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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 1,200 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

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D. Walter Cohen, DDS, chancellor emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine and a co-founder of ELAM, passed away on June 29, 2018. Learn more about Dr. Cohen.


The ELAM program was mentioned in a March 4, 2023, New England Journal of Medicine article about the benefits of workforce diversity in medicine. Read more at New England Journal of Medicine.

Nancy Spector, MD, and Kheyandra D. Lewis, MD, MEd, a faculty member in Drexel's Department of Pediatrics, are two of the authors of "Association of Patient and Family Reports of Hospital Safety Climate With Language Proficiency in the US," which was published in JAMA Pediatrics (June 2022).

The ELAM program is pleased to announce the selection of its 2022-2023 class of fellows and the fellows for its new program, Executive Leadership in Health Care (May 2022).

Nancy Spector, MD, Barbara Overholser, MA, and Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, were co-editors of Women in Pediatrics: The Past, Present and Future, which was published by Springer (May 2022).

Nancy Spector, MD, was interviewed on the podcast Raise the Line. Her episode was "Bringing Gender Diversity to Medical Education Leadership" (January 2022).

ELAM Blog Post: Virtual Negotiation Training: Evidence That It Works. Gender-based disparities in academic medicine are well-known. Women earn less than men, even after controlling for rank, RVUs and grant funding, and the pipeline for talent leaks more as it gets to the top, with only 25% of full professors being female compared to 46% of assistant professors. Read more. (September 2021)


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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.