Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)

Established in 1995, ELAM offers an intensive one-year program of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health.

Despite the greater numbers of women matriculating at our nation's medical, dental and public health schools, women are still significantly underrepresented within the top most administrative ranks of academic health centers, even though there is a widely acknowledged need to diversify leadership and improve cultural and gender sensitivity in healthcare training and delivery.  Placing more women in positions of senior leadership at AHCs will provide important, new perspectives for decision making and help speed the curricular, organizational and policy changes needed to ensure a more effective, representative and responsive healthcare system.

The ELAM Program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years.  While attaining higher levels within the AHC executive ranks is the program's primary focus, ELAM encourages its graduates to pursue the full diversity of roles within their organizations that offer opportunities for leadership.

The effectiveness of ELAM's distinctive approach to leadership preparation is broadly recognized within the academic health community, with nearly 90 percent of U.S. medical schools and 50 percent of U.S. dental schools represented among the program's graduates.

ELAM graduates come from more than 100 academic health centers and include 21 current or former deans, 90 department chairs, 30 center or institute directors, and 70 senior dean's staff throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico.

Acceptance into ELAM is determined through an annual competitive selection process, in which approximately 48 candidates are chosen each year.

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.  The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nations' first women's medical school and a predecessor of today' Drexel University College of Medicine.

The ELAM Program
Drexel University College of Medicine
Suite 1050, 1601 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA  19102-1310
E-Mail:  ELAM@drexelmed.edu
Phone:  215-255-7309
Fax:  215-255-7371


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