The University of Florida, College of Medicine had two faculty members graduate April 14, 2016 from the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Carol Mathews, M.D. is a pre-Eminent Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Sonal Tuli, M.D., M.Ed. is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.
“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 and public health. 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.”
The selection of each class of 54 fellows is a two-step process of careful review for academic leadership potential. Applicants must hold the rank of associated professor in a medical, dental, or public health school for at least two years, have administrative experience in personnel and budget management and be nominated by the dean of their institution.
There are multiple components to the curriculum, including a year-long project aimed at advancing the institution’s mission. Dr. Mathews’ project was the development of a Center of Excellence for Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders at the University of Florida that provides top-tier multidisciplinary care and cutting edge research. Dr. Mathews presented her project poster at the Leaders Forum, a capstone event which brought together the Fellows and their deans for a symposium highlighting their projects.
“ELAM graduates now number nearly 1000, and serve in numerous leadership positions – department head through university president – at over 210 academic health centers and organizations internationally.”