President's Student Leadership Program (PLSP)

The Burns Leadership Institute is excited to announce that applications for the fifth cohort of the President's Student Leadership Program (PSLP) are now open! This annual co-curricular development program selects 25 students from a variety of faculties, backgrounds, interests, and levels of study. If you're interested in developing your leadership skills, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Applications open: January 22, 2024
Deadline to apply: March 3, 2024

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PSLP participant testimonials

The UM President’s Student Leadership Program (PSLP) is a fantastic opportunity for RFHS Health Sciences students to develop skills such as negotiation, communication, team building, collaboration, as well as enhancing self-awareness.

I have had leadership training through bodies such as the Canadian Medical Association as well as Harvard, and I can honestly say that the curriculum and experiential learning that takes place in PSLP is on par with these programs and is an exceptional way to prepare yourself for leadership roles in the future.

Further, because of the broad range of background of the PSLP cohort, you not only receive outstanding mentorship yourself, but you in turn have the opportunity to mentor peers and aspiring healthcare leaders. PSLP is a wholistic leadership development model, and I would most definitely encourage my peers to apply!

Allison Balasko
MD/PhD Candidate
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Fowke Laboratory of Viral Immunology

I was drawn to the interdisciplinary, inclusive, and immersive approach of the President’s Student Leadership Program (PSLP) and learning from leaders from diverse backgrounds with a wealth of knowledge and experience. This program was a tremendous learning opportunity for like-minded students who are intentional and striving for personal, academic, and professional development and growth to equip themselves to serve as leaders in a multi-cultural environment.

The leaders of the PSLP program created and fostered a respectful environment conducive to learning, growth and empowerment of participants. The various organization leaders and personal mentors who participate have a wealth of experience, are generous with their knowledge, are inspiring, have a heart for service, care deeply about the future of Winnipeg, and give of themselves by sharing and mentoring future leaders.

Despite being busy professionals with immense responsibilities these senior executives make time to serve on varied boards, e, g., education, and business, as well as engage with the community. What struck me the most about the leaders is their appreciation of the value of teamwork, partnership, and collaboration. This was truly an enrichening and informative experience.

Abbie Kawadza
Master's of Nursing student
College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Science


Explore our library guide for a selection of resources supporting health leadership education.

The Leadership Education Library Guide was created to provide additional resources for everyone interested in developing competencies and capabilities in health leadership. The guide incudes books, articles, videos and training materials.

Curated for the health sciences learner across the learning continuum, we aim to support those exploring leadership development at their own pace or teachers looking to integrate additional resources.  

The guide was developed by members of the Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS), in partnership with the UM Library. 

Resources listed here are not exhaustive and may change over time. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) presents CLIME

May 27-20, 2024 - Vancouver, B.C.

CAME created CLIME to develop national leaders in health sciences education and is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are engaged in leading initiatives that will promote excellence, innovation, change, and scholarship in Health Sciences. This Institute is geared towards Health Sciences educators who are in a position to implement new skills in the workplace. Teaching and learning methods will include: interactive lectures, individual assignments, self-reflection, small-group sessions, team work, and opportunities for networking. Moreover, case examples used during the program will be directly applicable to Health Sciences education.

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