October 10, 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

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ELAM Edge Archives


ELAM Edge, September 26, 2013: Welcome!


ELAM Edge, September 12, 2013: Enhance your ELUM Development Program experience 


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

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



ELAM News to Know




Please join us for the

2013 AAMC ELAM and Alumnae Fellows Tea

November 4, 2013

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Marriott Center City, Philadelphia

Marriot Grand Ballroom A


Come celebrate the AAMC meeting in our home city of Philadelphia!

Get updates on ELAM news Discover volunteer opportunities Meet up with your ELAM colleagues Meet new members of the ELAM staff Bring your dean!


Please RSVP to Wenting Luo by October 21 at wenting.luo@drexelmed.edu, and be sure to mention if your dean will be joining us.


We look forward to seeing you there!





Two weeks ago on September 26 and 27, the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership (the home of ELAM) celebrated its 20th anniversary with two days of powerful events - several of which involved a number of ELUMs. ELUM and ELAM Director Diane Magrane took part in a Catalyst-moderated panel and workshop on Shared Leadership Among Women and Men, billed as "a courageous conversation about leadership experiences of men and women at Drexel".


Diane Magrane (3rd from left) sits on a panel of men and women leaders from Drexel University.


Several ELUMs were involved in the Marion Spencer Fay Lecture and award presentation. The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 50th year, is given annually to an outstanding woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. This year's award was given to Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine.


Several ELUMs sat on the Marion Spencer Fay award committee, including Shannon Marquez, Jane Clifford, Michele Marcolongo, Mary Anne Delaney, Olimpia Meucci, Diane Magrane, and Cheryl Hanau.


ELAM was proud to be a part of this celebration of an important piece of ELAM history. Visit the Institute's website for more information on the events surrounding the celebration.




Quote of the Day

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

       - Helen Keller




Faculty positions, Breast Cancer, GI Oncology, and Lung Cancer, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at Cedar-Sinai are Ilana Cass and Sarah Kilpatrick.


Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Abington Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia. Submitted by executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer.


Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the university are Bronwyn Wilson, Leslie Morrison, Valerie Romero-Leggott, Deborah Helitzer, Melvina McCabe, Martha McGrew, Arti Prasad, Anne Simpson, Carolyn Voss (SOM).


Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at the affiliated Harvard University are Barbara Kahn, Deborah Levine, Susan Redline, and Jeanine Wiener-Kronish (Harvard Medical School); Karen Emmons (SOPH).


Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Initiatives, Medical University of South Carolina. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at MUSC are Kathleen Brady, Deborah Deas, Susan Harvey, Donna Johnson, Etta Pisano (Dean), Darlene Shaw, Melanie Thomas, Cindy Wright, Linda Austin, Brenda Hoffman, Flo Hutchison, Carolyn Reed (COM); Betsy Pilcher (CODM).


Dean, New York Medical College School of Medicine. Submitted by executive search firm, Posner Advertising.


Chief Medical Officer, Froedtert and The Medical College Community Physicians (Medical College of Wisconsin). Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at the college are Pat Donohoue, Beth Drolet, Judy Kersten, Karen Marcdante, Mary Otterson, Julie Panepinto, Ann Rosenthal, Paula Termuhlen, Earnestine Willis (MCW).


Please send position announcements to Elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.   





Karen Emmons, Ph.D., (ELAM '08) has accepted a position as vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute at Kaiser Permanente's national headquarters in Oakland, C.A.


Cheryl Lee, M.D. (ELAM '13), the Robert and Eva Moyad Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been appointed as Director of Continuous Professional Development.


CBS Detroit, September 29, 2013:

WSU Graduate School, Dean Get $1.8M From NIH To Recruit More Researchers

Wayne State University announced that the Graduate School was one of 10 institutions selected by the National Institutes of Health to lead a five-year, $18.5 million initiative aimed at strengthening the research workforce in the United States, where there is a shortage of non-academic research scientists. [Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., (ELAM '14) is the Interim Dean of the Graduate School.]


Lesley Regan, M.B.B.S., M.D. (ELAM '11), Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine, was interviewed for an article in BMJ Careers, Helping Women Help Themselves.


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


AAMC CFAS-News, September 29, 2013:

An important perspective article in the November issue of Academic Medicine is now available on-line. Titled, "Making Equity a Value in Value-Based Health Care," the article is by Drs. Philip Alberti, Ann Bonham, and Darrell Kirch, all from AAMC. In the article, the authors "envision how disparities-related provisions in the Affordable Care Act and other recent legislation could be linked with new value-based health care requirements and payment models to create incentives for narrowing health care disparities and move the nation toward equity. Specifically, the authors explore how recent legislative actions regarding payment reform, health information technology, community health needs assessments, and expanding health equity research could be woven together to build an evidence base for solutions to health care inequities. Although policy interventions at the clinical and payer levels alone will not eliminate disparities, given the significant role the social determinants of health play in the etiology and maintenance of inequity, such policies can allow the health care system to better identify and leverage community assets; provide high-quality, more equitable care; and demonstrate that equity is a value in health."

AAMC CFAS-News, October 10, 2013:

AAMC's Chief Health Care Officer, Joanne Conroy, MD, (ELAM '98) authored a blog entry on the October 1 opening of the health insurance exchanges created by the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She discussed resources available to educate people about the program.  More importantly, she wrote, "It is easy to forget in the tremendous noise surrounding [ACA implementation] that creating access to affordable care for people without health insurance was what the ACA was all about. Denying those people even the most basic coverage sends the message that, at some level, they are expendable: Do we really believe that?"  She reminded us that there are millions of people who are uninsured and that they include colleagues, friends, and relatives "and they deserve basic health insurance coverage... Do not send the message that these people don't matter."  She concluded by providing ideas for what each of us can do to help people become aware of the options they have under the ACA and the health care exchanges.


