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The ELAM Blog

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The Power of Intersectionality to Promote Allyship

As a woman of color in academia, I’ve often experienced the marginalization, isolation and microaggressions that are inherent in predominantly white institutions. Sadly, being in a leadership position does not shield one. Read more.

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The Importance of an Internal AND External Curriculum Vitae

As an ELUM and a search consultant at WittKieffer, I wanted to share some thoughts about CVs, resumes and executive summaries — they can all be very confusing! Read more.

June 14

Do No Harm

I am lying on my yoga mat in heart bench, a block under my upper back lifting my chest skyward, and another lower one supporting my head. My feet are together, my knees wide. Class is about to start, and I am wondering why I am here. Read more.

May 6

Civil Discourse and Academic Medicine

When you hear the words “civil discourse,” what comes to mind? You may envision a room of politically charged individuals debating gun safety versus gun rights, immigration or other contentious issues. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it? Why would anyone want to engage in something like that? And what could possibly be the connection to leadership in academic medicine? Read more.

March 27

Getting to ELAM's 25th Anniversary

We're 15 months away from what is a milestone event for women in academic medicine – the 25th anniversary of the founding of ELAM. We're excited to celebrate ELAM's accomplishments – and more importantly – YOUR accomplishments – at our celebration on May 1, 2020. Last year, 69 of our ELUMs moved into exciting new positions of leadership and 38 of our alumnae received awards or board appointments. Our alumnae are leaders in 259 schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. We have 1,026 alumnae across the country and the world who are making measurable impact at their institutions. We are a powerful network of leaders with an equally powerful network of allies. Working together – women and men – is how we are going to make progress. Read more.

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.