Course Description

You are an accomplished and committed physician who is considering or have been appointed to a leadership role within your healthcare organization or practice group.  As a physician leader, you are now expected to understand and apply management concepts (designing, implementing and, managing program or services) in your new role that are not taught in medical school or your postgraduate training. 

Learn about these management concepts for the physician leaders, and those who aspire to lead in Management Principles for Physicians: Using Simulation Modeling to Enhanced Resource Utilization in a Healthcare Environment.


Using Simulation Modeling to Enhance Resource Utilization in a Healthcare Environment: 

This year's curriculum will be focused on harnessing the power of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) to optimize service delivery and/or capacity planning, and how DES implementation can help achieve desired strategic change.  This online course will be facilitated by business school faculty with expertise in Health Care Operational management and leadership strategy in healthcare organizations.

In Management Principles for Physicians, you will learn how these management concepts can help you, the physician leader, or those who aspire to lead.

This joint offering from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Ivey School of Business, will provide the participant with practical ways to incorporate managerial concepts into enhancing healthcare delivery. This course presumes no prior exposure to business management concepts.  

Course Outline

Session 1: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Introduction to Theory of Constraints and Discrete Event Simulation (DES) 
The Role of Simulation in Healthcare Operations Management
Demonstration of a DES in Healthcare and the Simul8 Software
Facilitator: Fahim Ahmed

Session Learning Objectives: Discrete Event Simulation (DES)

Introduction to Theory of Constraints and Discrete Event Simulation (DES):

  • Define capacity and workforce management
  • Identify principles of Discrete Event Simulation (DES)

The Role of Simulation in Healthcare Operations Management:

  • Discuss how simulation can be utilized to model healthcare processes and systems

Demonstration of a DES in Healthcare and the Simul8 Software:

  • Apply the use of DES software in support of capacity and workforce management in healthcare
  • Distinguish between localized and system-wide optimization

Review of DES Simul8 Exercise:

  • Use a DES model of a simple healthcare system
  • Develop a DES model of a simple healthcare system
  • Discuss various key performance indicators and trade-offs among DES models
Session 2: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Review of DES Simul8 Exercise
Facilitator: Fahim Ahmed
Managing and Implementing Strategic Change I  
Managing and Implementing Strategic Change II
Facilitator: Mazi Raz

Session Learning Objectives: Managing and Implementing Strategic Change

Session I:

  • Review managerial challenges in rapidly changing systems with increasing ambiguities
  • Integrate new perspectives on organizational dynamics into strategic change initiatives

Session II:

  • Evaluate the sources of obstacles and oppositions to change in a complex healthcare system
  • Examine effective practices of resource utilization when working across boundaries and in hierarchies

A minimum of 25% of this program is dedicated to participant interaction.

7.0 certified Mainpro+® credits and 7.0 MOC Section 1 hours

What You Will Learn

To provide physician managers with business principles to improve quality, professionalism and enhance efficiency in health care delivery.

At the successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1) Describe basic principles of operational management – capacity, utilization, throughput, bottlenecks

2) Apply discrete event simulation (DES) to enhance health system performance

3) Develop approaches to advance changes in complex hierarchical healthcare organizations




This course is taught live in a synchronous online learning environment

Course Directors
Samuel Siu, MD, SM, MBA, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine
Coordinator of Physician Leadership Program
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

David Barrett, PhD, MBA, CMA, CPA
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Ivey Business School at Western University

Commercial Support
This program has no commercial support.


This course is strictly for physicians who are currently in practice.
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