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ELAM Edge, July 25, 2013: Our Shared Story of Success


ELAM Edge, July 11, 2013: Save the Date - Alumnae Professional Development 


ELAM Edge, June 20, 2013: An Ending and a New Beginning


ELAM Edge, June 6, 2013: Seven Lessons from a Life in Academic Medicine




ELAM News to Know


ELAM Represents at AAMC GFA Meeting


ELAM had a strong representation at last week's 2013 Association of American Medical College's Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) Professional Development Conference, held in collaboration with the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). In addition to the numerous ELUMs in attendance, there were also more than 15 ELUMs that participated in the event as either speakers or moderators, with two ELUMs speaking in plenary sessions.


ELAM also held a luncheon, hosted by Director Diane Magrane and Olivia Lee, Associate Director for Program Management & Fundraising. 33 ELUMs attended the event, which was a great opportunity for networking and community building. Olivia writes:


Just getting back from a great gathering of ELUMs during the AAMC GFA Luncheon held on Friday in Minneapolis, MN. The atmosphere and weather were perfect. We learned a lot about not only how our alumnae are advancing in their own careers but also how they are active in promoting ELAM to other potential candidates, preparing those accepted into the program, and supporting the new alumnae as they transition back into the university setting upon graduation.


As always, I stand in amazement at each and every one of your accomplishments. Even more so at the community that is ELAM.


Thanks for making my first GFA so fantastic.


GFA luncheon


Congratulations and thanks to all for being such shining examples of the ELAM community!   


Quote of the Day

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.

      - Hillary Clinton




Section Chief, GI Oncology/Program Lead, GI Cancer/Co-Leader Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Core Program, Thomas Jefferson University and Kimmel Cancer Center. Submitted by executive search firm ZurickDavis. ELUMs at the university are Christine Arenson, Elisabeth Kunkel, Sue Menko, Edith Mitchell, Karen Novielli, Vijay Rao, and Susan Rosenthal (Jefferson Medical College).


Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs/Head, Section of Hospital Medicine/Assistant Chair, Ambulatory Internal Medicine Services, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar (a partner of Weill Cornell Medical College at Qatar). Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at Weill Cornell Medical College are Madhu Mazumdar, Susan Pannullo, and Rache Simmons.


Chair, Department of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Ruth Benca, Beth Burnside, Molly Carnes, Valerie Gilchrist, Ellen Hartenbach, Pat Kokotailo, Elizabeth Petty, and Christie Seibert.


Chair and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Health Care Services, Policy, and Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Submitted by ELUM Madhu Mazumdar. See above for other ELUMs at the institution.


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


Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Mary Dankoski, Sara Grethlein, Maryellen Gusic, Abby Klemsz, and Aina Puce (SOM); Melanie Peterson (SOD).


Chair, Department of Pathology, The University of Michigan Medical School. Submitted by ELUM Cheryl Lee. Other ELUMs at the institution are Carol Bradford, Sally Camper, Valerie Castle, Eva Feldman, Carmen Green, Margaret Gyetko, Hope Haefner, Ella Kazerooni, Eve Kerr, Monica Lypson, Karin Muraszko, Michelle Riba, Catherine Spires, Denise Tate (Medical School); Nisha D'Silva, Margherita Fontana, Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, and Marilyn Woolfolk (SOD).


Founding Director, South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute and Director, Edinburg-Regional Academic Health Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at UTHSC are Robin Brey, Sandra Burge, Carlayne Jackson, Jan Patterson, Paula Shireman, Gail Tomlinson, Janet Williams (San Antonio SOM); Lily Garcia (San Antonio Dental School).


Dean, University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Submitted by executive search firm Spencer Stuart. ELUMs at the institution are Patricia Butler, Katherine Loveland, Dianna Milewicz, and Margaret Uthman.


Assistant Vice President, Research Integrity, University of Maryland. Submitted by ELUM Renee Fox (SOM). Other ELUMs at the university are Mimi Blitzer (SOM) and Sandra Quinn (SOPH).


Vice President and Senior Medical Director for Care Integration, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA. Submitted by executive search firm ZurickDavis.


Vice President and Senior Medical Director for Health Plans, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA. Submitted by executive search firm ZurickDavis.


Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute. Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.



Please send position announcements to Elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.   





ELUM News 


Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D. (ELAM '08), has a new book being published, Vaccinophobia and Vaccine Controversies of the 21st Century.


Leslie Fall, M.D. (ELAM '13) and Maryellen Gusic, M.D. (ELAM '09) have been elected to the American Pediatric Society.


Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S, M.P.H. (ELAM '01), has been appointed Interim Dean at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.


AAMC CFAS-News, August 14, 2013:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has named Jeanne Heard, M.D., Ph.D. (ELAM '00), as its first-ever provost. According to UAMS, "In addition to her current role as chief academic officer, as provost Heard will work closely with deans of UAMS colleges on faculty affairs and college-level budgets." Dr. Heard, a former associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of internal medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine, returned to UAMS in 2010 after having been an executive at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. UAMS also announced the appointment of Stephanie F. Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., as its first associate provost. Dr. Gardner is dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy.


Dr. Harriet Hopf, M.D. (ELAM '09), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will receive the research mentoring award from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in San Francisco on October 14, 2013.


ASPH Friday Letter, July 26, 2013:

Columbia Professor Named Editor of Contraception

Dr. Carolyn Westhoff (ELAM '02), professor of population and family health and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was named editor-in-chief of the international health journal, Contraception, a monthly publication for the advancement of reproductive health featuring new scholarship on contraception and related fields. Dr. Westhoff, was elected for a five-year term beginning 2013. The journal, published by Elsevier, is the official journal of both the Society of Family Planning and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and features research from investigators in public health and the social sciences as well as clinicians working in the laboratory.




