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We are excited to be sharing with you a number of items regarding the upcoming American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the International Association for Dental Research & American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) Annual Meetings in Seattle, Washington in March. Along with hosting our annual ELAM Tea for ELUMs and Current Fellows at ADEA, Olivia Lee and Rosalyn Richman will be attending a number of other events at these meetings.

ELAM @ the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
March 16-19, 2013  
Seattle, Washington


You're Invited!

ELAM Tea for ELUMs and Current Fellows

March 19, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm

Metropolitan Ballroom B, Sheraton Hotel

This year's tea has been scheduled to be convenient for those attending the ADEA and IADR/AADR meetings. We invite both current Fellows and ELUMs to come to this ELAM community-building and networking event. Please consider bringing with you a colleague who may be interested in applying to ELAM in the future! RSVP for this event by March 8 by contacting Cari Dam at cari.dam@drexelmed.edu. Please RSVP to Cari ONLY, and when you RSVP, let us know if you are bringing a guest, and the name of your guest.


Dr. Lily T. Garcia (ELAM '06) Nominated for 2013-14 ADEA Chair-elect of the Board

Members of the ADEA House of Delegates will vote for ADEA's next Chair-elect of the Board at the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, Washington. The ADEA Board of Directors has slated Dr. Lily T. Garcia as the candidate.

The Gies Awards Gala - Honoring ELAM Founder D. Walter Cohen, DDS

From ADEA Member News, January 10, 2013, Vol. 7, Issue 1:
The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership. The
2013 honorees-selected and announced by the ADEAGies Foundation just last month-will be presented with their awards at a highly anticipated celebration on March 18. ELAM Founder D. Walter Cohen, DDS, will receive the 2013 Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement-Dental Educator.


ELAM @ the IADR/AADR Annual Meeting

March 20-23, 2013

Seattle, Washington


This is ELAM's first participation at an IADR/AADR Annual Meeting.ELUM Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '11), has organized and will chair a 2-part session on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Part 1 (1:30-3:00 pm, Room 603, Washington State Convention Center) is a symposium focusing on career development in all academic tracks. Four senior women, including three ELUMs [Kathryn Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H. (ELAM '05), Teresa Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H. (ELAM '07), and Rena D'Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '10)], with a diverse range of academic professional experience will participate as panelists. ELAM's Director of Alumnae Relations Roz Richman will serve as panel moderator, using the Celebrity Interview tool from Liberating Structures.


 Part 2, immediately following, is a Hands On Workshop (HOW) mentoring junior faculty, 3:15-4:45 pm, Room 606, WSCC. Four ELUMs [Luisa Ann DiPietro, D.D.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '10), Nisha D'Silva, M.S.D., Ph.D. (ELAM '11), Vicky Evangelidis, D.D.S., M.P.H. (ELAM '03), and Susan Reisine, Ph.D. (ELAM '99)] will serve as mentors for one-on-one sessions with those who have pre-registered. 

Note that Rena D'Souza is current President of AADR.

Roz and Olivia will also take advantage of being in Washington to have dinner with ELUMs from the University of Washington.


They are looking forward to seeing everyone at these events! 


Please remember to RSVP for the ELAM Tea for ELUMs and Current Fellows by March 5th to Cari.Dam@DrexelMed.edu.




Quote of the Day

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

       - Margaret Thatcher




Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Submitted by the university. ELUMs at Johns Hopkins are Joann Bodurtha, Julie Freischlag, and Martha Zeiger (SOM); Marsha Wills-Karp (SOPH).


Director of Research, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI. Submitted by Page Morahan.


Vice President for Academic and Clinical Affairs and Vice Dean, The Commonwealth Medical College. Submitted by ELUM Janet Townsend.


Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Evaluation, The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Meenakshy Aiyer and Sara Rusch (University of Illinois COM - Peoria); Wendy Brown, Karen Colley, Geri Donenberg, Marian Fitzgibbon, Stacie Geller, Pauline Maki, Usha Raj, and Mary Stephenson (University of Illinois at Chicago COM); Lu DiPietro (University of Illinois at Chicago COD).


Please send position announcements to elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.  




ELUM News 


We received the following email from Sarah Dry (ELAM '12):


I am writing to share some good news that arose from the work I did for my IAP. Recently, I was awarded a $2 million NIH grant, along with 2 colleagues at UCSF, to create uniform biobanking practices and determine best practices for obtaining global informed consent for use of remnant diagnostic samples in research among the five UC biomedical campuses (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UCSF). I am heading up the biobanking portion of the grant. This grant represents a significant achievement for the UC CTSAs. All 5 UC biomedical campuses have CTSAs (Clinical Translational Science Awards from NIH). One goal of our CTSA PIs has been to submit a successful grant involving leadership at 2 or more campuses - this grant we won is the first such grant application to be funded by NIH. Second, a major goal of our CTSA PIs is to create a UC Regional Research network, which would be the largest such network in the country (over 12 million lives). Uniform biobanking practices are essential to this vision, as such a network would require that campuses share biosamples in support of various research projects.


Needless to say, I've used many of the skills learned at ELAM and knowledge gained from the program during this effort, and I continue to use those skills every day. The work I did for the IAP, including the leaders I met at UCLA during that process, definitely were critical to forming the relationships that allowed us to create a successful UCLA-UCSF partnership and to write a successful grant.


