Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 10:15 - 11:45
Track 3 - Everyday Leadership: How Emergency Physicians Can Be Leaders Every Shift, Every Day, as Part of Their Careers
Track Chair: Dr. Doug Sinclair
Room: 202

10 Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way - Dr. James Rourke

Description: Leadership (like the practice of medicine and parenting) provides great opportunities for self-improvement. Leadership books and courses proclaim “recipes” for success, but can provide a useful framework. Experiential learning involving self-reflection, feedback and mentoring is difficult but invaluable, and will be illustrated with 10 leadership lessons learned the hard way.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Know a useful framework for leadership.
  2. Know an approach to experiential self-reflective leadership.
  3. Know some “lessons learned the hard way” that they can apply to their own leadership.


  1. Listen to others’ perspectives.
  2. Develop a collective vision and plan together.
  3. Perfection gets in the way of good.

Professor of Family Medicine (2004-present) and Dean of Medicine (2004-2016) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently chair of CACMS and SRPC Co-Chair of the Rural Roadmap Collaborative. Previously rural generalist physician (including obstetrics and emergency work) in Goderich, Ontario for 25 years with his wife and partner Dr. Leslie Rourke.

Everyday Leadership: It's In You to Lead - Dr. Laurel Murphy

Description: The presenter will discuss the importance of leadership on each ED shift and give some practical examples.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Demystify leadership and why it’s not as intimidating as you think.
  2. Discuss practical ways to start leading in your department.


  1. Stop telling yourself you’re not a leader.
  2. Take on something that drives you nuts.

Laurel Murphy is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care medicine at Dalhousie University. She is involved in medical education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and her clinical interest is in neurocritical care.

Leadership in Advocacy - Dr. Blair Bigham

DescriptionThis talk will outline an approach to advocacy leadership and why this is important to every emergency physician.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how physicians can improve their engagement with media outlets .
  2. List the key components to a newsworthy story.


  1. Counterintuitiveness is key to audience engagement.
  2. The tension of a story mustn’t be buried; it’s why the story is important.

Blair Bigham is an award-winning journalist, scientist and resident emergency physician based in Toronto. He has worked in health care settings on five continents and has responded to emergencies in urban, rural, and remote settings on helicopters, boats, and vehicles that could generously be described as pick-up trucks. He witnesses the relationship between wealth and health on a daily basis, and reports on the undertold stories of patients, healthcare providers, and the systems that help or fail them.