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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Leaders Forum

April 26 – 27, 2017
Chubb Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, PA

The ELAM Leaders Forum is a unique opportunity for fellows and their institutional leaders to discuss the wide range of organizational change initiatives addressed during the fellowship year. The core of the Leaders Forum is a poster symposium showcasing the outcomes of the fellows' Institutional Action Projects (IAPs) — the capstone of the ELAM fellowship year.

The symposium:

  • Highlights the fellows' accomplishments and leadership activities.
  • Provides a space for content-rich interaction between fellows and guests.
  • Supports collaboration on organizational change efforts across institutions.
  • Demonstrates the overarching impact of ELAM Institutional Action Projects on organization improvement.

ELAM fellow presenting her IAP at the 2016 Leaders Forum

2017 Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 26

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Pre-Forum Hospitality Lounge

A hospitality lounge will be available outside the Lafayette Ballroom for guests to mingle prior to the Forum.

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome and Overview

2:45 – 4 p.m.
Gallery Walk/Poster Presentations

Guided walk with ELUM facilitators featuring formal poster presentations and discussion with a cohort of fellows and their deans/invited guests.

4 – 5 p.m.
Poster Reception

A cocktail reception with the opportunity for open viewing of all posters.

6:05 8 p.m.

Dinner is available in the Conference Center dining room.

Thursday, April 27

8 – 9 a.m.
Deans' Breakfast

This is a closed session for deans and deans' designees with Nancy Spector, ELAM's executive director, to be updated on the program and its research activities, and to share approaches to advancing women faculty to leadership in their institutions.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
ELAM Institutional Action Project (IAP) Poster Symposium

Fellows and guests meet in one of four concurrent moderated sessions (education, research, clinical, administration) to harvest lessons of leadership from the process and outcomes of the IAPs. Two waves of sessions will allow participants to draw from a range of discussions.

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch and Leader-to-Leader Dialogues with Your Fellow(s)
This is an important time for you and your fellow(s) to meet to discuss next steps in her leadership pathway. Many of our ELAM-experienced deans remark that this is the most important time in the Forum for them because they are able to discuss institutional leadership initiatives outside the distractions of the usual office day. If you have more than one fellow, we hope that you will set aside additional time to meet with each separately for this important discussion.

2:45 – 5 p.m.
Graduation (2:45 – 4 p.m.) and Reception (4 – 5 p.m.)
We invite you to stay on after the Forum to attend your fellow's graduation and reception. This year we are pleased to have Alicia Monroe, MD, provost and senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs at Baylor College of Medicine as our graduation speaker. Deans' participation in this event, which caps a highly intensive year, is especially meaningful for the fellows.

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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 nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.