Academic Medicine, 88(10), October 2013:

An Ethical Argument for Preserving Medical Trainee Authorship

Lypson, Monica L.; Philibert, Ingrid


The Journal of the American Medical Association, October 2, 2013, Vol 310, No. 13:

Mortality Reporting and Pay-for-Performance Programs  

Jamieson M. Bourque, MD, Ashley R. Hurst, JD, Mary Faith Marshall, PhD.


Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Health Outcomes During the Intervention and Extended Poststopping Phases of the Women's Health Initiative Randomized Trials    

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, Rowan T. Chlebowski, MD, Marcia L. Stefanick, PhD, Lynda H. Powell, PhD, et al. [Note that Sally Shumaker, Ph.D. also is involved in the Women's Health Initiative and cited in the article.]


Sponsorship: A Path to the Academic Medicine C-suite for Women Faculty?

Travis, Elizabeth L. PhD; Doty, Leilani PhD; Helitzer, Deborah L. ScD


Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine to Eliminate the Gender Leadership Gap: 50/50 by 2020

Valantine, Hannah MD; Sandborg, Christy I. MD


Journal of Dental Education, 1 October 2013; Vol. 77, No. 10:

Geriatrics Education in U.S. Dental Schools: Where Do We Stand, and What Improvements Should Be Made?

Naomi Levy, Ruth S. Goldblatt, and Susan Reisine


Journal of Women's Health. October 2013, 22(10):

Uterine Fibroid: The Burden Borne by African American Women

Gloria Richard-Davis


Wing of Zock, September 30, 2013:

Changing the Diversity Environment Requires a New Vocabulary

By Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD

The need for change haunts every diversity professional, especially in health care, where we are learning that health outcomes can depend on physicians' intentional decision-making as well as on unconscious biases. Yet the pace of attitudinal change seems to be crawling even as technological change barrels forward. Burnout is high among diversity professionals; a sense of isolation and voicelessness can overwhelm us, especially in the face of forces that don't see the need for change.




Articles of Note


Fast Company, September 25, 2013:

The Work, Life Balancing Secrets Of Super Successful Neuroscientists

It's not brain surgery, but it is brain science: maintaining a sterling academic career while also crushing it on the homefront. Now, have you formed your village yet?


The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2013:

Management Training vs. Trial by Fire
David Evans explains why training, by itself, won't prepare you for a role in academic leadership.


Are You Overbooked or Overlooked?
Women in the sciences are often loaded down with too many committee assignments yet forgotten when it comes to giving prestigious talks.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2013:

How to Build a Faculty Culture of Change
A good start would be to let departments determine their own organization and priorities.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2013:

Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration
Just because you want to move up doesn't mean that you will be able to do so at your preferred times and places.


The New York Times Magazine, October 3, 2013:

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man's. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.


Inside Higher Ed, October 4, 2013:

Avoiding Disastrous Presidencies

A new book gives tips and tricks to boards, presidents and would-be presidents to avoid leadership disasters.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2013:

How to Develop a TSC (Trusted Senior Colleague)
Your first priority as a new faculty member should be to find the right allies.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 9, 2013:

Women in Science (or Not)
Female scientists want more than a level playing field. Ann Adjie Shirley-Henderson says they deserve it.



Calls for Application, Nomination, Etc.


AAMC CFAS-News, October 3, 2013:

The AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring a webinar titled, "GDI Navigator to Excellence:  Promoting Scholarship Through Social Media," on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT. Topics will include how use social media for scholarly research and career advancement, a case study on its effective use, and a review of standards for digital professionalism and safeguarding your online footprint.


Save The Date

The 99th Annual Meeting Women in Medicine: Successfully Facing Future Challenges and Advances

March 14 - 16, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

Among the speakers lined up to present is Julie Freischlag, MD (ELAM '97), Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

On October 15, Wharton Digital Press will publish Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family. The book draws on the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project's study of two generations of Wharton students: Gen Xers surveyed in 1992 and Millennials studied in 2012. Stew Friedman, founding director of The Wharton School's Work/Life Integration Project, and an ELAM facilitator, studied two generations of Wharton college students as they graduated: Gen Xers in 1992 and Millennials in 2012. The cross-generational study produced a stark discovery - the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past 20 years. At the same time, men and women are now more aligned in their attitudes about dual-career relationships, and they are opting out of parenthood in equal proportions. But their reasons for doing so are quite different.


The AAMC has partnered with BMJ to develop Maximizing Value: Payment Models and Care Redesign, a series of subscription-based online learning modules combined with evidence-based resources and tools. Our first educational offerings under Maximizing Value cover bundled payments and are available now in an essentials and advanced version:

  • Bundled Payments Essentials: Interactive online learning modules (accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) and webinars that progress from the basics of bundled payments to design, execution, and implementation strategies. The content for the modules was adapted from the educational content the AAMC delivered as a facilitator/convener in BPCI.
  • Bundled Payments Advanced: Includes additional resources such as a systematic online platform to organize, document, and publish care redesign projects; and access to evidence-based clinical guidelines, quality improvement tools, and key research articles.

For more information, please visit this website.




The Last Word 


Fast Company, September 26, 2013:

These Teenage Girls Are Some Of The Most Promising Scientists Of The Future

Girls made up more than half of the finalists at Google's Science Fair. From turning banana peels into plastic to diagnosing skin cancer, here were a few of our favorite projects.


Fast Company, October 3, 2013:

Now More Than Ever, You Need This Illustrated Guide To Bad Arguments, Faulty Logic, And Silly Rhetoric

In these factious times, it's important to recognize that all opinions aren't created equal. Ali Almossawi explains, and illustrates, all manner of bad arguments.



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