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ELAM Edge: May 23, 2013: Planning For Being Seen, Being Heard, Being Effective


ELAM Edge, May 9, 2013: Save the Date: 2013 ELAM AAMC Tea


ELAM Edge, April 25,2013: 2013-2014 ELAM Class is Accepted; 2012-2013 Class About to Graduate


ELAM Edge, April 11, 2013: Report From Seattle



ELAM News to Know

Seven Lessons from a Life

in Academic Medicine



A new Director's Column from Diane Magrane has just been posted on the ELAM website. In it, she introduces the ELAM 2012-2013 class's graduation presentation by Susan Shurin, M.D. (ELAM '01). "Dr. Susan Shurin was a professor of pediatrics and oncology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine when she attended ELAM from 2000 to 2001. We were delighted when she accepted our invitation to address the Class of 2013 and to share her journey from CWRU medical school to the university president's office to her current role as deputy director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Her insights into the relationships of personal response and organizational challenge are clear in her address to the class. "Seven Lessons from a Life in Academic Medicine" reveals her reflections on effective communication, personal agency, and innovating within our academic missions as we advance the goals of those missions.


From Roz: Not long after the ELAM graduation, Susan Shurin forwarded an article from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, It Had to Be You (Not Me)! : Women's Attributional Rationalization of Their Contribution to Successful Joint Work Outcomes, which, she said, describes a phenomenon she sees repeatedly.   



Quote of the Day

"Humility is like underwear: essential, but indecent if it shows." -Helen Nielsen





Director, Academic and Clinical Generalist Division, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. An ELUM at the university is Debra Leonard.


Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine. Submitted by ELUM Mary Dankoski. Other ELUMs at the university are Maryellen Gusic, Sara Jo Grethlein, Abby Klemsz, Aina Puce (SOM); and Melanie Peterson (SOD).


Division Chief, General Internal Medicine, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. Submitted by the executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at the university are Julia Andrieni, Joanna Cain, Deborah DeMarco, Ellen Gravallese, Julia Johnson, Jean King, Katherine Luzuriaga, Michele Pugnaire, Gyongyi Szabo, and Luanne Thorndyke.


Division Head, Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Sharon Dent, Ellen Gritz, Valerae Lewis, Guillermina Lozano, Karen Lu, Louise Strong, Elizabeth Travis, and Lynn Tanoue.


Head, Department of Family Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Marie Acierno, Carmen Canavier, Mary Coleman, Jean Jacob, Janis Letourneau, Carol Mason, Ann Tilton (SOM); and Sandra Andrieu (SOD).


Senior Associate Dean for Research, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. ELUMs at the university are Vanessa Gamble, Lisa Guay-Woodford, Mary Ottolini, Cynthia Tracy, and Patience White.



Please send position announcements to Elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.   



ELUM News 


Rena N. D'Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '10), has been selected as the first permanent dean of the University of Utah's new School of Dentistry. She assumes her new role on Aug. 1, 2013.


ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education, May 2013 Mid-month Update:

Nisha D'Silva, D.D.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '11), Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Dentistry, was recently recognized for her research and mentoring. She received the Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award during a Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) symposium on March 15, 2013. The award was established to recognize and honor the efforts and achievements of U-M faculty members who consistently demonstrate high-quality clinical and translational research and who foster the intellectual, creative, and professional growth of their students.


AAMC CAS/CFAS, May 20, 2013:

Like several new medical schools, the University of Central Florida College of Medicine is graduating its first class this spring. NBC News this weekend featured a segment on the UCF graduation, focusing on the fact that the students received full scholarships and are graduating debt free. The students discussed the generous gift they have been given and their desire to serve the community as a result. [Deborah German, M.D. (ELAM '96), founding Dean, is featured in this NBC Nightly News account.]


Mary P. Hoy, Ph.D. (ELAM '04), was named Interim Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, effective April 15, 2013.  She has been serving as a consultant to KCUMB for the past 22 months, assisting with accreditation.


Liz Kovacs, Ph.D. (ELAM '10), attended the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in April and reported that her classmate, Tina Palmieri, M.D., delivered an outstanding Presidential Address on "The Power of Partnership."


Maria Emanuel Ryan, D.D.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '09), notified us that she recently was appointed Chair of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Dental Medicine at a reception held at the President's home, Sunwood, in April.


Jill M. Siegfried, Ph.D. (ELAM '02), has been appointed Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Associate Director for Experimental Therapeutics at the Masonic Cancer Center as of September 2013. According to the university's announcement, her appointment is breaking new ground: "Siegfried holds the distinction of being the second female head of a basic science department at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the first to lead a basic science department on the Twin Cities campus."


