September 12, 2013
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Annual AAMC Alumnae and Fellows Tea

November 4, 2013 

5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Marriott Center City
Marriott-Grand Ballroom A

RSVP by October 21

to Wenting Luo at wenting.luo@drexelmed.edu.




ELAM Edge Archives


ELAM Edge, August 29, 2013: ELUM Professional Development Program - Registration Open

ELAM Edge, August 15, 2013: ELAM Represents at AAMC GFA


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


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



ELAM News to Know


2014 ELAM Alumnae Development Program
Being Seen, Being Heard, Being Effective

January 9 - 12, 2014
The Omni La Mansion Hotel / Mokara Hotel & Spa
San Antonio, TX


Sponsored by:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Women Faculty Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Have you signed up for the ELAM Alumnae Development program yet? Not only do the event's main speakers promise to lead attendees through learning how to communicate more effectively on a number of levels, but we are offering several additional small workshop opportunities to enhance learning even further.


Additional opportunities include:


Meet with a Communications Consultant
Do you have a critical interview or presentation coming up?  Just need to improve your messaging skills?  Join Cindy DiBiasi, partner at 3D Communications and one of our keynote speakers, for personalized feedback and tips on
presentation skills to a group of eight attendees. Note that this session requires an extra fee.


Meet with an Image Consultant
Need to make a stronger professional impression? Join Lynn Kochanek, owner of fashion boutique Rare Essentials, Ltd. and one of our keynote speakers, for individual fashion advice and tips to a group of eight attendees. Note that this session requires an extra fee.


Works-in-Progress Workshop
Is your initiative stuck?  Can't see your way through the barriers?  Latha Chandran (ELAM '06), vice dean at Stony Brook School of Medicine, will facilitate a workshop that uses peer consultation to explore potential approaches while you listen in for insights and new ideas. 


Fundraising: What I Have Learned About Relationships, Shared Visions, and Asking
Deborah German (ELAM '96),
vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, will facilitate a discussion on how to work with potential donors for mutual benefit.


Equity Vigilance: Now that we have made some gains, how can we guard against sliding backward?
Laura Schweitzer (ELAM '99),
president of Union Graduate College, and Page Morahan, ELAM founding director, will facilitate a discussion of gaps and progress toward achieving gender equity.


You can sign up to take part in these special workshops when you register for the event. Early-bird registration ends on October 1, and space in the workshops is limited, so register today!




We are also once again asking for ELUMs to join the class of 2013-14 to discuss their institutional action projects. Recall how challenging it was to design an action project that moved the institution forward, gave you the right kind of visibility and was actually do-able?  We can use your experience and guidance to assist the ELAM fellows with developing their Institutional Action Projects (IAPs). This also is a great opportunity to show the fellows how our ELUM community contributes to their leadership development and success, and previous ELUM consultants said they learned as much as they contributed  (isn't that always the way?). Note that you will need to plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, for an orientation with our facilitators for this session. 


You can sign up to participate in this session when you register for the ELAM Alumnae Development program.





Quote of the Day

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

       - Maya Angelou




Chief, Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Stephanie Abbuhl, Valerie Arkoosh, Jill Baren, Susan Brozena, Simin Dadparvar, Betsy Datner, Phyllis Dennery, Sydney Evans, Eve Higginbotham, Kim Olthoff, Marilyn Schapira, Kathryn Schmitz, Gail Slap, and Kim Smith-Whitley (SOM).


Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Texas Medical Branch. Submitted by ELUM Lisa Elferink. Other ELUMs at the Medical Branch are Abbey Berenson, Kathryn Cunningham, Kris Gugliuzza, Lois Killewich, Marilyn Marx, Joan Nichols, and Cheryl Watson.


Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Submitted by ELUM Janet Lindemann. Other ELUMs at the university are Adela Casas-Melley, Archana Chatterjee, Robin Miskimins, Mary Nettleman, and Leigh Washburn (SOM).


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Judith Buchanan (SOD); Iris Borowsky, Linda Carson, Maria Hordinsky, Nancy Raymond, and Betsy Seaquist (Medical School).


Dean, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Submitted by executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. ELUMs at the university are Pam Carmines, Shelia Ellis, Jennifer Larsen, Deb Romberger, and Shelley Smith (COM).


Dean, University of Missouri School of Medicine. Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at the university are Rachel Brown (Columbia SOM); Betty Drees, Jill Moormeier, and Karen Williams (Kansas City SOM); Pam Overman and Marsha Pyle (Kansas City SOD).


Chief Medical Officer, Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Submitted by executive search firm Tyler and Company. ELUMs at MUSC are Linda Austin, Kathleen Brady, Deborah Deas, Susan Harvey, Brenda Hoffman, Flo Hutchison, Donna Johnson, Etta Pisano (Dean), Carolyn Reed, Melanie Thomas, and Cindy Wright (COM); Betsy Pilcher (CODM).




Please send position announcements to Elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.   



