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  April 3, 2014
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ELAM Edge, March 20, 2014: ELUM Community in Five Words


ELAM Edge, March 6, 2014: Strength in More than Numbers! 


ELAM Edge, February 20, 2014: ELAM @ ADEA


ELAM Edge, February 6, 2014: Applications Are In



ELAM News to Know 


 A Report from ADEA


We were back in San Antonio once again for the annual American Dental Education Association ELUM and Fellow "Tea" on Monday, March 16. Over 20 ELUMs, Fellows, and guests attended, including ELAM staff Olivia Lee and Rosalyn Richman. Olivia had to say about the event,


It was wonderful to see everyone. Each time I return from attending an ELAM alumnae event, I am reminded how awesome the community is. With this past visit to the ADEA meeting I now see how close the dental ELUM community is. Our conversations shared were enlightening and informative. You support each other, encourage each other and lift each other up in hard times. Best of all, you celebrate one another. You really are stronger together.


Thank you to all that attended!



ELAM Application Update


The ELAM application for the 2014-2105 class year closed at the end of January, and we had another fantastic pool of candidates. We received 93 total applications and they came from:

  • 72 schools of medicine (including two Canadian schools)
  • 2 schools of dentistry
  • 4 schools of public health

Eleven institutions (7 SOM, 1 SOD, 3 SOPH) have never before had an ELAM Fellow. Of the 78 institutions submitting applications:

  • 63 forwarded a single candidate
  • 15 forwarded two candidates

Fourteen applicants applied previously to ELAM. Twenty-nine applicants identified their race as non-Caucasian or "other" and six identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin.


The pool includes:

  • 66 MDs (or equivalent)
  • 18 PhDs
  • 1 DDSs (or equivalent)
  • 7 MD/PhDs
  • 1 EdD

 The new class has been selected and will be notified in the coming weeks. Once the class members are notified, we will share the news with you as well!





Quote of the Day

One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves. One of our common failings is to depreciate our tremendous worth.

       - L. Tom Perry




Director, Center for Genomic Medicine and Director, Darby Children's Research Institute, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Submitted by the institution. ELUMs at MUSC are Kathleen Brady, Deborah Deas, Susan Harvey, Brenda Hoffman, Flo Hutchison, Donna Johnson, Etta Pisano (Dean), Darlene Shaw, Melanie Thomas, and Cindy Wright (COM); Betsy Pilcher (CODM).


Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. ELUMs at the university are Leslie Kohman and Margaret Turk.


Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Nazarbayev University School of Medicine, Astana, Kazakhstan (in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine). Submitted by the University of Pittsburgh. ELUMs at the university are Margaretha Casselbrant, Doris Cope, Kathleen McIntyre-Seltman, Doris Rubio, Jill Siegfried, Ann Thompson, Ora Weisz, and Shanta Zimmer (SOM); Anne Newman (SOPH).


Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Submitted by ELUM Mary Townsley. Other ELUMs at the university are Susan LeDoux and Karen Fagan (COM).


Chair, Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson Medical College. ELUMs at Thomas Jefferson are Christine Arenson, Elisabeth Kunkel, Sharon Lehman, Sue Menko, Edith Mitchell, Karen Novielli, Vijay Rao, and Susan Rosenthal (Jefferson Medical College).


Associate Dean for Medical Education, Nazarbayev University School of Medicine, Astana Kazakhstan (in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine). Submitted by the University of Pittsburgh. See above for ELUMs at the university.


Please send position announcements to Elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.   





AAMC CFAS-News, March 21, 2014:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released Women of Impact: Addressing Health Care's Broken Windows. The report is a result of a meeting of a small group of executive-level women from diverse sectors of the health care industry who gathered to discuss complex issues in health care. The group is made up of leaders from AAMC-member institutions and the AAMC leadership team. [The Women of Impact team had two ELUMs as members: Ann Bonham ('02) and Joanne Conroy ('98).


Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S. (ELAM '06), has been installed as the new Chair of the American Dental Education Association Board of Directors.


Deb Houry, M.D., M.P.H., (ELAM '14) was invited by Emory University as one of their distinguished faculty to have lunch with former President Jimmy Carter, where he spent the afternoon talking about the global issue of violence against women. He has a new book coming out on the subject (A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power).






Jean Kutner, M.D., M.S.P.H. (ELAM '08) was elected President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the 2014 AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly.




Three ELUMs from the class of 2004 paused for a "selfie" at the Association of American Medical College's Council of Deans spring gathering in New Orleans. From L to R, Valerie Montgomery-Rice, M.D., Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine; Etta Pisano, M.D., Dean of the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine; and Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.





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, April 2014, Volume 89, Issue 4:

Empowering Fourth-Year Medical Students: The Value of the Senior Year

Cosgrove, Ellen M.; Ryan, Michael J.; Wenrich, Marjorie D.


Towards a Unified Taxonomy of Health Indicators: Academic Health Centers and Communities Working Together to Improve Population Health

Aguilar-Gaxiola, Sergio; Ahmed, Syed; Franco, Zeno; More Aguilar-Gaxiola, Sergio; Ahmed, Syed; Franco, Zeno; Kissack, Anne; Gabriel, Davera; Hurd, Thelma; Ziegahn, Linda; Bates, Nancy J.; Calhoun, Karen; Carter-Edwards, Lori; Corbie-Smith, Giselle; Eder, Milton "Mickey; Ferrans, Carol; Hacker, Karen; Rumala, Bernice B.; Strelnick, A. Hal; Wallerstein, Nina


Does Emotional Intelligence at Medical School Admission Predict Future Academic Performance?