Roberta E. Sonnino, M.D. (ELAM '98), recently earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission (PPCC). She earned this designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring her artistic and technical competence. PPCC, which currently recognizes less than 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers, is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. Certified Professional Photographers must complete a written examination, an image evaluation, and adhere to a stringent code of conduct. Roberta, whose photography work is conducted as of Hi RES Photos in Bloomfield Hills, MI, had her work featured in a recent issue of the AAMC's GWIMSWatch Spring 2013 newsletter, in the section on "Inspirations," which "features original contributions related to the humanities or the art of medicine." Roberta titled her contribution, "A Picture Is Worth More Than 1,000 Words-My Modification of the Old Adage."


While you're looking at the GWIMSWatch (see item above), be sure to see the Chair's message by Rebecca Rainer Pauley, M.D. (ELAM '02), and the other Inspiration contribution by Jocelyn Chertoff, M.D. (ELAM '04), showing images of her handmade jewelry.



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@DrexelMed.edu.




ELUM Articles


Academic Medicine - June 2013 - Volume 88 - Issue 6

Improving Knowledge, Awareness, and Use of Flexible Career Policies Through an Accelerator Intervention at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Villablanca, Amparo C.; Beckett, Laurel; Nettiksimmons, Jasmine; Howell, Lydia P.


Journal of Dental Education, 1 June 2013; Vol. 77, No. 6:

Teaching with Technology: Learning Outcomes for a Combined Dental and Dental Hygiene Online Hybrid Oral Histology Course

Cynthia C. Gadbury-Amyot, Amul H. Singh, and Pamela R. Overman


AAMC CAS/CFAS, June 5, 2013:

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has posted a summary of the November workshop on "Research on Women in Biomedical Careers." The workshop focused on recent studies on causal factors and possible interventions affecting the representation of women in biomedical and behavioral research and engineering. The workshop was co-chaired by Molly Carnes, M.D., M.S. Numerous ELUMs participated in this daylong workshop.


AAMC Wing of Zock Blog, June 4, 2013:

Joanne Conroy, M.D., has a posting on "Changing Our Optics on Innovation in Academic Medicine."  She  begins, "Several years ago, we observed the emergence of the role of Chief Innovation or Transformation Officers at academic medical centers across the country. These roles were created as deans and CEOs realized that incremental adjustments were inadequate to prepare for the dramatic changes in health care. Changing how we view our responsibilities for the health of patients, adopting a different payment framework, and reengineering how and where we deliver care will require cultural changes that can only be described as daunting...." 


Articles of Note


Inside Higher Education, May 20, 2013:

Recruiting Talent in Higher Ed

Nathan O. Hatch, the President of Wake Forest University, offers 10 maxims for successful searches.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2013:

Top 10 Mistakes in Recruiting Administrators 
Here, David Letterman-style, are the main missteps of administrative-search committees, as noted by Dennis Barden, a senior vice president at Witt/Kieffer, an executive-search firm in Chicago specializing in searches for academic and administrative leaders.


Inside Higher Education, May 22, 2013:

Defining Terms

To do an alt-ac (alternative careers in and beyond the academy), you need to know the possibilities that are out there.


The Wall Street Journal Online, May 22, 2013:

What Makes a Risk-Taker?

New researchsShows often-cautious people become daredevils in the right contex.


The Atlantic, May 31, 2013:

Family-Friendly University Policies Don't Work as Well as They Should

New research shows they're applied unevenly, and that faculty members who use them are viewed as unserious about their jobs.


Call for Applications


AAMC Executive Development Seminar for Associate Deans and Department Chairs

September 26 - 30, 2013
Babson Executive Conference Center
Babson Park (Wellesley), Mass.
Applications are now being accepted for the AAMC Executive Development Seminar for Associate Deans and Department Chairs
. This program features faculty experts who will share their knowledge with you regarding leadership in academic medicine and science. Participants will learn leadership and managerial skills through the exploration of leadership and management topics, theories, and techniques. At the completion of the seminar, participants will emerge with a greater knowledge and an enhanced behavioral repertoire that they can use in their various roles and responsibilities in medical schools and teaching hospitals. Applications are due July 31.




The Last Word


The New York Times, May 20, 2013:

What Our Words Tell Us

Op-ed columnist David Brooks comments on what the Google word database reveals: "About two years ago, the folks at Google released a database of 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008. You can type a search word into the database and find out how frequently different words were used at different epochs." Studies on this search engine database show that, in the last half-century, two 'stories' emerge: rising individualism and demoralization. His conclusion: "Evidence from crude data sets like these are prone to confirmation bias. People see patterns they already believe in. Maybe I've done that here. But these gradual shifts in language reflect tectonic shifts in culture. We write less about community bonds and obligations because they're less central to our lives."


From Roz: Check this new book, Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams, by Roger Schwarz. I took a course from Roger at the Cape Cod Institute about 10 years ago, and I like his approach to organizations.


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