Physician Learning

Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) Courses

Leadership training is an important aspect of the Canadian Health Care system. Courses offered by the CMA’s Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) can help you become a more effective Medical Leader. AHS has partnered with PLI to offer our Medical Staff specially designed leadership development opportunities.

Please see the schedule for courses near you.

If you would like more information regarding an upcoming PLI course please contact:

Learning Resource Navigator (LeaRN)

LeaRN is an interactive web-based application that allows users to search for courses and resources on a variety of leadership topics both internal and external to AHS.  In addition to searching for resources, physicians are able to create an account that allows them to track courses they have taken or wish to take and to leave reviews on resources they have used and courses they have completed.  These reviews can then assist other users as they seek out meaningful and useful resources in developing their own learning plans.

The LeaRN application can be accessed at, which is outside the AHS network and is mobile device friendly.

Professional Development

AHS has developed information and resources for Practitioners and Medical Leaders related to leadership, process improvement, change management and other topics. Visit our Professional Development page to learn more.

Physician Leadership Development

AHS has commissioned a report which reviews national and international leadership development programs for physicians. The reviews are based on evidence and information obtained from peer-reviewed literature; grey literature and online sources; and 53 conversations with leaders in healthcare from Canada, US, Australia and Europe.

Based on these findings, a list of considerations was created for AHS and other health organizations to consider when developing a physician leadership program. The findings are integrated into a change management and maintenance framework to provide a useful and grounded tool for physician leadership development strategies. The full report can be read below:

Clinical Development Opportunities

In addition to leadership professional development, there are also a variety of Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities available to all Practitioners in Alberta.


Accreditation, conducted by Accreditation Canada expert peer reviewers, is a process we use to prove and improve our standards of care. Physician input is critical to the success of this continuous cycle of assessment.

The AHS physician leader for Accreditation is Dr. Brent Friesen. If you would like to be discuss the accreditation process, please contact him at or 403-943-1279.

Review the following resources for additional information:

The following sites have been selected to be surveyed during the May 1-5, 2017 Accreditation Canada Survey Visit. These sites are subject to change.

Quality and Patient Safety Curriculum

The Quality & Patient Safety Curriculum offers a number of courses to support staff and physicians in learning key skills and concepts in quality improvement and patient safety.

Medical Reconciliation

Knowing a patient's complete medication list is critical to providing safe care. Medication Reconciliation (MedRec) is a structured process in which healthcare providers work together with patients, clients, families and care providers to ensure accurate and complete medication information is communicated consistently. This ensures that medications being added, changed or discontinued are carefully assessed and decisions are documented.

The Calgary Zone has developed a video which provides step by step instructions to complete the MedRec process within Calgary's urban hospitals.

For more information on MedRec, visit the MedRec Info for Physicians webpage.

Medical Residents

Please visit our Information for Medical Residents page.