Daring Leadership in an ever-changing and unpredictable world

Northern Lights Online Conference

NOSM’s Northern Lights Forum features a key address from Dr. Jane Philpott and Dr. Gigi Osler

Dr. James Goertzen, NOSM’s Associate Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD), spearheaded the 2021 Northern Lights Forum. He and the organizing team arranged for Drs. Jane Philpott and Gigi Osler to each provide a keynote address on the theme of Daring Leadership in Difficult Times. This virtual forum enabled NOSM faculty to join small breakout sessions where they had opportunities to ask questions and interact directly with Drs. Philpott and Osler. 

NOSM’s Northern Lights forum blended leadership development activities with engaging learning opportunities at the School. Those who attended the event said it was one of NOSM’s best and most memorable to-date. 

“It was exciting to have 53 NOSM faculty members learning with, and opening up on the topic of daring and vulnerable leadership and the concept of learning from failure,” says Dr. Goertzen. “Imposter syndrome was mentioned many times. We were all able to recognize that even leaders with a wealth of experience can feel the same sense of emotions as a new or inexperienced physician leader.”

NOSM celebrated its pan-Northern community at the School’s 10th annual Northern Constellations faculty development conference on April 30 and May 1, 2021. Dr. Jillian Horton, plenary guest speaker, spoke about strategies to advocate against physician burnout. She highlighted practical strategies including advocating for organizational change, mindfulness, personal narrative and influencing culture change to take care of ourselves.

“When I became CMA president, I hadn’t truly recognized the importance of representation in leadership until men and women came up to me—and still do—to say they’d never seen someone that looked like them in a position of power. Because of that, they could see themselves in a position of power. And I realized that it’s hard to be, until you see.”

Dr. Gigi Osler

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