Advocate, actor, comedian and author Rob Hawke led a Dynamic Speaking for Leadership workshop for students in the Leadership in Medicine Elective (LiME) on February 4.
Hawke — who is an alumnus of Second City — is a respected patient advocate who draws upon his own experience as a cancer patient. His one-man show, "Norm versus Cancer: A Terminally Funny One Man Show," was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award.
One of LiME’s central messages to students by bringing in Rob is that they could learn about being leaders in medicine from other professionals — not just doctors.
Physicians who are leaders and role models teach students every day at U of T, but other professionals can provide a fresh perspective on what they value in physician leaders. As the field of medicine becomes more interprofessional and patient centred, it is important that medical students learn from other professionals. Hawke, who has worked with medical professionals in a variety of setting for a number of years now, understands this.
In the workshop, Hawke and the students began with reviewing key messages in public speaking, including the need for effective leaders to convey their ideas confidently. The workshop engaged each participant to practice their public speaking skills through group games and activities and individual solo mini-speeches. Students received helpful critiques following their speech from both Rob and the group.
The workshop is part of LiME — a preclerkship elective run by 2nd year medical students for their first and second year peers. The elective focuses on developing leadership skills through a variety of workshops, as well as small and large group seminars and lectures. This is the second year in a row Hawke has spoken to LiME students.
For more information about the Leadership in Medicine Elective, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank-you Rob, from the Leadership in Medicine Elective Directors.
- Jennifer H. (University of Toronto)