Inspiring a Management Focus at Humber River Hospital
An instructor with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) and a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Dr. Patrick Safieh was inspired to launch a training program for U of T medical students in Humber River Hospital’s new Family Medicine Teaching Unit to help them better understand the non-medical aspects of delivering services in a time of budget restraints and disruptive change.
Safieh, a member of the hospital’s medical staff, is spearheading the project after his own experience in the Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HLDP) developed by SEEC.
“HLDP helped with areas that I needed to accomplish goals, such as networking, presenting, negotiating and other essential skills,” said Safieh, also a facilitator in SEEC’s new Schulich Mini-MBA: Physician Business Leadership Program.
“I was privileged to be involved in the genesis of this Humber River project and am proud to say that the HLDP provided the tools to get this project started. The program was instrumental in getting this project off the ground, and will benefit the hospital, physicians, and ultimately patients through improved family and emergency medicine for the community. I was able to immediately apply my HLDP learning in helping to create Humber River Hospital’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit,” said Safieh.
Safieh’s project also aims to position Humber River Hospital as a major health-care centre for the 850,000 people living in a relatively under-serviced section of northwest Toronto.
SEEC has worked successfully for more than 10 years with various health-care organizations across Canada by delivering custom versions of the Healthcare Leadership Development Program. It also offers several open enrolment leadership programs for physicians, dentists and clinicians under the Schulich Mini-MBA brand.