I think that this represents a success metric for the IAP project, and thought you might be able to use this example when discussing the merits of ELAM and of the IAP specifically. I am sure this is not the first grant that has been generated by work from an IAP, however, the multi-institutional nature of this grant is unusual and was made possible by my work for ELAM and the IAP.


Stacie E. Geller, Ph.D., M.P.A. (ELAM '08), Professor and Associate Head for Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine; G. William Arends Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender, Director, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, was awarded the UIC 2012 Distinguished Researcher of the Year in Clinical Sciences for significantly advancing the field of women's maternal health by providing empirical evidence of low cost alternatives to prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) locally, nationally and internationally.


Sharon K. Hull, M.D., M.P.H. (ELAM '08), has been named the Division Chief of Duke Family Medicine effective April 1.


Judith G. Regensteiner, Ph.D. (a current Fellow) has been named the inaugural holder of the Judith and Joseph Wagner Endowed Chair in Women's Health Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.




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.




ELUM Articles


Academic Medicine, February 2013 - Volume 88 - Issue 2:

Measuring Medical Student Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Patients Who Are Obese

Ip, Edward H. PhD; Marshall, Sarah; Vitolins, Mara RD, DrPH; Crandall, Sonia J. Ph.D., M.S.; Davis, Stephen MA; Miller, David MD, MS; Kronner, Donna; Vaden, Karen; Spangler, John MD, MS



Articles of Note


Academic Medicine, February 2013 - Volume 88 - Issue 2:

Three outlooks on an interesting issue:

The Possible Impact of the MMI and GPA on Diversity

Norman, Geoff PhD; Eva, Kevin PhD; Kulasegaram, Mahan


The Possible Impact of the MMI and GPA on Diversity

Jerant, Anthony MD; Fenton, Joshua MD, MPH; Franks, Peter MD


The Possible Impact of the MMI and GPA on Diversity

Albanese, Mark PhD


The New York Times, January 26, 2013:

She's (Rarely) the Boss

IT'S the annual conclave of the presumed powerful, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with the wealthy flying in on private jets to discuss issues like global poverty. As always, it's a sea of men. This year, female participation is 17 percent.


And ELUM Elizabeth Travis (ELAM '00) wrote a response to this article that was published on February 4:

Sponsors for Women

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, suggest that women are partly responsible for their absence in the executive suite in all professions. What might help is a sponsor, someone with power in the organization who sticks (more likely) his neck out to endorse a woman in whom he sees leadership potential.


The Glass Hammer, January 31, 2013:

The Art of Taking Criticism Effectively

No one really "likes" receiving criticism. No matter what kind of positive spin you put on its value, the truth is, it can make us feel badly to hear negative feedback, whether from peers or superiors. Sometimes we take criticism to heart, letting it fester and affect our performance. But this isn't necessary. Whether criticism is given constructively or not, it can help advance your career if you know how to use it right.


Fast Company, February 1, 2013:

Screwing Up Could Be Your Best Career Move--If You Do It Right

A screw up doesn't have to ruin your life, assuming you respond in smart and creative ways. Tips for turning your fumbles into successful turning points.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 4, 2013:

In Search of a Good Critique

It's possible to get useful evaluations of your work, but you have to help the process along.



Calls for Applications, Nominations, Etc.


AAMC CAS-Chairs, February 4, 2013:

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the AAMC are partnering to sponsor a Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop in Washington, DC, March 1-3. The workshop provides physicians, faculty, medical students, health care professionals, and others with greater understanding of Western and Traditional Medicine to enhance their cultural competence.
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to accept nominations for our Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award.
 This Award will honor an outstanding woman physician or scientist in North America:
  • who has furthered the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine; for example, in the humanities, arts or social sciences,
  • whose determination and spirit have carried her beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science; and
  • who challenges the status quo with a passion for learning.

Nominations are due no later than Monday, April 1, 2013.

[Note that Ellen Gritz, Ph.D. (ELAM '03), is a past recipient of this award.]


Submitted to us by one of our facilitators, Monica Heuer:




Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 W 12th St, New York

 Sponsored by the Diversity Committees of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), the William Alanson White Institute (WAW), and the Department of Clinical Psychology of The New School for Social Research. Please join us to continue the discussion and build the momentum in this, the second meeting of Black Psychoanalysts Speak.   With more space, more time, more support, and more panelists and participants, this conference promises to be even more informative and inspiring than the last. 


Save the Date -Women Leading to Succeed

New Frontiers in Medicine and Science

Women Executives in Science and Healthcare (WESH)'s Spring Executive Leadership Summit Meeting

May 3 - 5

Hotel Derek, Houston TX


The Last Word


Time, January 31, 2013:

How Your Brain Tells You When It's Time for a Break

Are you reading this when you should be working? If so, then it may be because your brain signaled that continuing to work was not worth the cost in tedium of forcing yourself to stay on task. New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers insight into how people decide when to keep going and when to take a break. That decision apparently hinges on a specific signal that at its peak- say, when your muscles are screaming that you can't do another rep or your brain refuses to focus on the page - prompts you to quit. And when your body and brain are refreshed and ready to go again, the signal quiets down and gets out of your way.


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