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Whether we realize it or not, as physicians we are looked upon as leaders within our community. The journey through med school and residency is uniquely intense and stressful. My goal is to empower M.D. trainees like you, with skills and competencies to manage your stress effectively so you become true leaders in medicine - emotionally intelligent physicians and surgeons who positively impact our patients, colleagues and systems, while maintaining your own wellness. 

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PART 1: THE COURSE
Dripped Online Course Curriculum
  • Video lessons available online to view at your own convenience, dripped every two weeks to allow you time in between to integrate and apply concepts and strategies in your everyday contexts
  • Structured content with application to real-life scenarios 
  • Practical strategies and tools to help you navigate stress and establish your foundation as an effective and impactful leader
PART 2: THE COMMUNITY
Access to support 24/7 with complementary membership to the Docs in Leadership Enrichment Club, our growing community of med students and residents from near and far
  • Share your experiences and explore ideas with fellow medical trainees at different stages of training
  • Connect with accountability partners to encourage and support one another as you progress through this program
  • Learn what's working (& not working) for fellow med students and residents as they navigate their own stresses and challenges
PART 3: THE COACHING
Group Coaching Calls to have your questions answered LIVE and solidify your understanding
  • Facing a specific challenge? Join me on our group coaching calls, and we'll uncover insights and strategies to help you through
  • Celebrate your wins from the week, and set new goals for the upcoming week. You'll love the supportive community of fellow students
  • Receive tailored support during our LIVE group coaching sessions. I'm dedicated to helping you transform your stress into a valued resource that helps you succeed, thrive and maintain your wellness.

P R O G R A M    E L E M E N T S

P R O G R A M    E L E M E N T S

PART 1: THE COURSE
Dripped Online Course Curriculum
  • Video lessons available online to view at your own convenience, dripped every two weeks to allow you time in between to integrate and apply concepts and strategies in your everyday contexts
  • Structured content with application to real-life scenarios 
  • Practical strategies and tools to help you navigate stress and establish your foundation as an effective and impactful leader
PART 2: THE COMMUNITY
Access to support 24/7 with complementary membership to the Docs in Leadership Enrichment Club, our growing community of med students and residents from near and far
  • Share your experiences and explore ideas with fellow medical trainees at different stages of training
  • Connect with accountability partners to encourage and support one another as you progress through this program
  • Learn what's working (& not working) for fellow med students and residents as they navigate their own stresses and challenges
PART 3: THE COACHING
Group Coaching Calls to have your questions answered LIVE and solidify your understanding

Facing a specific challenge? Join me on our group coaching calls, and we'll uncover insights and strategies to help you through

Celebrate your wins from the week, and set new goals for the upcoming week. You'll love the supportive community of fellow students

Receive tailored support during our LIVE group coaching sessions. I'm dedicated to helping you transform your stress into a valued resource that helps you succeed, thrive and maintain your wellness.

A multi-dimensional program for your career and life, to help you maintain your wellness and excel

A multi-dimensional program for your career and life, to help you maintain your wellness and excel

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"A strength-building journey...

This Docs in Leadership program is unique in that it will not only challenge your perceptions about how you problem solve, communicate, and plan for life, but it provides you an opportunity to listen to others' experiences going through the program as well. This program covers all the bases that a young professional needs to navigate the journey through medicine. What was most useful for me was that the program does not seek to provide you with cookie cutter answers to life scenarios, rather it provides you with the tools to apply to your individualized problems. Dr. Ahuja's A.D.M.I.T. framework is a practical and easy to use tool to navigate life stressors and decision making. In a career that has so much uncertainty, the framework, and by extension the Docs in Leadership program, provides a step by step approach to conquering the unknown. Lastly, the group coaching sessions are incredibly valuable. Even as somebody who couldn't attend most of these sessions in real time, the benefit I received from watching the readily available recordings was incredible. It's so rare that we have access to the thoughts and ideas our colleagues have when navigating this career. While our journey in the program is individual, the group coaching sessions give a sense of collaboration and support that is so refreshing. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone seeking to find new ways to approach the difficult decisions, situations, and challenges found in this career. As an added bonus, this program extends beyond the career realm, and also empowers you to learn more about yourself!"

- Iman Lahouaoula, MD Class of 2024
University of British Columbia

"Forging progress...

