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 It Takes a Village


This month's new Message from the Director is a unique one. It is the first in a series of three Messages from the Director dedicated to how ELAM alumnae can volunteer their time and expertise to ELAM. In addition to the column, we have also created a website that lists and briefly describes all of these opportunities, along with a way to easily let us know about your interest in volunteering.

From the Message...

Many of you responded to the spring 2012 issue of the ELAM Edge titled, "The Gift of Leadership" that listed all of the many ways that ELUMs (ELAM Alumnae) participated in last year's Fellowship program by asking "How can I help?" Of course, this phrase is music to our ears, since we rely heavily upon our larger community to participate as advisors, consultants, and facilitators throughout the year. Since the opening of the Legacy Fund and formal professional development programs for alumnae, we also have expanded our outreach to alumnae as advisors for maintaining quality process and content for the Fellowship. Adapting an old adage, "it takes a village" to support our network of alumnae and Fellows.

Last year, over 60 alumnae participated as volunteers for alumnae and Fellowship activities. This year will be no different. In response to your questions of how you can help, these next three columns describe the various roles and functions that support the "ELAM village." This information will make it easy for you to identify the activity that best suits your talents and interests. We're learning a lot about how to work with volunteers from our community -- how to use your time and skills well, how generous you all are....continue reading...

ELAM is blessed to have such a talented pool of alumnae, and we look forward to working with you all in the near future!



Quote of the Day

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

       - Alice Paul




Chair, Department of Dermatology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Submitted by ELUM Terri Kinzy. Other ELUMs at UMDNJ are Vivian Bellofatto, Nancy Connell, Anne Mosenthal, Carol Newlon, and Maria Soto-Greene (NJ Medical School); Barbara Greenberg and Nanci Tofsky (NJ Dental School); Kathy Scotto, and Carol Terregino (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School).


Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Submitted by ELUM Terri Kinzy, who is chairing this search committee. See above for other ELUMs at UMDNJ.


Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at UNC - Chapel Hill are Wendy Brewster, Jan Busby-Whitehead, Nancy Chescheir, Giselle Corbie-Smith, Joanne Jordan, Suzanne Landis, Kate Menard, Leslie Parise, and Nancy Thomas (SOM); Valerie Murrah (SOD).


Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Submitted by ELUM Terri Kinzy. See above for other ELUMs at UMDNJ.


Chair, Department of Surgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Submitted by ELUM Maria Kolar. Other ELUMs at the university are Anne Cather, Judie Charlton, Ann Chinnis, Barbara Ducatman, and Rashida Khakoo (SOM); Shelia Price (SOD).


Chair and Associate Dean for Allied Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. See above for ELUMs at UNC - Chapel Hill.


Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and Academic Support Services, New York University College of Dentistry. Submitted by ELUM Elise Eisenberg (SOD). Other ELUMs at NYU are Carol Bernstein, Joan Cangiarella, Jennifer Havens, Adina Kalet, Georgeann McGuinness, and Anna Pavlick (COM).


Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Brown University.


Dean, College of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University. An ELUM at the university is Diane Ede-Nichols.


Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Cincinnati. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Evie Alessandrini, Maria Britto, Janni Collins, Melanie Cushion, Sandra Degen, Mercedes Falciglia, Neeru Hershey, Mei Ho, Uma Kotagal, Ardythe Morrow, Lori Stark, and Laura Wexler (COM).



Please send position announcements to elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.  




ELUM News 


Bettina M. Beech, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (ELAM '12), is joining the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the newly created position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Rural Health and Health Disparities on February 1.



If you have news about yourself, your ELAM Learning Community, or other ELUMs that you would like to share in the Edge, please send it to ELAM@Drexel.edu.




Articles of Note


Forbes, January 14, 2013:

For Women, Things Really Haven't Changed -- Even in Medical School

For years, I insisted that the world had changed. That violence against women was decreasing. That I'd never felt it; never had it affect my life. I wasn't shouting from the roof-tops that I was stronger than the other women around. I just thought we were winning battles. Soon, the war would be over. A science degree under my belt and a year into Medicine, I still believed. My male colleagues treated me as an equal. There was no apparent Boys Club in the common room, nor did the male doctors treat the female students as less knowledgeable or hard working than our male peers. We were all equals. A year on, I'm not so sure.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16, 2013:

Near-Term Outlook Is Bleak for All of Higher Education, Moody's Says

Across-the-board pressure on all of the revenue sources that support higher education has prompted Moody's Investors Service to issue a negative short-term outlook for the entire sector in a report issued on Wednesday.


