Educators Leadership Program


Health Professions Education leaders at UBC direct the education of the next generation of care providers across the province. The Educators Leadership Program (ELP) aims to support these current and future education leaders in the Faculty of Medicine, in three ways:

  1. Provide evidence-based and practical support of their role as a leader.
  2. Provide foundational knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  3. Create a cohort of education leaders that will provide both peer-to-peer support and a community of practice.

With the ELP, we are building a community of Health Professions Educators with the ability to examine their own leadership and educational practices through a scholarly evidence-based lens. As there are over 8,000 HPE learners in the UBC system, effective educational leadership of the programs that support these learners is essential. The ultimate goal of the ELP is to create a foundation for a growing teaching community of excellence in the health professions that will infuse these programs and their students with an ethic of evidence-based effective leadership and teaching that will support innovative excellence over time.

Program Details

The ELP facilitates leadership development through 5 day-long workshops, over the course of a year. Dr. John van Aerde leads the first 4 workshops, and Dr. Ian Scott facilitates the final workshop in ‘bringing it all together’. The modules follow the LEADS framework, and cover the following:

  • Workshop #1: Self & Leadership
  • Workshop #2: Leading Teams and Committees for Success: Structure, Process, Communication, & Conflict
  • Workshop #3: Complexity and Systems Thinking for Leaders
  • Workshop #4: Leadership Is Influence
  • Workshop #5: Bringing It All Together – Application and Context from the Local to the National and Back

Workshop sessions are each approximately 5 hours in length and run with the academic year, from September to May.

Participants are accepted into the program based on recommendations from the Regional Associate Dean’s from each of the four distributed sites, as well as the Postgraduate MD Dean, and Department Head’s from the allied health professions in the Faculty of Medicine (i.e. Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Midwifery, Medical Genetics, and Medical Laboratory Science). Recommendations for program participants for the 2020-2021 ELP Cohort are now closed.

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Accredited by UBC CPD

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 22.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 22.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 192856 – 001.