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Executive Leadership in Health Care

ELAM and ELH remain committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space where fellows can hone their leadership skills. While ELAM and ELH will follow the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action will not change our deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Diversity creates better, more effective teams and fosters creativity and critical thinking. Our patients fare better when care is provided by diverse teams. ELAM and ELH will continue to build a powerful community of leaders who are committed to the ideal that a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging benefits all of us.

Executive Leadership in Health Care fellows

Since 1995, the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program has been at the forefront of national leadership training programs for women in academic medicine. The program is recognized by CEOs and deans for developing true leaders who bring high value back to their institutions. With the introduction of the Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH) program, we have built upon our fellowship model to include the concepts, tools and skills that will enable women leaders to bring their full potential to health care organizations.

The Executive Leadership in Health Care program is targeted to rising women at the equivalent of the associate professor level who are established experts in their domain. Candidates will have a track record of achievement in clinical program development (or other institutional-level activities that mark them as appropriate) and have aspirations to lead at the executive level in the next five years.

Download the 2023-2024 program flyer [PDF]

Download the 2024-2025 program flyer [PDF]

Candidates should be seven to ten years out of training, with an MD or MD-equivalent degree, with:

  • Program level leadership
  • Institutional level responsibilities (operational or strategic management)
  • Aspirations to executive-level health system roles (executive leadership, chief medical officer, chief quality officer)

ELH fellows will have the unique opportunity to work alongside their ELAM colleagues during certain curricular threads.

As an ELH fellow and graduate, you will have the power of the ELAM network to support you — more than 1,300 alumnae in leadership positions at 300 institutions in North America and beyond.

Program Objectives

Upon graduation from ELH fellows will be able to:

  1. Use strategic approaches to financial and resource management that enhance the missions of their organizations.
  2. Enhance their leadership behaviors to effectively address strategic, operational and relational challenges.
  3. Lead and manage change initiatives within complex and dynamic organizations.
  4. Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in order to build a diverse community of leadership practice that supports personal, professional and organizational effectiveness.

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: Philadelphia

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.

2024-2025 Program Schedule

Jun 1 - Sep 12, 2024

Complete self-assessments, assigned readings and online assignments

Sep 13–20, 2024

Attend Session 1: Philadelphia

Sep 21, 2024–Jan 24, 2025

Work on group and independent projects

Jan 25–30, 2025

Attend Session 2: Philadelphia

Jan 31–Apr 25, 2025

Work on group and independent projects

Apr 26–May 1, 2025

Attend Session 3: Philadelphia
(Apr 30–May 1 with deans, institutional sponsors and guests. Leaders Forum on April 30, Graduation on May 1)

Fees and Additional Costs

ELH at ELAM's program fee is $16,400, which covers in-person dates, 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, and some meals.

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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.