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ELAM and ELH remain committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space where fellows can hone their leadership skills. While ELAM and ELH will follow the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action will not change our deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. These qualities create better, more effective teams and foster creativity and critical thinking. Our patients fare better when care is provided by diverse teams. ELAM and ELH will continue to build a powerful community of leaders who are committed to the ideal that a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging benefits all of us.

2024 Laura Lynch ELAM/ELH Community Impact Award

Laura Lynch, ELAM staff member

The Laura Lynch ELAM/ELH Community Impact Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant and positive impact on the ELAM/ELH community. Recipients demonstrate professionalism, commitment and unwavering dedication to fellows, ELUMs, faculty, staff and/or other community members, inspiring others to use their talents and energy to advance the ELAM/ELH program and make a difference in achieving gender equity in academic medicine and/or hospital systems.

Important Information for the Recipient

On April 17, 2024, at the Leaders Forum in Philadelphia, the recipient will receive the Laura Lynch ELAM/ELH Community Impact Award, along with a $1,000 honorarium. It is mandatory for the awardee to be present at the Leaders Forum, and their travel and lodging expenses for the award ceremony will be provided.

See criteria and nomination form.

Nominations due by 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Questions regarding this award can be sent to Joyce Collins at

Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD
Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD

"I am committed to giving back to ELAM, because I believe ELAM represents the best of midlife learning: relevant, provided in a safe haven, grounded in modern concepts of adult learning and – most importantly – committed to connecting you to a lifelong circle of supportive peers."
Yolangel Hernandez Suarez, MD - Read Yolangel's Story

"The ELAM network is a fantastic resource for all professional and leadership dilemmas. Some examples are job search, hiring processes, preparation for an interview, negotiations for new positions, trouble shooting of existing institutional conflicts, and strategic planning. Most importantly, there is the invaluable human resource of our learning communities where no problem goes unresolved."
Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD

"The ELAM/ELUM community has become a major force in my life. One of the greatest gifts of the program is this network of phenomenal, accessible, and engaged women! The Pleiades (my Learning Community) are a source of wisdom, advice, and friendship. Similarly, the ELUMs at the University of Utah are a tight knit group."
Harriet Hopf, MD

About ELAM

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program is a year-long part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,300 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

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The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at the College of Medicine was mentioned in an Aug. 1 conversation article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine between Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, a professor, and Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, dean, both at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, about careers in academic medicine.

ELAM Blog Post: Juneteenth 2023 We are truly living in interesting times. People are seeking more connection with family and friends after two years of isolating by choice. We may have leveraged some virtual technology as well to connect with family and friends. I desire to live in a community with the ability to celebrate and share sorrow in community. Read more. (June 2023).

The ELAM program was mentioned in a March 4, 2023, New England Journal of Medicine article about the benefits of workforce diversity in medicine. Read more at New England Journal of Medicine.

Nancy Spector, MD, and Kheyandra D. Lewis, MD, MEd, a faculty member in Drexel's Department of Pediatrics, are two of the authors of "Association of Patient and Family Reports of Hospital Safety Climate With Language Proficiency in the US," which was published in JAMA Pediatrics (June 2022).

The ELAM program is pleased to announce the selection of its 2022-2023 class of fellows and the fellows for its new program, Executive Leadership in Health Care (May 2022).

Nancy Spector, MD, Barbara Overholser, MA, and Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, were co-editors of Women in Pediatrics: The Past, Present and Future, which was published by Springer (May 2022).


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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.