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ELAM Announces Graduation of 2015 Class

May 1, 2015

Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, addresses the ELAM Class of 2015 at their graduation.

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the graduation of its 20th class. This graduating class of Fellows joins a diverse alumnae community of nearly 900 highly accomplished leaders that represent over 210 medical, dental, and public health schools from around the world serving in a variety of leadership positions including department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, who recently retired from the AAMC after serving as Vice President of the Division of Medical Education, shared insights from her own leadership journey as she joined the class to celebrate their achievements at a graduation ceremony accompanied by their deans, other senior officials, and national leaders.

ELAM®, established in 1995, is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation. The intensive fellowship encompasses executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and networking and mentoring activities aimed at broadening perspectives, building new capacities, and encouraging professional connections. Program assignments, both group and individual, provide opportunities for applying and exercising leadership skills in a variety of situations and settings.

The year-long fellowship concluded in April with the capstone event, the 2015 Leaders Forum. This event, which brought together the Fellows and their deans or other senior officials, featured a poster symposium highlighting the Fellows' Institutional Action Projects. These projects were conducted at their home institutions, in coordination with their deans and other senior leadership, and designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority.

"The projects conducted by this year's class of Fellows were extraordinary," said Diane Magrane, MD, Executive Director of Drexel's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which conducts the ELAM program. "The quality and impact of these projects is a testament to the capability of the members of this class to enact powerful systemic change at their home institutions and beyond."

Two members of the ELAM Class of 2015 at their graduation.

In her address, Dr. Aschenbrener offered personal observations and wisdom about being a leader in the academic environment. "The many skills you have learned at ELAM will increase your effectiveness and help you navigate the inevitable rocky waters of leadership. And it will be the qualities of heart – integrity, kindness, compassion, love – that have touched you here that will most influence the ultimate impact of your leadership… lead others to improve the world in some way. It's the only worthy goal for leaders."

ELAM's mission is to increase the number and impact of women in senior academic leadership positions. From there, these new appointments will help change the culture of academic health organizations in becoming more accepting of different perspectives and more responsive to societal needs and expectations. ELAM graduates now serve in numerous leadership positions – department head through university president – at over 195 academic health centers and organizations internationally. Currently, ELAM graduates number:

  • 14 of the 25 women deans at accredited U.S. medical schools, 6 of the 11 women deans at U.S. dental schools, and 1 of the 13 women deans at U.S. public health schools. In addition, 5 ELAM graduates are deans of U.S. graduate schools.
  • 128 department chairs at medical schools, 11 at dental schools, and 9 at public health schools.
  • 107 center directors at medical schools, 2 at dental schools, and 7 at public health schools.
  • 139 associate, senior associate and vice deans at medical schools, 18 at dental schools, and 9 at public health schools.
  • 57 chief executive or academic officers (presidents and chief executive officers, executive directors, provosts, and chancellors).
  • 25 associate/vice/senior associate provosts.
  • 41 vice presidents.

2014-2015 ELAM Graduating Class

  • Eva Marie Aagaard, MD
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Eliana Martorano Amaral, MD, PhD
    State University of Campinas - School of Medical Sciences- UNICAMP
  • Susan Marie Anderson, MD
    University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Jessica L. Bienstock, MD, MPH
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Diane C. Bodurka, MD, MPH
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Adrienne Deyo Bonham, MD
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Marie L. Borum, MD, EdD, MPH
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Chantal Brazeau, MD
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Erika T. Brown, PhD
    Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Vivian Budnik, PhD
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Wendy Chapman, PhD
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Tracie Chianti Collins, MD, MPH
    University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
  • Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Chinazo Cunningham, MD
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Vani Dandolu, MD, MPH, MBA
    University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Lisa J. Edelmann, PhD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Cynthia Neill Epperson, MD
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Monica M. Farley, MD
    Emory University School of Medicine
  • Geraldine Fox, MD, MHPE
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Priscilla Anne Furth, MD
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Mary P. Gallant, PhD, MPH
    University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health
  • Nisha Jain Garg, PhD
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Jane Strandberg Gibson, PhD
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Mary T. Hawn, MD, MPH
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Wendy Louise Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Kimberly G. Hoffman, PhD
    University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • Terrie Eleanor Inder, MD, PhD
    Harvard Medical School
  • Lynnea Ann Johnson, PhD
    University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH
    University of Illinois College of Medicine- Urbana-Champaign
  • Marcia Fay Katz, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH
    Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Karen Eun-Young Kim, MD
    The University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Mary M. Lee, MD
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lorelei Anne Lingard, PhD
    University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Robinna Gail Lorenz, MD, PhD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Lucinda J. Lyon, RDH, DDS, EdD
    University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Beth Ann Malow, MD, MS
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Patricia Mary Manning-Courtney, MD
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Barbara Ann Miller, MD
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Amy Patricia Murtha, MD
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • Susan M. Perlis, EdD
    Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Carrie A Redlich, MD, MPH
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Cynthia Reyes, MD
    University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Taylor Sohn Riall, MD, PhD
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Hope A. Ricciotti, MD
    Harvard Medical School
  • Pamela D. Sass, MD
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
  • Susan K. Schultz, MD
    The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Angela M. Sharkey, MD
    Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Martha Smith Tingen, PhD
    Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia
  • Ezgi Tiryaki, MD
    University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Consuelo Hopkins Wilkins, MD, MS
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Amy Watt Williams, MD
    Mayo Medical School
  • Jennifer Pelt Wisdom, PhD, MPH
    Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

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