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Our gratitude goes out to all ELUMs who give their time and energy to help us move forward in our mission to increase the number and impact of women in academic medicine leadership.

ELAM relies heavily on our ELUM community to assist in our work to increase the number and impact of women in academic medicine, dentistry, and public health. Listed below are a number of ways in which you can gift your time and expertise to ELAM. We ask that you take the time to read through each opportunity and think about how you can contribute.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Serving on a committee, such as the Alumnae Advisory Group, Admissions Committee, or Educational and Quality Improvement Committee [learn more]
  • Acting as a Learning Community advisor [learn more]
  • Participating as a panelist for Meet the Leaders or Career Day [learn more]
  • Serving as an IAP peer consultants [learn more]

For information on these opportunities and more, please contact us at ELAM@DrexelMed.edu.


ELAM Committees

ELAM Admissions: 40-50 reviewers (approximately one third new each year)

  • Review, score and provide written feedback for 8-10 applications (CV, application essays, and letters of nomination and recommendation)
  • Approximately 6-8 hours of time during February and early March
  • Expertise/skills needed:
    • distilling complex applications
    • knowledge of career development opportunities
    • ability to assess readiness for institutional leadership. (For more information about the process and selection criteria see the Applications page.)

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ELUMs currently serving on the Alumnae Advisory Group

ELAM Alumnae Advisory Group: 6 alumnae (term is 1 year, renewable to 3 years)

  • Work with staff to expand alumnae professional development activities, enhance opportunities to connect through social media and professional meetings, and support fundraising
  • One-hour conference call every 4-6 weeks, preceded by 1-2 hours of review
  • Travel to a one-day Advisory Group meeting held in conjunction with the winter ELAM fellowship meeting, and additional work outside of meetings as necessary
  • Expertise/skills needed: skills in fundraising, community building, and event planning are helpful but not required

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Educational Quality and Improvement (EQI) Committee: 4-6 alumnae (1-2 new each year)

  • Review the curriculum and feedback from fellows for opportunities for improvement
  • Approximately four 2-hour conference calls, each preceded by 1-2 hours of review
  • Expertise/skills needed: interest in program design and evaluation

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ELUMs volunteering their time as Learning Community Advisors

Programmatic Support

Learning Community (LC) Advisors: 9 alumnae (3 new each year)

  • Guide the process of LC members organizing, following good processes and establishing practices of mutual support for each other and for fellowship assignments.
  • Attend 2-3 days of each ELAM session (three sessions), hold 2-3 conference calls with the director, and 2 monthly conference calls with LC
  • Expertise/skills needed:
    • alumnae a few years out from ELAM
    • empathic listening, open inquiry, and mindfulness in moments of dissent
    • skill in managing effective team process and drawing out wisdom of group members
    • ability to draw upon diverse perspectives and experiences to enhance inclusion among group members

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Panelists for Meet the Leaders – Conversations on Power and Politics: 3-4 alumnae/year

  • Share your stories of experiences with organizational politics, generous use of power, and challenges of leadership transitions
  • 45 minute prep phone call with director, 2-hour event during the spring session of ELAM, and the possibility of providing 3-6 career consultations for fellows, as well as participate in any fellowship activities over the course of the session
  • Expertise/skills needed:
    • experience with leadership job transitions and working with diverse staff
    • the ability to tell a good story that reveals challenge and sometimes failure from the position of having learned and moved forward
    • the ability to engage an audience and share the stage with other leaders

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ELUMs volunteering their time to serve as panelists during Career Day

Panelists for Career Day: 3-4 alumnae/year

  • Share your journeys of pursuing and being pursued for new positions, deciding on and negotiating for roles and resources to do the job well, and transitioning from one leadership role and network to another
  • 45-minute prep phone call with director, 2-hour panel during ELAM spring session, and the possibility of providing 3-6 career consultations for fellows, as well as to participate in any fellowship activities over the course of the session
  • Expertise/skills:
    • have made transitions within their organizations and who have moved from other institutions within the previous 1-2 years
    • had challenging transitions or negotiations that resulted in better offers than initially expected
    • represent a full range of clinicians, scientists, educators from medicine, dentistry, and public health
    • can provide insights into the challenges of seeking, negotiating and accepting with sufficient candor

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Institutional Action Project (IAP) Peer Consultants: 15-20 alumnae each year

  • Meet with small groups of 3-4 fellows whose projects share a similar focus to bring the voices of experience to development of their IAPs
  • 1-hour orientation and 2-hour consultation during the ELAM winter session; 1-2 hour prep; potential small amount of time of follow-up as interested
  • Skills/expertise needed: ability to listen and provide meaningful input on fellows' projects

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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.