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
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
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
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