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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® 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.

2019 ELAM Leaders Forum

2022 Leaders Forum

The 2022 ELAM Leaders Forum will take place April 27 and 28 at at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 27

1 – 1:30 p.m.: Pre-Forum Hospitality Lounge
Guests can mingle in the lounge prior to the Forum

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Welcome and Overview
“I Cannot Go To Work Today,” said Dr. Peggy Ann McKay: How Sexual Harrassment and Bullying Push Women Physicians Out
Maya S. Iyer MD, MEd, FAAP
Director of Emergency Medicine Faculty Development
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil
Newman Family Professor
Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine
University of Michigan

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: Medical Portraits
The Women Before Me: Painting the Pioneers
Pamela Chen, MD
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital

3:15 – 5:30 p.m.: Gallery Walk/Poster Presentations
Guided walk with ELUM facilitators featuring formal poster presentations and discussion with a cohort of fellows and their deans/invited guests.

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.: Poster Reception
A cocktail reception with the opportunity for open viewing of all posters.

6:15 – 8 p.m.: Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Eve Higginbotham, MD
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Ophthalmology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Thursday, April 28

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Leaders Breakfast
This is a closed session for deans and deans’ designees to meet with Nancy Spector, ELAM’s executive director, for an update on the program and its research activities and to share approaches to advancing women faculty to leadership in their institutions.

8:45 – 9 a.m.: Break

9 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: ELAM 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.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Lunch and Leader to Leader Dialogues With Your Fellow(s)
This is an important time for you and your fellow(s) to meet to discuss next steps in her 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.

2:30 – 5 p.m.: Graduation and Reception With Your Fellow(s)
We invite you to stay on after the Forum to attend your fellow’s graduation and reception. This year we are pleased to have ELUM Deborah German, dean of University of Central Florida College of Medicine, as our speaker. Deans’ participation in this event, which caps a highly intensive year, is especially meaningful for the fellows.

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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.