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Physician Leadership Training


To support General Practitioners in the development of their leadership and quality improvement skills. 

Who's involved

The Shared Care Committee (SCC) supports General Practitioners with their leadership and quality improvement skills development. Each year, in partnership with the Specialist Services Committee (SSC), Shared Care provides funding support to assist with tuition, travel and accommodation for physicians wishing to access leadership and/or quality improvement training through accredited training organizations. 

Available Funding

Maximum funding of up to $10,000 per physician is available each fiscal year (April 1 - March 31) to cover actual tuition fees, accommodation and travel costs. Submission of receipts will be required for reimbursement.

Funding Criteria

  • Shared Care scholarship funding is available for physicians as certificants or fellows of the College of Family Physicians of Canada who are actively and independently practicing in BC.
  • Funding is provided for participation in programs with a core and primary focus on leadership and/or quality improvement, offered by recognized academic institutions, professional bodies and/or quality improvement organizations, with preference given to programs reflecting Canadian context where available.
  • As part of the scholarship funding, physicians will be expected to participate in a Shared Care scholarship program evaluation.
  • Endorsement is required from the Health Authority before the Shared Care sub-committee can approve it. Physicians should apply for scholarship funding before taking the course or conference. 
  • Please note that Health Authority endorsement does not necessarily mean approval, as each application is assessed by the SCC review panel against Scholarship criteria. Not all applications are approved.

Not funded

  • Clinically-focused events or conferences covered through CME
  • Time/compensation for attendance 
  • Reimbursement to organizations that hold or develop custom courses
  • Physician multi-source feedback activities (360s) 
  • Residents and physicians completing a fellowship in BC do not qualify for funding at this time.
  • Courses where funding responsibility rests elsewhere, regardless of whether funding for those activities is considered inadequate. Examples include:
  • Courses relating to Clinical Services Transformation (CST for VCH, Providence, PHSA) or i-Health (VIHA) for physicians in health authority leadership positions tasked to lead and implement these initiatives (i.e., Cerner).
  • Courses relating to teaching in a university setting, for either medical students or residents.  Physicians may approach UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Faculty Development department, to enquire about resources or supports:
  • Courses that are research-focused. Physicians may approach UBC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to enquire about resources or supports.

Accessing Support

  1. Interested physicians can download the application form here and submit to the Vice President of Medicine at their respective health authority for endorsement.
  2. Endorsed applications are submitted to the JCC Leadership admin team for approval by the SCC and SSC sub-committees.


Who should I talk to within my Health Authority to endorse my application for leadership training scholarship funding?

You may contact your Department Head or other administrative head within your Health Authority to obtain Vice President of Medicine Endorsement.

Why is Health Authority endorsement of my application required in order to attend a leadership course?

The purpose of the leadership training scholarships is to support General Practice Physicians who will be undertaking leadership activities approved by the Health Authority, such as participating or leading health system redesign initiatives, or taking on leadership positions within the health authority (e.g. department head). Health Authority endorsement is needed to help identify which GPs are interested in taking on leadership activities and to help ensure that GPs are obtaining the appropriate training.

Can the scholarship funding be provided to me prior to participating in the leadership course?

No. Eligible expenses and tuition are not payable until the course or conference has been successfully completed. Submission of receipts will be required for reimbursement.

Is there a recommended list of courses and conferences?

There is no specific list of recommended courses or conferences, but we have provided a list of popular courses attended by physicians below. You may also wish to ask your department head or the VP of Medicine of your Health Authority for suggestions. 

Examples of funded courses and conferences

The following is a list of popular courses attended by the scholarship physicians. We have indicated the complexity level, according to the institution:

Useful Links

Physician Management Institute (PMI)

Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI)

BC Patient and Safety Quality Council's Clinician Quality Academy


VCH Physicians — click here

PHSA Physicians — click here

VIHA Physicians - click here

All other physicians - please contact: JCC Leadership Training:, 604-638-5843