For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Speakers at an Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship program at Drexel University College of Medicine.


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 1,000 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

Learn More About ELAM


To our ELAM Community:

It is with a heavy heart that we are letting you know of the passing of D. Walter Cohen, DDS, chancellor emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine, and a co-founder of ELAM. Dr. Cohen had also served as the dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

When Dr. Cohen designed ELAM, he recognized that transforming the face of academic medicine would require significant culture change and persistent efforts to sustain the success of women leaders. His early leadership and strong continued support have made the program the success that ELAM is today. Dr. Cohen recently told the class of 2017–18 that the ELAM program was his greatest achievement.

His loss will be deeply felt by the ELAM community. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Cohen's obituary is available at


Nancy Spector, MD, is one of the authors of a study about underrepresentation of women as first authors of perspective-type articles. The work appeared in JAMA Network, and was also highlighted in Physician's Weekly.

Read the ELAM program's 2017 Annual Report [PDF] (March 2018)

ELAM is pleased to announce the graduation of the Class of 2018. Learn more.

ELAM announces selection of the 2018 – 2019 class. Learn more.

Contact Us

The ELAM Program
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
215.991.8171 (Fax)


Donate to ELAM


 Back to Top

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.