The Glass Hammer, January 17, 2013:

Does Being Happy Make You a Better Manager?

According to a new study released by the UK's Institute for Leadership and Management, positivity may be the key to unlocking superior performance. In other words, being happy may make you a better manager.


Inside Higher Ed, January 18, 2013:

AMA Begins $10M Effort to Spur Change in Medical Education

The American Medical Association on Thursday announced a $10 million, five-year campaign to encourage medical schools to rethink how they educate future doctors. The medical group says it hopes its grants will spur new methods for teaching or assessing competencies for medical students, improving understanding of the health care system in medical training, and strengthening the professionalism of future doctors.


Fast Company, January 18, 2013:

Why Sharing Power At Work Is The Very Best Way To Build It

Good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, not by building themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally.


Center for Creative Leadership, Leading Effectively e-Newsletter, January 2013:

Versatility & Technology Brew in Innovation Lab 
Sometimes success requires a radical re-think of what is possible, and this holds true at the Center for Creative Leadership.

HR Pipeline: Work/Life Conflicts Hurt Business 
Looking to increase employee engagement and boost productivity? Then help employees better manage their work/life conflicts.

AAMC STAT, January 21, 2013:

Report Offers Recommendations for Teaching Quality Improvement, Patient Safety
A new report from an expert panel provides an overview of the current state of teaching quality and safety, competencies for faculty, and recommendations for enhancing these programs.  The report calls for the creation of a national faculty development initiative to train faculty as quality improvement educational experts and to teach health care improvement within the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals.   "Teaching for Quality: Integrating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Medical Education" is part of Teaching for Quality (Te4Q)-the medical education effort of the Best Practices for Better Care campaign, an initiative sponsored by AAMC and University Health Consortium designed to  improve the quality and safety of health care.


Harvard Business Review, January 16, 2013:

The Catch-22 of Being a Female Boss

The careers for most women follow an expected trajectory: We begin in our 20s, surrounded by young colleagues of both sexes; move into our 30s, when some of us leave entirely or shift to reduced hours to raise families; then throttle on through our 40s, the decade of major career advancement. As the ranks of women professionals thin, those of us who remain and move upward may face unexpected challenges related to the loss of our female coworkers. Just as we move into responsible roles as corporate and institutional leaders, ready to lead and guide both men and women embarking on their own ascent, we suddenly see that there are very few women professionals to manage. [Thanks to ELUM Susan Johnson for alerting us to this article.]



Calls for Applications, Nominations, Etc.


Knowledge@Wharton, January 16 - 29:

"Men have become more egalitarian, but women are more realistic." That's how Wharton professor Stew Friedman describes some of the results of a 20-year study on careers and family life based on data collected from Wharton undergraduates in both 1992 and 2012.  From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, Knowledge@Wharton and Friedman will host a Twitter chat on what those findings mean for the changing nature of work/life integration. To participate, follow @knowledgwharton and @StewFriedman on Twitter and include the hashtag #kwchat in your replies. Learn more about this research by visiting the Work/Life Integration Project: http://worklife.wharton.upenn.edu/. [Note that Stew is an ELAM program facilitator.]


On February 6, 2013 the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project will co-sponsor, with Authors@Wharton, a talk by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Slaughter served as director of policy planning for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is author of "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," The Atlantic cover story that sparked worldwide discussion about women and men at work and at home. Register here. For any questions, please contact Megan Moser at moserme@wharton.upenn.edu.


Society for Women's Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women's Health

The Society for Women's Health Research and the Medtronic Foundation have established an annual prize of $75,000 to recognize a woman scientist or engineer for her contributions to women's health.

The prize encourages women scientists and engineers to work on issues uniquely related to women's health and rewards women who have devoted a significant part of their careers to this area. The prize honors commitment to the area of sex differences and work to pass this commitment to collaborators and students as both a role model and mentor. The prize is given to an outstanding scientist or engineer in mid-career whose work has led or will lead directly to the improvement of women's health.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Society for Women's Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women's Health! The deadline for nominations is 

February 8, 2013, and the winner must be available April 29, 2013 to receive the prize in person at SWHR's annual gala in Washington, DC. 


The Last Word


Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2013:

Grading the Inaugural Address

Inside Higher Ed asked professors who are experts in rhetoric, political communication or inaugural history to grade President Obama's second inaugural address. The panelists were asked to comment not on the president's policies, but on the speech. The experts generally gave Obama good grades, but nothing higher than an A-.


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