Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., associate professor of community health, and director for the Center for Healthy Communities at Wright State University, has been selected to participate in the sixth class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. The ELAM Program is the only in-depth national program that prepares women faculty for senior leadership positions at academic health centers (AHCs.)
ELAM's principal aims are to increase the number of women leaders at AHCs in leadership positions, such as department chair, associate dean, dean, vice president and president, and to increase the success of senior women faculty in attaining and remaining in these positions.
The 2000-01 class consists of women from 38 U.S. and Canadian medical and dental schools. Women from 65% of U.S. medical schools have participated in the year long fellowship, which focuses on the skills, perspectives and knowledge necessary for effective management in AHCs in the 21st century. Designed to address specific issues for women as they pursue senior leadership positions, the curriculum combines emerging issues in academic health centers, personal professional development, and traditional MBA topics.
ELAM's significant contribution to increasing women's leadership at academic health centers has brought national recognition to the program, says Page Morahan, Ph.D., co-director of the ELAM Program.
Wright State University School of Medicine has nominated women for this program for the past five years and has an impressive track record for women's leadership. The school has an associate dean, three department chairs, and two vice-chairs who are women.