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Executive Leadership in Health Care How to Apply

The application period for the 2023-2024 ELH fellowship is now open. The application deadline is December 2, 2022.

The nomination process for ELAM and ELH allows your institution to nominate up to two people who identify as women from each of its schools (medical, dental, public health and pharmacy) and two leaders from its health or hospital system. At ELAM, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space where fellows can hone their leadership skills. To aid in this process, we strongly encourage the nomination of applicants from diverse backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, women who identify as BILPOC, LGBTQ+, first generation, military veterans and those with disabilities. The class selection is determined based on a culturally sensitive holistic review.

Download the 2023-2024 program flyer [PDF]



Information for Applicants

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be nominated by the executive leader of their institution or health center. We strongly suggest that each applicant discuss her application with her nominator before applying.
  • Applicants must have TWO (2) recommendations. One must come from a direct supervisor, and the other from a senior colleague (preferably from outside her home department). A nominator cannot also be a recommender. If the applicant's direct supervisor is her nominating executive leader, then the applicant's recommendations must come from two other individuals, one of whom, preferably, is senior to the applicant.
  • Nominations and recommendations are constructed as short essays to describe the candidate's qualifications and institutional support for the candidate’s leadership development and engagement in organizational innovation.
  • All applications must be submitted online by December 2, 2022. ELAM will send electronic notification when the application is complete.
  • Nominations and recommendations must be received by December 16, 2022.

A strong candidate application presents evidence for leadership potential. This includes:

  • Description of leadership experiences that have included strategic risk-taking.
  • A track record of formal and informal professional development, including mentoring and program participation outside her specialty field.
  • Rationale for seeking leadership roles and a realistic assessment of likely internal and external leadership opportunities over the five years following the fellowship program.

Please take time to read through our ELAM/ELH online application user guide [PDF] and preview the application questions [PDF] before entering the online application system. Back to Top


2023-2024 Program Schedule

Jun 1-Sep 8, 2023

Complete self-assessments, assigned readings and online assignments

Sep 9-15, 2023

Attend Session I: Philadelphia
*Session ends the morning of Sep 15

Sep 16, 2023-Jan 19, 2024

Work on group and independent projects

Jan 20-25, 2024

Attend Session 2: Location TBD

Jan 26-Apr 12, 2024

Work on group and independent projects

Apr 13-18, 2024

Attend Session 3: Philadelphia
April 17-18 with deans, institutional sponsors and guests.
Leaders Forum on April 17. Graduation on April 18.

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Fees and Additional Costs

ELAM's program fee is $16,400, which covers 19 days in session, distance learning activities throughout the fellowship year, course materials, faculty/facilitators, conference site expenses, continuing education fees, special events and most meals for the fellows.

In addition to the program fee, the fellow or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging during the sessions (approximately $325/day plus tax for each session), and some meals. Travel and lodging for deans attending the Leaders Forum are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution. Meeting materials and meals are provided for forum participants.

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Information for Nominators

Nomination requirements:

  • Nominations can be made only by the senior executive leader of the candidate's academic health center.
  • A nominating institution must commit to:
    • Provide the necessary time for the candidate to fully participate in the ELH at ELAM program and to complete her assignments.
    • Financial support for the program fees and travel expenses.
    • Salary continuation during the ELH at ELAM fellowship period.
    • Assistance with assignments, especially leadership interviews and financial trends analyses.
  • Nominations must be submitted online by December 16, 2022.

Both the qualities of the candidate and the commitment of her institution are considered during the selection process.

A strong nomination includes:

  • Evidence of a clear commitment to developing the candidate for formal or informal advancement and leadership roles within the five years following ELH at ELAM.
  • A professional development plan for the fellow that includes mentoring by the nominating senior executive and other appropriate leaders, and opportunities to help the fellow develop a broader institutional view of leadership roles and strategies. Please see mentoring best practices [PDF] for more information.

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Information for Recommenders

Recommendation requirements:

  • Applicants must have TWO (2) recommendations. One must come from a direct supervisor, and the other from a senior colleague (preferably from outside her home department). A nominator cannot also be a recommender. If the applicant's direct supervisor is her nominator, then the applicant's recommendations must come from two other individuals, one of whom, preferably, is senior to the applicant.
  • Recommendations must be submitted online by December 16, 2022.

A strong recommendation describes in detail the leadership potential of the candidate.

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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.