Wellness and Leadership Grants Program
The Wellness and Leadership Grants Program is designed to provide physicians with access to small grants that will support initiatives to improve physician wellness and leadership goals. The program will allow physicians to hold events that facilitate connection with their colleagues; make improvements in workplace culture; and participate in leadership development and educational opportunities to support their overall engagement in the PEI healthcare system.
Who can participate?
Current MSPEI members. Applications must demonstrate the impact on PEI physicians (specifically ordinary, visiting, locum, resident, and student members) and be consistent with the program objectives.
Applications could include initiatives such as:
- Leadership— Organizing, facilitating, or attending networking events, conferences, and meetings related to leadership development; participating in continuing education on topics such as leadership development, communication, or equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Wellness— Supports for developing and implementing innovative ideas related to improving physician wellness (e.g. engaging consultants or other service providers).
- Building Collegiality and Workplace Culture Improvements— Organizing events and opportunities for physicians to connect outside the workplace (e.g. hosting a welcome dinner for a new physician in a region; funding a study group on workplace culture improvement; engaging consultants or other service providers to support team development or building inclusive workplaces, etc.).
Please note: Ineligible initiatives include major workplace renovations, capital clinical equipment costs, and continuing medical education requirements (CME) that are not directly and primarily focused on workplace culture, wellness improvements, leadership development, or engagement in health system change and design.
Promoting Inclusion: MSPEI supports collegiality, companionship and collaboration among all of our members. We know that feeling isolated and experiencing professional loneliness is a real experience for some physicians working in PEI’s healthcare system. Therefore, where applications are submitted for group initiatives, the Grants Program is prioritizing applications that demonstrate inclusion of MSPEI members who might not be strongly connected to a professional group or may be experiencing exclusion, such as those who are new to PEI. We are encouraging you to reach out to colleagues you may not often connect with, to invite them to connect and participate in the events you plan.
What level of funding is available?
Grant amounts will be based on the available program budget and number of physicians impacted by the proposed grant initiatives. As the number of physicians impacted per application increases, the maximum funds approved by MSPEI for the application shall increase with a target of $2,000 being spent per member.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If your application is approved, you must submit grant reports and requests for financial reimbursement, as part of the approved project, within three months of the project completion.
MSPEI offers this program to all MSPEI members. This is made possible in part from a multi-year Affinity Fund provided by CMA, MD Management, and Scotiabank in conjunction with Master Agreement Article D4 Healthy Physician Workforce funding.