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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Leaders Forum

April 29 – 30, 2020
The Study at University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019 ELAM Leaders Forum

The ELAM Leaders Forum is a unique opportunity for fellows and their institutional leaders to discuss the wide range of organizational change initiatives addressed during the fellowship year. The core of the Leaders Forum is a poster symposium showcasing the outcomes of the fellows' Institutional Action Projects (IAPs) — the capstone of the ELAM fellowship year.

The 2020 Forum will take place on April 29 and 30 at the Study at University City, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The graduation speaker is negotiation and conflict management expert Catherine Morrison, JD.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 29

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Pre-Forum hospitality lounge, available for guests to mingle prior to the Forum.

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Welcome from Nancy Spector, MD

2 – 4:30 p.m.

Gallery walk/poster presentations: A guided walk with ELUM facilitators featuring formal poster presentations and discussion with a cohort of fellows and their deans and invited guests.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Poster reception: Cocktail reception with the opportunity for open viewing of all posters.

6 – 8 p.m.


Thursday, April 30

8 – 9 a.m.

Deans breakfast: This is a closed session for deans and deans’ designees with Nancy Spector, ELAM’s executive director. Attendees will be updated about the program, its research activities, and approaches to advancing women faculty to leadership in their institutions.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Institutional Action Project (IAP) poster symposium: Fellows and guests meet in one of four concurrent moderated sessions (education, research, clinical, administration) to harvest lessons of leadership from the process and outcomes of the IAPs. Two waves of sessions will allow participants to draw from a range of discussions.

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch and leader-to-leader dialogues for fellows and deans/deans’ designees: This is an important time for deans and their fellow(s) to meet to discuss next steps in the fellow's leadership pathway. Many of our ELAM-experienced deans remark that this is the most important time in the Forum for them, because they are able to discuss institutional leadership initiatives outside the distractions of the usual office day. If you have more than one fellow, we hope that you will set aside additional time to meet with each separately for this important discussion.

2:45 – 4 p.m.

Graduation ceremony: We invite attendees to stay on after the Forum to attend the fellows' graduation. This year we are pleased to have negotiation and conflict management expert Catherine Morrison, JD, as our speaker. Deans’ participation in this event, which caps a highly intensive year, is especially meaningful for the fellows.

4 – 5 p.m.


2019 Leaders Forum

The 2019 Forum included a special conversation with Dr. Robert Grossman, CEO, NYU Hospitals Center and dean, New York University School of Medicine, about his experiences dealing with financial difficulties and weather disasters. The graduation ceremony included a keynote address by Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health, and a graduate of ELAM. Dr. Valantine spoke of the imperative to make institutional changes to create more diversity.

See a list of the fellows' IAP

2019 ELAM Leaders Forum

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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.