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Laura Lynch, ELAM staff member

2024 Laura Lynch ELAM/ELH Community Impact Award

The Laura Lynch ELAM/ELH Community Impact Award, which recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant and positive impact on the ELAM/ELH community, will be presented on April 17, 2024, at the Leaders Forum in Philadelphia.

The award honors a person who demonstrates professionalism, commitment and unwavering dedication to fellows, ELUMs, faculty, staff and/or other community members, inspiring others to use their talents and energy to advance the ELAM/ELH program and make a difference in achieving gender equity in academic medicine and/or hospital systems.

Questions regarding this award can be sent to Joyce Collins at

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 1,300 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

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Women Last in Medical Deanship Positions Just as Men Do - Why Do So Few Get an Offer? (Drexel News Blog)

Nancy Spector, MD, coauthored "Centering Women of Color to Promote Excellence in Academic Medicine" with colleagues from UC San Francisco and UC Davis. The article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (January 2024).

ELAM Blog Post: Juneteenth 2023 We are truly living in interesting times. People are seeking more connection with family and friends after two years of isolating by choice. We may have leveraged some virtual technology as well to connect with family and friends. I desire to live in a community with the ability to celebrate and share sorrow in community. Read more. (June 2023).

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.


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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.