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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 1,500 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

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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



The ELAM and ELH programs are pleased to announce the selection of the 30th anniversary class of fellows for the 2024-2025 program year: Learn more (May 2024)

ELAM and ELH are pleased to announce the graduation of the Class of 2024: Learn more (April 2024)

Read the ELAM program's 2023 annual report.

Nancy Spector, MD, was quoted in a March 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article about how more than 1,300 women have trained in the ELAM program for leadership roles in academic medicine.

Women Last in Medical Deanship Positions Just as Men Do - Why Do So Few Get an Offer? (Drexel News Blog)

Nancy Spector, MD, coauthored "Centering Women of Color to Promote Excellence in Academic Medicine" with colleagues from UC San Francisco and UC Davis. The article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (January 2024).


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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.