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, August 2013 - Volume 88 - Issue 8:

Quality In-Training Evaluation Reports-Does Feedback Drive Faculty Performance?

Dudek, Nancy L. MD, MEd; Marks, Meridith B. MD, MEd; Bandiera, Glen MD, MEd; White, Jonathan MD; Wood, Timothy J. PhD


Journal of Dental Education, August 2013; Vol. 77, No. 8:

Effect of an Enrichment Program on DAT Scores of Potential Dental Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Kimberly P. Johnson, Marilyn Woolfolk, Kenneth B. May, and Marita R. Inglehart


Several ELUMs have contributions to the summer 2013 issue of the AAMC GWIMS Watch:

Letter from the Chair (pg. 1)

by Rebecca Pauly, M.D.


Recruitment and Retention: Perspectives of a Dean (pg. 3)

by Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S.


Faculty Spotlight: Penny Castellano (pg. 5)

By Carrie Cwiak, M.D., M.P.H.


University of Massachusetts Receives Grant Award to Promote Career Flexibility for Faculty (pg. 9)

by Luanne Thorndyke, M.D.


Articles of Note


AAMC Reporter, July 2013:

Leadership in Academic Medicine: Executive Coaching: A Worthwhile Investment for Physicians and Scientists

Physicians and scientists often are promoted to executive positions based on their research or clinical success. When they find themselves in leadership roles, they may feel unprepared to navigate their new roles. Leadership seminars or workshops can help, but executive coaching offers a personalized experience.


The Huffington Post, July 15, 2013:

Kim O'Grady, Male Consultant, On 'How I Discovered Gender Discrimination'

Kim O'Grady had a lot of trouble finding a job until he made one small change to his resume -- adding "Mr." in front of his name.


The New York Times Sunday Review, July 20, 2013:

Why Men Need Women

What makes some men miserly and others generous? What motivated Bill Gates, for example, to make more than $28 billion in philanthropic gifts while many of his billionaire peers kept relatively tightfisted control over their personal fortunes? New evidence reveals a surprising answer. The mere presence of female family members - even infants - can be enough to nudge men in the generous direction.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2013:

How Administrators Measure Their Success

College officials often look to those under their management to show them how they're doing.


NPR.org, All Tech Considered, July 25, 2013:

The Reply to Email Overload? Prioritize - Or Turn It Off

In the high-profile civil case against Wall Street titan Steven Cohen, federal authorities accuse the hedge fund head of allowing insider trading within his ranks. Cohen's lawyers offered up a defense fit for the digital age: They claim he didn't see a key, incriminating email because he gets too many messages - an estimated 1,000 a day, and opens only 11 percent of them. Without getting into the plausibility of that defense, this did raise the unrelenting issue of email overload and how people today are managing the onslaught.


Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2013:

How to be a Great Mentor: Be a Coach, Not a Guru

Kerry Ann Rockquemore explains the differences between the two.


AlterNet.org, July 30, 2013:
10 Things Your Org Can Do Right Now To Give the Progressive Movement a Chance to Win
Do something. Quit complaining. Suppress your cynicism. And cancel half your meetings.


Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2013:

Academic Minute: Women and Academic Conferences

In today's Academic Minute, Hannah Dugdale of the University of Sheffield explores the underrepresentation of women as presenters at top-tier academic conferences.


From the Academy for Academic Leadership Newsletter, August 2013:

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail
Peter Bregman, Forbes, July 11, 2013
What makes leadership hard isn't the theoretical, it's the practical. It's not about knowing what to say or do. It's about whether you're willing to experience the discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of saying or doing it.

Why Waiting Is a New Executive's First Task
Jennifer V. Miller, SmartBlog, July 9, 2013
During the first 30 days, a leader new to an organization must assess two key elements: orientation (Where am I?) and context (What are the conditions of my surroundings?).


Center for Creative Leadership, Leading Effectively Newsletter, August 2013:

Senior Execs: What Does It Take to Lead Strategically?
A strategic challenge is a leadership challenge - and one that top-level managers and executives can't ignore.

5 Steps for Getting Your Work/Life Act Together
Need a work/life overhaul? Or just a few tweaks? Try this five-step process.

A Broad Perspective: A Must-have for Promotion
The more responsibility you have, the more important it is to see beyond your own functional area.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2, 2013:

Hedging Your Bets

Universities that fail to develop the next generation of academic leaders do so at their own peril.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6, 2013:

The Baby Penalty
A new book explores the price that women in academe pay, and men don't, for having children.


Fast Company, August 8, 2013:

Once Upon a Time at the Office: 10 Storytelling Tips to Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right. 


Calls for Application, Nomination, Etc.


Request for Nominations: 2014 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award For Advancement and Promotion of Women in Cancer Medicine and Cancer Science


The Office of Women Faculty Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center is requesting nominations for the sixth annual Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award, which recognizes an individual - female or male -  who has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of women in cancer medicine and cancer science. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.


This award was established in honor of Margaret L. Kripke, Ph. D., (ELAM '97) for her unwavering advocacy for and promotion of women in academic medicine and science.  The national award is given each year to an individual for her/his ongoing support and extraordinary dedication to enhancing the careers of women in cancer medicine and cancer science. 


For more information on award criteria and submitting a nomination, please visit the

Women Faculty Programs website or contact Abby Mitchell at 713-792-6142.




The Last Word 


Fast Company, August 12, 2013:

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways to be Happier Today

Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9 C? Adjust your thermostat, then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.


Fast Company, July 24, 2013:

Brilliant Vacation Auto-Reply Will Make You Appreciate Vacation

Most vacation e-mail auto-replies are either annoying or boring. This one makes you think.



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