Leadership for sustainability in uncertain times  

About Course

ESME Lead Complex Change is an eight-week online course that engages you in multiple short cycles of adaptive action in everyday sticky and challenging issues. You will learn to use and understand practical models and methods that work in both simple and complex situations.

A unique feature of the course is the focus on your health and wellbeing as a medical educator, teacher, practitioner and administrator. Being a medical educator and health practioner, especially if you are involved in introducing new patterns of teaching, assessing, and curriculum organisation, is very stressful. Participants' attention to their own health in the workplace has become a valued part of the course.

Four essential themes will be interwoven during the eight-week course:

  • Leading at the edge of uncertainty
  • Working better together
  • Finding the fix that fits
  • Making the good better

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Stewart Mennin Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Stewart Mennin, adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Consulting Associate of the Human Dynamics Institute is a recipient of the AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education. He is Principle of Mennin Consulting & Associates, Prof. Emeritus, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, Assistant Dean Emeritus for Educational Development, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Stewart Mennin - Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute
Mary Nations Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute Mary Nations, MStat, MSOD is a Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and Principal of Nations Alliance LLC.
Mary Nations - Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute


The Lead Change course provides proven practical approaches to answer key questions:

  • How do you perceive, understand and work with leadership in an increasingly uncertain health education and practice environment?
  • How do you understand and influence health practitioner teams to succeed and groups to learn and work better together?
  • How does leadership stay relevant in a rapidly changing environment?
  • How do you continue to improve what is working well at your institution and in your practices and give attention to necessary improvements?


The course is supported by Zoom video webinar and the innovative Real Web Platform and includes:

  • Five live streaming webinars broadcast twice to include all time zones
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous discussions
  • Individual work on your own Sticky Issues
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Critical discussion and analysis of selected readings

A bibliography and reading materials will be provided.

Who can benefit

The ESME Lead Change course is timely and relevant for every health professions educator and practitioner, independent of your formal position and status in your organisation. The course is aimed at those engaged with medical and other health professional education, post-graduate training, continuing and workplace education. It is for clinical and educational supervisors, course directors and department chairs/chiefs, and members of institutional curriculum committees.

It will benefit you if you must make decisions in unpredictable environments, and work across disciplinary, social and organisational boundaries.

The Lead Change course provides health professional leadership with both a practical and theoretical foundation to enchance your ability to recognise complex patterns, take low risk wise action and stand in inquiry in your teaching and practice. It provides you with methods and models to build resilience and sustain innovation and change in an uncertain world.


Module 1:  Weeks 1 & 2: Lead at the edge of uncertainty

  1. Build capacity to adapt in times of unpredictable change
  2. See and understand patterns in complex situations and take informed actions
  3. Define success in complex environments
  4. Respond to challenges of leadership in complex environments
  5. Engage in adaptive action on your own most challenging issues

Module 2Weeks 3 & 4: Work better together

  1. Practice leading in workplace collaboration
  2. Engage with collaboration as a complex adaptive system
  3. Practice negotiating a complex sticky issue
  4. Engage in adaptive action on your own collaboration sticky issue

Module 3:  Weeks 5 & 6: Find the fix that fits

  1. Adapt to find solutions that are both efficient and effective
  2. Balance consistency with one-on-one customisation
  3. Design policies, processes, practices that fit local needs and resources
  4. Expand your options for instructional design, delivery, assessment and engagement

Module 4: Weeks 7 & 8: Making the good better

  1. Explore multiple approaches to leading assessment and evaluation activities
  2. Explore how evaluation approaches can inform how you lead learning and quality improvement
  3. Base your use of assessment processes on principles of practice to integrate learning and performance
  4. Lead systems of evaluation (Adaptive Action) to sustain patterns of successful performance
  5. Help your students, and those you lead, create and maintain systems to assess and improve their own performance

Participants who satisfactorily complete the course work will receive two certificates: an AMEE-ESME Lead Change Certificate in Medical Education and a Human Systems Dynamics Certificate of completion of an Adaptive Action Lab in Leadership in Medical Education.


Registration and Fees

Fees include access to interactive ZOOM webinar presentations, participation in an online forum facilitated by Professor Stewart Mennin, course resource materials, assessment of course work and individual feedback.

  • Standard Fee (includes membership of AMEE including access to MedEdWorld for one year) £545
  • Fee for AMEE members £475
  • Participants from countries less well resourced (includes access to MedEdWorld) £285


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We look forward to welcoming you to this course and will work with you to ensure you enjoy the experience and get maximum benefit from participating.

If you require any additional information, please contact us at [email protected] and we would be pleased to assist you.

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