“Evolving a new generation of innovative healthcare leaders”

The Emerging Health Leaders Program is a two-week intensive, residential, leadership program for upper level undergraduate and graduate students, residents and recent alumni from across Canada and beyond. This program is a life altering experience that will challenge your thinking and it will push you to become a better leader by focusing on: personal leadership development, effective teams, change management, design thinking, as well as identifying, implementing and championing new ideas and innovations in a health environment.

The healthcare landscape is continually changing, and will require innovative leaders who can disrupt the status quo to bring forth meaningful changes. Whether you are continuing on to medical school, graduate school, are entering the workforce, or have years of work experience, the Emerging Health Leaders Program will give you the tools to drive innovation in healthcare.


"As a resident physician, the Emerging Health Leaders program allowed me to strengthen and gain leadership and business skills that are not easily improved during residency. In a nonjudgemental environment with multidisciplinary perspectives, I was able to gain insight into my strengths and weaknesses as both a leader and team member. Working in a small group setting allowed our group to encourage each other to think outside the box, challenge our self perceptions and accomplish personal achievements. This is an incredible opportunity for resident physicians to network, employ leadership and communication tools and learn from others shaping the future of the health care landscape. I am very thankful for the opportunity."
– Caitlin VanDeCappelle, 2017 EHL Graduate, PGY 4 Anesthesia, McMaster University
“A life-changing 2 weeks of self-discovery, team work, and integration of leadership into healthcare, with an exceptional community of faculty and students.”
– Anahita Dehmoobad Sharifabadi, 2016 EHL Graduate, First Year, U of Ottawa MD Program
“Between meeting experts in the field and engaging in compelling discussions and workshops with peers from other programs, the Emerging Health Leaders Program challenged me to think outside the norm. I look forward to carrying the leadership tools and strategies that I learned here with me for the rest of my training and my career.”
– Adam Eqbal, 2016 EHL Graduate, First Year, McMaster MD Program
"The residential component of the program forced me to get to know a group of people in a relatively short period of time. The combination of casual and professional interactions was a valuable lesson in learning how to work with peers who are also colleagues. It was refreshing to approach current healthcare topics from a multitude of lens. The program curriculum showcased the intersection between business innovation, health policies & systems, and educational leadership."
– Susan He, 2017 EHL Graduate, Master of Teaching, University of Toronto
"The knowledge and skills I gained inside the classrooms of the Health Leadership Academy were immensely valuable. However, the highlights of my experience were the lasting friendships I developed with fellow students - as diverse as they are wonderful. These relationships, by comparison, are truly priceless."
- Fady Sulaiman, 2017 EHL Graduate, 3rd Year, Bachelors of Health Sciences, McMaster University
"More than ever leadership skills are proving to be vital in healthcare. As a medical resident, I appreciated the approaches taken by EHL in enhancing and building valuable skills in becoming a successful leader. EHL provided an ideal atmosphere which not only facilitated learning but the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals in forming lasting friendships."
- Jana Kunasingam 2017 EHL Graduate Resident Physician, University of Saskatchewan

What Have Our Graduates Learned?

Emerging Health Leaders Program - Akiv Jhrad

Akiv share’s his experience in the Emerging Health Leaders Program (2016) at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy.

Emerging Health Leaders Program - Taylor Young

Taylor share’s her experience in the Emerging Health Leaders Program (2016) at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy.

Application Process

Who Should Apply?

Program participants will be undergraduate students, graduate students and recent alumni from across Canada with an interest in the field of healthcare. These students will have been successful in their academic and extra-curricular activities while demonstrating leadership capabilities.

Application Process

A selection committee will be looking for well-rounded applicants who can provide examples of demonstrated leadership. The application process will consist of an online application and a personal interview. The application will include a short written component and resume. Applicants that meet the written submission criteria will be invited for an interview with the selection panel including faculty and staff.


The 2018 EHL program will be offered in
Summer 2018 – August 19 to September 1.

Enrollment is limited.

Please review a list of Frequently Asked Questions. All questions about the program or application process can be directed to An Kuye at kuyea@mcmaster.ca.



The fee for EHL is $3000 per participant.

Tuition for the Emerging Health Leaders Program includes:

  • All course materials
  • Shared accommodation (Note: Private accommodation is available at an additional cost)
  • Transportation
  • Several in-course meals and select dinners

For successful applicants seeking entry into the program, payments may be made in installments. A payment schedule will be provided.

Sample Program Outline

Week 1

  • Leadership
    • Leadership and Healthcare are both team sports
    • Personal Leadership
    • Teams v.s. Individuals: Why teams?
    • Moral Reasoning and Social Decision Making
  • Foresight & Innovation
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Developing Strategies for Innovation
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Leading Personal & Organizational Change
  • Managing, Coaching and Mentoring Self & Others

Week 2

  • Difficult & Persuasive Communications
  • Field Trips
  • Change Essentials & Simulation
  • Management Essentials in Finance
  • The Ecology of Organizing: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Capstone Development & Presentation
  • Peer Feedback & Graduation


* All EHL programming has a health focus. The HLA brings in industry speakers to share insights into current health challenges, innovations and practices. Topics range across a holistic spectrum including anything from mindfulness to entrepreneurship to social capital.


The Emerging Health Leaders Program is offered:

August 19th to September 1st 2018.

Please review a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

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