Before starting this program, when faced with difficult situations (whether it be life stressors, burnout, professional conflicts, or the like), I would ad lib my way through them, relying on strategies that I had developed informally over the years, often modelled off of my mentors and peers. I imagine this is similar to how most people handle the various challenging aspects of their lives. While this allows one 'get by', I truly believe a framework-based approach allows one to more adequately handle and progress through difficult situations, especially in high achieving environments such as medicine and academia.

Central to this program of course is Dr. Nina Ahuja, whose invaluable guidance and experience serves as the backbone, promoting growth and forging progress in each of the participants. From recorded lectures to small group coaching sessions, learning opportunities and strategies for growth come at you from all angles. Whatever one's learning style, there is an avenue in this program for self-improvement.

The crux of this institution however lies in the vibrant community it establishes. The Docs in Leadership platform is extremely well made, fostering a collaborative environment and creating links between like minded individuals. From professional networking to light-hearted conversation, the platform is essentially a social network in its own right.

For anyone aiming to forge new strategies for success in both the personal and professional sphere, especially in the context of dealing with stress and conflict, I unequivocally urge you to apply to the Docs in Leadership program. Good luck on your journey!"

- Husayn Gulamhusein, PGY5, Ophthalmology
McMaster University

Dr. Nina Ahuja, BScHons M.D. FRCSC CHE

Surgeon and Founder of Docs in Leadership
Award-Winning Medical and Surgical Educator
Author of Best Selling Book "Stress in Medicine"
EQi-2.0 Certified Emotional Intelligence Instructor

Expertise I Bring To You

Academic Leadership

  • President, Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology (Active)
  • ​Academic Division Head, Ophthalmology, McMaster University (Active)
  • ​National Specialty Certification Examiner, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Active)
  • Residency Program Director, Ophthalmology, McMaster University

Clinical Leadership

  • ​Member, Board of Directors, St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation (Active)
  • ​President, Medical Staff Association, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
  • ​Member, Joint Board of Governors, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton 
  • ​Member, Medical Advisory Committee, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

"Motivated, empowered and inspired...

Before I started this program, I was quite skeptical of how much I would truly be able to learn and take away from it. I've completed various leadership programs in the past and while each has taught me something, none have resonated with me the way the DiL ELP has. Unlike other programs, I found that the DiL ELP prepared me to be able to incorporate the lessons we were taught into my daily life. I think that this is largely attributed to the program including different learning modalities, one of my favourites being the bi-weekly coaching sessions. At these sessions we’re privileged to have live coaching sessions guided by Dr. Ahuja who answers our questions and provides immediate feedback on the session’s activity. These sessions have also provided me with the opportunity to learn from other members of the DiL ELP community who never fail to inspire and motivate me.

It has been an honor to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals who want to learn about themselves and ways in which they can improve not only academically but personally. This program has not only improved the way I act as a leader currently, it has equipped me with the skills to be able to continuously grow. I’m excited for my peers and future colleagues to be able to have access to this program to see how helpful it really is."

- Emaan Chaudry, MD Class of 2023
University of Ottawa

"An empowering journey...

Before I started this program I felt like I did not have a framework for managing my stress. I had not taken the time to reflect on what in my life adds significant stress and how I could better manage my responsibilities to reduce the stress in my life. I would often neglect my personal wellbeing in order to have more time in my day to accomplish the work I had to finish. This program has helped me by providing me a framework for dealing with stresses in my life and being able to take steps in reducing the amount of stress I have through consistent reflection. In addition to dealing with stress, this program has provided valuable information about excelling as a leader, dealing with conflict, and specific tips for dealing with stresses in medical school. I found the discussion around choosing a specialty by thinking about what I value particularly valuable as it is an area that can create significant stress for me at times. Overall, the Docs in Leadership program was a truly valuable experience and one that I would highly recommend for all medical students and residents looking to further develop their leadership qualities. Dr. Ahuja is a terrific physician, educator, and person and I am extremely grateful to have had the chance to experience this program."

- Adrian Kuchtaruk, MD Class  of 2024
Western University

"Dr. Ahuja's Docs in Leadership program is exceptional!

