Webinar – Leadership in a Crisis: September 11, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT

August 24, 2020 | Author: Royal College Staff

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The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world requires compassionate and decisive leadership at all levels to effectively mitigate the spread of the virus, while still providing the best care to those in need and looking after the mental health of our staff and ourselves. The intense pressure on the health care system, the extremely high levels of anxiety and stress, and the millions of people who are adjusting to the “new normal” create a situation where leadership and leadership development are of vital importance.

LEADS Canada and the Canadian College of Health Leaders have produced a succinct framework called Leadership in a Crisis. This resource was developed with expert academics, infectious disease physicians, and military generals, and is intended to guide and support health leaders who are on the front lines, those leading individual community workers, and those leading and managing remote teams, in many cases, for the first time. Furthermore, leaders must also consider the next steps for when the peak of the crisis has passed, but the aftermath remains and continues to affect people in various ways.

Learning objectives

This session will be presented through a physician lens.  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the four stages of a crisis, including the key characteristics of each stage
  • Describe the key leadership capabilities that are required to be effective at each stage
  • Apply the framework to their own experiences of the pandemic thus far, as well as current challenges and opportunities
  • Evaluate and discuss current priorities for their own practices
  • Assess their own needs for self-care and support to address their well being and perform effectively

Don’t miss this chance to enhance your leadership skills and earn MOC section 1 credits.

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Jaason Geerts, BA, BEd, MTS, MPhil, PhD
Director, Research and Leadership Development, Canadian College of Health Leaders and LEADS Canada
Honorary Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School, City, University of London (UK)

Katie Wiskar, MD, FRCPC
Vancouver General Hospital


Jaason Geerts

Dr. Jaason Geerts is the director of research and leadership development at the Canadian College of Health Leaders and LEADS Canada.

Jaason completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on leadership for senior doctors, military officers, and other professionals.

Jaason is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Cass Business School in London, UK, and is an active researcher.  His recent publications on leadership and leadership development have been featured in peer-reviewed journals and he is currently writing a book with Dr Amanda Goodall on Expert Leadership.

Jaason has applied his research at the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Zurich Business School, the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and the UK Defence Academy, in addition to his work at the College.

Jaason’s current research on leadership during the pandemic has been featured in the Globe and Mail, local radio, and CBC national news, as well as globally through the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ Leader).

He is currently a program director at the Telfer School of Management (Ottawa) and the Schulich School of Business in Executive Education and a faculty member for the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

Jaason is also a qualified teacher and was nominated for the Toronto Star’s Teacher of the Year.

Katie Wiskar

Katie Wiskar is a lifetime Vancouverite who completed her undergraduate and MD studies at the University of British Columbia. She went on to pursue Internal Medicine residency and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at UBC, in addition to a Point of Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Western University. During COVID, she has been involved in information gathering and knowledge translation, including via a podcast and website. Outside of the pandemic, her clinical passion is Point of Care Ultrasonography. Find her on Twitter @katiewiskar.


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