. To this day, I think about important learnings from this program, its exemplary faculty, and in particular practical lessons gained through my personalized coaching sessions.
Latika Nirula PhD (NEAL 2017)
Director, Simulation & Teaching Excellence, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
NEAL was an opportunity to connect with and learn from emerging and well established academic leaders - their successes, struggles and failures. Susan and Cate created both an environment that encouraged self-reflection through a guided process of self-awareness and external feedback, and a masterful framework to purposefully develop your academic leadership skills through expert-guided workshops and activities. This course has had a meaningful impact on my professional development as an academic healthcare leader.
Alayne Kealey MD (NEAL 2018)
Chair, Anesthesia Resident Competence Committee, University of Toronto
NEAL was quite impactful for me. To learn options on how to approach and solve complexities changed the way I handle not only major decisions in my professional life but I also use it in my private life.
Marc Jeschke MD PhD (NEAL 2015)
Director, Ross Tilley Burn Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Senior Scientist and Chair in Burn Research, Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)
NEAL affords the opportunity not just to learn about academic leadership in general, but to reflect on and critically evaluate one’s own leadership style. My favorite part of NEAL was the camaraderie of the cohort, which took shape quickly and developed progressively throughout the program.
Benjamin Goldstein MD PhD (NEAL 2016)
Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology & Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto
The NEAL program enabled me to recognize that leaders create safe places for people to share ideas; they empower talented people to test prototypes and they work to span boundaries for the purpose of creating new possibilities. That recognition inspired me to change my thinking and enabled me to build new resiliency to the challenges that accompany being an academic leader.
Todd Duhamel PhD (NEAL 2016)
Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba
This program offers a unique opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and experience in the real world of academic leaders. NEAL is superbly organized with opportunities to engage with world renowned academic leaders and integrate concepts with experiential learning and self-reflection. You will gain a solid foundation for academic leadership principles that benefits both advanced and novice leaders. A ‘must do’ program for every academic leader!
Suzan Schneeweiss MD (NEAL 2017)
Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
The NEAL course helped me to understand that there are several different styles and qualities of successful leaders. I gained an understanding of those differences and how my particular strengths and personality can be maximized to get the most out of myself as a leader and those who entrust me with leadership responsibilities. I left NEAL with a fresh understanding and the tools required to enact successful leadership in the complex world of academic medicine and health sciences centers.
Richard Jenkinson MD MSc (NEAL 2018)
Assistant professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
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Get the leadership training you need to succeed in academic health care
At NEAL, we aim to foster productive, visionary, and collaborative academic leaders in the Academic Health Science Network. Our participants develop mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead and help enable the success of their academic teams. We help them do their job. After every module of the NEAL program, participants will walk away with actionable tools and frameworks that they can apply immediately when they return to work. We believe that their learning should be immediately relevant and last long after the program is finished.
The NEAL program is a scholarly endeavor. Applicants who are accepted to the program are given the opportunity to consent to participate in research related to program impact and outcomes.
Online Applications are NOW OPEN.
Please see the Application Process tab below for requirements or to begin your application.
Note to physician leaders: NEAL is a Canadian Society of Physician Leaders-approved leadership CPD activity required as part of the Academic Route for the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation.
You are your leadership instrument! In the NEAL program, participants develop the mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit and help enable the success of their academic teams. Specifically, they become competent in the four practices of academic leadership: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational and system.
If the academic part of your job entails engaging people to develop or advance an educational, research or innovation agenda in health care, then NEAL is for you.
We invite applications from both formal and informal leaders, nationally and internationally, with faculty appointments in Faculties of Medicine or Health Sciences. Applicants must have been in a faculty position for at least 3 years and have academic leadership roles and/or responsibilities. Such leaders, (with or without formal institutional roles), are engaged in the academic mission of research, education or program development.
Their roles or responsibilities can be formal or informal and could include, but are not restricted to: vice-deans, chairs, vice-chairs, and chiefs of academic departments or units; Directors or leads of research programs or institutes; or Education leaders such as: clerkship, residency, graduate program, clinical education, work placement, curriculum or centre leaders or any leadership role that pursues an academic agenda such as research, education or program development.
Past participant roles have included: Department Chairs or Vice-Chairs, Associate or Vice-Deans, Program Directors, Division Heads, Academy Directors, Site Chiefs / Coordinators, Heads or leads of Research Programs or Institutes.
Enacting leadership is essential to the program as there is a leadership project requirement that participants will need to fulfill.
Three 4-day modules over the course of one year with coaching and web-based distance learning in between. Each day is 8-9 hours long including breakfast, lunch and breaks.
Unique aspects of the program include:
Participants will learn to:
Participants must be able to commit to attend all three modules listed below.
Dates for our 8th class for the 2020-2021 year are:
Each module consists of 8-9 hour days which include breakfast, lunch and breaks. There is approximately 10 hours of pre-work assigned prior to each module which includes preparation of mandatory assignments.
Module 1: Pantages Hotel, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Module 2 and 3: Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This document lists a number of hotels in close proximity to the venue. Please note that there are many more hotels in downtown Toronto which you may choose to book with and that this list is only a selection.
Those who submit their application package by the early bird deadline will be guaranteed the early bird tuition rate should their application be successful. All successful applicants whose packages are received after the early bird deadline will be subject to the full tuition rate.
Online Applications for NEAL 2020-2021 are now open. Should you wish to begin preparing your application in advance of the portal opening, please see the information below which includes the Application Package Requirements. You may also download a PDF copy of these instructions, with worksheets to begin preparing your application.
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