I am currently a second-year medical student. Before starting this program, I was lacking substantial methods to manage my stress. This program along with Dr. Ahuja truly provided me with the tools to navigate challenging situations in my medical school career and personal life. We had the opportunity to learn about Dr. Ahuja's ADMIT framework, which provides a structured approach to any new situation one might be facing as a medical student, resident or fellow. The coaching sessions with Dr. Ahuja and the group really provide you with the time and space to reflect on how to apply these tools to your everyday life. Additionally, receiving valuable feedback really improved my mindset in how to approach stressful situations I will encounter. Dr. Ahuja offers significant guidance by sharing many of the experiences she faced in her medical career, and it is incredibly useful to have a safe space where we can share our worries or concerns. Throughout the curriculum, we delved into the concepts of emotional intelligence and leadership. Personally, this transformed my perspective on how to be a great leader in the workplace and how to stay accountable in order to provide my team with the best resources to achieve success. I have acquired a growth mindset thanks to Dr. Ahuja and her Docs in Leadership program. I believe that every medical student and resident will benefit immensely from the Docs in Leadership program. Do not hesitate to enrol! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions."

- Maya Alik, MD Class of 2024 
McGill University

"Dr. Ahuja's Docs in Leadership program is exceptional!

I am currently a second-year medical student. Before starting this program, I was lacking substantial methods to manage my stress. This program along with Dr. Ahuja truly provided me with the tools to navigate challenging situations in my medical school career and personal life. We had the opportunity to learn about Dr. Ahuja's ADMIT framework, which provides a structured approach to any new situation one might be facing as a medical student, resident or fellow. The coaching sessions with Dr. Ahuja and the group really provide you with the time and space to reflect on how to apply these tools to your everyday life. Additionally, receiving valuable feedback really improved my mindset in how to approach stressful situations I will encounter. Dr. Ahuja offers significant guidance by sharing many of the experiences she faced in her medical career, and it is incredibly useful to have a safe space where we can share our worries or concerns. Throughout the curriculum, we delved into the concepts of emotional intelligence and leadership. Personally, this transformed my perspective on how to be a great leader in the workplace and how to stay accountable in order to provide my team with the best resources to achieve success. I have acquired a growth mindset thanks to Dr. Ahuja and her Docs in Leadership program. I believe that every medical student and resident will benefit immensely from the Docs in Leadership program. Do not hesitate to enrol! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions."

- Maya Alik, MD Class of 2024 
McGill University

"An empowering journey...

Before I started this program I felt like I did not have a framework for managing my stress. I had not taken the time to reflect on what in my life adds significant stress and how I could better manage my responsibilities to reduce the stress in my life. I would often neglect my personal wellbeing in order to have more time in my day to accomplish the work I had to finish. This program has helped me by providing me a framework for dealing with stresses in my life and being able to take steps in reducing the amount of stress I have through consistent reflection. In addition to dealing with stress, this program has provided valuable information about excelling as a leader, dealing with conflict, and specific tips for dealing with stresses in medical school. I found the discussion around choosing a specialty by thinking about what I value particularly valuable as it is an area that can create significant stress for me at times. Overall, the Docs in Leadership program was a truly valuable experience and one that I would highly recommend for all medical students and residents looking to further develop their leadership qualities. Dr. Ahuja is a terrific physician, educator, and person and I am extremely grateful to have had the chance to experience this program."

- Adrian Kuchtaruk, MD Class  of 2024
Western University

"Motivated, empowered and inspired...

Before I started this program, I was quite skeptical of how much I would truly be able to learn and take away from it. I've completed various leadership programs in the past and while each has taught me something, none have resonated with me the way the DiL ELP has. Unlike other programs, I found that the DiL ELP prepared me to be able to incorporate the lessons we were taught into my daily life. I think that this is largely attributed to the program including different learning modalities, one of my favourites being the bi-weekly coaching sessions. At these sessions we’re privileged to have live coaching sessions guided by Dr. Ahuja who answers our questions and provides immediate feedback on the session’s activity. These sessions have also provided me with the opportunity to learn from other members of the DiL ELP community who never fail to inspire and motivate me.

It has been an honor to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals who want to learn about themselves and ways in which they can improve not only academically but personally. This program has not only improved the way I act as a leader currently, it has equipped me with the skills to be able to continuously grow. I’m excited for my peers and future colleagues to be able to have access to this program to see how helpful it really is."

- Emaan Chaudry, MD Class of 2023
University of Ottawa

"Dr. Ahuja's Docs in Leadership program is exceptional!

