The School of Medicine is pleased to announce three faculty have been selected as 2023-2024 fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program and the Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Senior Associate Dean for Education, Meg Keeley, MD, and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Ann Kellams, MD, in the Department of Pediatrics were selected for the ELAM program, as part of a cohort which includes 96 fellows from across the country. Elizabeth Gaughan, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine is one of 45 fellows selected for the ELH cohort. Dr. Gaughan is the first School of Medicine faculty to participate in the ELH program. Both ELAM and ELH offer a distinctive approach to leadership preparation of exceptional women in medicine that is broadly recognized in the academic health community. In order to be accepted into these competitive programs, fellows must be nominated and supported by their dean, CEO or other senior official of their institution.
ELAM® is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy. The prestigious program develops 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. Dr. Kellams is honored to be selected for ELAM stating, “I am excited about the opportunity to learn from experts, along with women from all over the country, about leadership in academic medicine, so I can be part of helping us move forward to achieve our shared goals of excellence across all of the missions.”
The ELH program is designed for senior-level women leaders interested in advancing in hospitals and health care systems to positions such as CEO, CMO, CNO and CFO. Dr. Gaughan says, “We know the U.S. Health Care system faces many challenges to effectively serve our population. Despite competing pressures, the components of success remain keeping patients at the center of decisions, supporting and developing our diverse health care teams and designing and implementing efficient systems of care delivery that reach across barriers. I’m grateful for the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge and skills and to learn from leaders across the country working to improve our systems.”
More than 1,300 ELAM and ELH alumnae serve in leadership positions in over 300 academic health centers around the world. “I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity to learn from the accomplished leaders who serve as faculty and to be part of such a wide, accessible and supportive network,” states Dr. Keeley.
UVA School of Medicine has had strong representation in the ELAM program for many years. Our ELAM alumnae include Kristin Atkins, MD; Karen Ballen, MD; Linda Duska, MD; Karen Johnston, MD; Melina Kibbe, MD; Peggy McNaull, MD; Victoria Norwood, MD; Professor Emeritus Debra Perina, MD; and Susan Pollart, MD. Dr. Pollart, UVA School of Medicine’s senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development also serves on faculty for ELAM. Dr. Ballen leads a group of six current ELAM fellows as a learning community advisor.