ELUM News 


AAMC CFAS-News, September 10, 2013:

Bloomberg on Tuesday distributed a story titled, "DeVry Lures Medical School Rejects as Taxpayers Fund Debt." Based on an article that will appear in the upcoming issue of Bloomberg Market, the story highlights the debt levels of students who attend DeVry's two medical schools in the Caribbean (Ross and AUC), many of whom fail to graduate or do not obtain a residency position in the U.S. According to the article, "The loans, which totaled about $310 million in the year ended June 2012, leave the U.S. taxpayer -- not DeVry -- on the hook if students should fail to get jobs and be unable to repay them." The article also discusses DeVry's clerkship slot purchases in the U.S. Heidi Chumley, M.D., (ELAM '10) Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer at American University of the Caribbean was quoted in this article.


Robin Deterding, M.D., (ELAM '09) Director of the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado and 1st Vice President for University Physicians, Inc, gave the keynote address at the University of Colorado White Coat/Matriculation ceremony on Friday, August 16 entitled "Your Humanism GPS."


Rena D'Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. (ELAM '10), Dean of the University of Utah School of Dentistry, was featured in a July 2 article in the Wall Street Journal, To Avoid Root Canals, Teeth That Replace Themselves.


Ellen Gritz, Ph.D. (ELAM '03), Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Olla S. Stribling Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center has been inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. These women were chosen for their significant contributions to the advancement of women and improving the quality of life for future generations of Houstonians.


ASPPH Friday Letter, September 6, 2013:

UNC Finds Moderate Physical Activity Does Not Increase Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

A new study finds that adults age 45 and older who engaged in moderate physical activity up to 2.5 hours per week did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a six-year follow-up period. Study participants who engaged in the highest levels of physical activity - up to five hours per week - did have a slightly higher risk of knee osteoarthritis, but the difference was not statistically significant. Those findings taken together are good news, according to senior study author Dr. Joanne Jordan, M.D., M.P.H. (ELAM '10) director of the University of North Carolina Thurston Arthritis Research Center.


Catherine Kuhn, M.D. (ELAM '05), was recently appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Director of Graduate Medical Education, and Designated Institutional Official for the ACGME, at the Duke University Health System and School of Medicine.


Catherine Otto, M.D. (ELAM '99), J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Professor in Cardiology at University of Washington School of Medicine, has been named the new editor of the international cardiology journal, Heart.




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


Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 22, No. 9, September 2013:

Anginal Symptoms, Coronary Artery Disease, and Adverse Outcomes in Black and White Women: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study

Jo-Ann Eastwood, B. Delia Johnson, Thomas Rutledge, Vera Bittner, Kerry S. Whittaker, David S. Krantz, Carol E. Cornell, Wafia Eteiba, Eileen Handberg, Diane Vido, and C. Noel Bairey Merz



Articles of Note


The Glass Hammer, August 30, 2013:

Mentor me: The Value of Male and Female Mentors

Mentoring, mentoring, mentoring. We are all constantly told about the positive impact a mentor can have on one's career; from formal support and guidance, to very active yet informal promotion of a mentee's achievements in the presence of senior colleagues. I, too, wrote about this very topic in a previous article, highlighting the benefits of mentoring in rebuilding the image of women at the workplace. Based on the findings of numerous reports and studies, it is safe to say that mentors are invaluable, and we could all benefit from having someone in our corner. Yet according to a recent LinkedIn survey, 19 percent of professional women in the US stated they have never had a mentor. If the advantages of having a mentor are so clear, why are so many women missing out on the numerous opportunities that mentoring relationships offer?


AAMC CFAS-News, September 3, 2013:

Tuesday's New York Times featured an article by Natalie Angier on the "Mystery of the Missing Women in Science." The article asserts, "Even as girls prove their prowess in science and math, their ambivalence lingers when it comes to fields formerly painted boy blue. As researchers see it, that reluctance, that slight and possibly subliminal case of unfounded quantipathy, must be confronted and understood if the wider inequities in science are to be rooted out for good."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 3, 2013:

Where Feminism Went Wrong
Has feminism raised the bar so high that women are condemned to fall below it?


The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 4, 2013:

Lessons From a Search
David Evans discusses the roles of academic administrators in faculty hiring.


Inside Higher Ed, September 6, 2013:

Lessons for Aspiring Administrators

Having shadowed numerous college presidents and other senior officials, Michael J. Zeig offers advice for up-and-comers on key traits of effective leaders.


AAMC CFAS-News, September 10, 2013:

The Census Bureau on Monday released two new reports, "Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin," and, "The Relationship Between Science and Engineering Education and Employment in STEM Occupations." The reports show that, "Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations - commonly referred to as STEM jobs - has slowed since the 1990s... because their share in computer occupations declined to 27 percent in 2011 after reaching a high of 34 percent in 1990." The reports also document that Blacks and Hispanics remain underrepresented in STEM jobs.

Sunday's New York Times reported on efforts at Harvard Business School to advance gender equity. The article reported that the "... aggressive program intended to foster female success brought improvements, but also resentment and uncertainty." The article highlighted the role academic leadership can play in advancing a change in culture. The on-line version of the article features various perspectives both on the article and program from current and past business school students.



The Last Word


The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 10, 2013:

You Are So Kind to Think of Me
Allison Vaillancourt suggests some artful ways to say "thanks, but no thanks."


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