I am currently a second-year medical student. Before starting this program, I was lacking substantial methods to manage my stress. This program along with Dr. Ahuja truly provided me with the tools to navigate challenging situations in my medical school career and personal life. We had the opportunity to learn about Dr. Ahuja's ADMIT framework, which provides a structured approach to any new situation one might be facing as a medical student, resident or fellow. The coaching sessions with Dr. Ahuja and the group really provide you with the time and space to reflect on how to apply these tools to your everyday life. Additionally, receiving valuable feedback really improved my mindset in how to approach stressful situations I will encounter. Dr. Ahuja offers significant guidance by sharing many of the experiences she faced in her medical career, and it is incredibly useful to have a safe space where we can share our worries or concerns. Throughout the curriculum, we delved into the concepts of emotional intelligence and leadership. Personally, this transformed my perspective on how to be a great leader in the workplace and how to stay accountable in order to provide my team with the best resources to achieve success. I have acquired a growth mindset thanks to Dr. Ahuja and her Docs in Leadership program. I believe that every medical student and resident will benefit immensely from the Docs in Leadership program. Do not hesitate to enrol! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions."

- Maya Alik, MD Class of 2024 
McGill University
  • One-of-a-kind program with multimodal learning
  • Specifically designed for med students and residents 
  • Opportunities for national and international networking

"A strength-building journey...

This Docs in Leadership program is unique in that it will not only challenge your perceptions about how you problem solve, communicate, and plan for life, but it provides you an opportunity to listen to others' experiences going through the program as well. This program covers all the bases that a young professional needs to navigate the journey through medicine. What was most useful for me was that the program does not seek to provide you with cookie cutter answers to life scenarios, rather it provides you with the tools to apply to your individualized problems. Dr. Ahuja's A.D.M.I.T. framework is a practical and easy to use tool to navigate life stressors and decision making. In a career that has so much uncertainty, the framework, and by extension the Docs in Leadership program, provides a step by step approach to conquering the unknown. Lastly, the group coaching sessions are incredibly valuable. Even as somebody who couldn't attend most of these sessions in real time, the benefit I received from watching the readily available recordings was incredible. It's so rare that we have access to the thoughts and ideas our colleagues have when navigating this career. While our journey in the program is individual, the group coaching sessions give a sense of collaboration and support that is so refreshing. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone seeking to find new ways to approach the difficult decisions, situations, and challenges found in this career. As an added bonus, this program extends beyond the career realm, and also empowers you to learn more about yourself!"

- Iman Lahouaoula, MD Class of 2024
University of British Columbia

  • One-of-a-kind program with multimodal learning
  • Specifically designed for med students and residents 
  • Opportunities for national and international networking

New enrollment opens soon. We look forward to your joining our upcoming programs and events. In the meantime, check out our website and follow @ninaahujamd on social media for updates!

Copyright 2022 Docs in Leadership, Dr. Nina Ahuja, M.D.  All rights reserved.

"Forging progress...

Before starting this program, when faced with difficult situations (whether it be life stressors, burnout, professional conflicts, or the like), I would ad lib my way through them, relying on strategies that I had developed informally over the years, often modelled off of my mentors and peers. I imagine this is similar to how most people handle the various challenging aspects of their lives. While this allows one 'get by', I truly believe a framework-based approach allows one to more adequately handle and progress through difficult situations, especially in high achieving environments such as medicine and academia.

Central to this program of course is Dr. Nina Ahuja, whose invaluable guidance and experience serves as the backbone, promoting growth and forging progress in each of the participants. From recorded lectures to small group coaching sessions, learning opportunities and strategies for growth come at you from all angles. Whatever one's learning style, there is an avenue in this program for self-improvement.

The crux of this institution however lies in the vibrant community it establishes. The Docs in Leadership platform is extremely well made, fostering a collaborative environment and creating links between like minded individuals. From professional networking to light-hearted conversation, the platform is essentially a social network in its own right.

For anyone aiming to forge new strategies for success in both the personal and professional sphere, especially in the context of dealing with stress and conflict, I unequivocally urge you to apply to the Docs in Leadership program. Good luck on your journey!"

- Husayn Gulamhusein, PGY4, Ophthalmology
McMaster University

Let's do this!

New enrollment opens soon. We look forward to your joining our upcoming programs and events. 
In the meantime, check out our website and follow @ninaahujamd on social media for updates!
Copyright 2022 Docs in Leadership, Dr. Nina Ahuja, M.D.  All rights reserved.