Humphrey-Murto, Susan; Leddy, John J.; Wood, Timothy J.; MHumphrey-Murto, Susan; Leddy, John J.; Wood, Timothy J.; Puddester, Derek; Moineau, Geneviève


Culture Matters: The Pivotal Role of Culture for Women's Careers in Academic Medicine

Westring, Alyssa Friede; Speck, Rebecca M.; Dupuis Sammel, Mary; More Westring, Alyssa Friede; Speck, Rebecca M.; Dupuis Sammel, Mary; Scott, Patricia; Conant, Emily F.; Tuton, Lucy Wolf; Abbuhl, Stephanie B.; Grisso, Jeane Ann 




Articles of Note


Center for Creative Leadership Leading Effectively e-Newsletter, March 2014:

Proof Positive: 3 Tools to Quiet Negative Thinking

Your negativity bias is a leadership liability, and Kathy Cramer wants to help you change.


3 Things Everyone Should Know About Teams

Teams come and teams go. You lead some, you join some. A few are formal and structured; most are not. Here's what you need to know to make teams work.



NPR All Tech Considered blog, March 16, 2014:

Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

A group of physicists banned PowerPoint from forums, and they aren't the only people who say we should cut back on slide-based presentations: Others include Amazon, LinkedIn and NASA.


Fast Company, March 17, 2014:

Management Tips From A Boss Who Actually Gives A Damn

Listening to your people--and following up on what you hear with empathy--could be the key to leadership success.


AAMC CFAS-News, March 21, 2014:

Findings from a study by researchers at the University of Washington show that "men have been 56 percent more likely than women to cite their own scholarly work." According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "That gap, instead of declining as more women enter the academy, has actually widened-with men self-citing 64 percent more than women over the past 10 years." (Subscription may be required.) 

The New York Times, March 21, 2014:

Students See Many Slights as Racial 'Microaggressions'

Blogs, papers and other projects have prompted wider discussion of 'microaggressions': remarks with a basis in racial, gender or other stereotypes.


Business Insider, March 24, 2014:

5 Tough Leadership Truths You Need To Know

I have always believed that it's the responsibility of current leaders to secure the future success of their companies, and to build the leadership pipeline of tomorrow. So, it is in this spirit that I reach out-generation to generation-and share a few truths I have learned during my career...


The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe Today, March 25, 2014:

The Professor Is In: OK, Let's Talk About Negotiating Salary

Don't panic: It's overwhelmingly unlikely that asking for more money will get your offer rescinded. Still, it's important to go about this the right way.


Fast Company, March 25, 2014:

This Map Will Tell You How Big The Gender Pay Gap Is In Your State (Infographic)

We've come a long way with gender equality in the workplace, but not far enough. Women are still making less than men all over the country. How much less? Take a look at this map to find out how your state stacks up when it comes to the gender pay gap.



The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe Today, March 26, 2014:

Trouble Recruiting Top Faculty? Promote Collaboration

A university leader explains how his public institution hires scholars away from highly ranked private colleges.


Negotiation 101

Lately there's been a lot of talk (but little consensus) about how to negotiate an academic job offer. So we asked eight Vitae Voices to dole out advice.



Knowledge@Wharton, March 26, 2014:

Sallie Krawcheck on the Business Case for Diverse Leadership

The former president of the global wealth and investment management division of Bank of America talks about subtle biases against women, how they can be overcome and why diverse leadership is critical.


Inside Higher Ed, March 28, 2014:

Negotiation Tips for New Chairs

Hiring? About to make an offer? Elizabeth Simmons offers advice on what you need to know to make your upcoming negotiation a success.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe Today, March 28, 2014:

Faking It: Women, Academia, and Impostor Syndrome

Why is it that the more we know, the more we feel like frauds?





Calls for Application, Nomination, Etc.


Strategy Execution in Healthcare Settings: A One-Day Seminar

April 15, 2014

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

What You Will Learn

  • The step-by-step approach leaders of any healthcare organization can use that makes getting strategic results far more likely
  • What a value discipline is and why it matters in healthcare:  How to select the right one for your organization; What the most common value discpline is for healthcare and why; How to use your value discipline
  • Best practices in forming the team at the top and preparing them to lead strategy execution
  • How to create and use a Strategy Map to formulate and execute strategy
  • Best practices used by M-K clients for developing leaders and executing strategy

View the brochure (pdf) for more information.

[Note: this workshop is being led by ELAM Facilitator Rick McNight, and he is offering a discounted fee for ELUMs.]


Liberating Structures are tools, often used in the ELAM curriculum (you might remember Conversation Café's, or TRIZ), used to bring organizations and teams together. The creators of Liberating Structures have a new book out, The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures, and are also holding a number of workshops across the country that you can learn about here.


Registration is now open for the 2014 Women Executives in Science and Healthcare (WESH) Spring Executive Leadership Summit, Soaring on the Winds of Change...Leadership Conversations in the Windy City.

Meeting Dates: May 9 - 10, 2014

Location: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

WESH provides resources for the advancement and promotion of women executives in medicine, healthcare and the sciences. This conference will provide attendees with a working familiarity of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on leaders within the healthcare and science setting. In addition, the conference will provide education and skill training in identifying ethical challenges in the leadership setting and applying new skills for management.


Relationship Centered Health Care is offering a new workshop: Interventional Uses of the Relational Coordination Survey, being held May 1-2, 2014 in Boston. This advanced workshop will help you learn how to use the Relational Coordination (RC) Survey in interventions to improve work processes and collaboration across the continuum from small co-located work groups to virtual teams to whole organizations and inter-organizational consortia. If you have experience in group facilitation or process consulting and want to take your understanding of RC to a higher level, we invite you to join us. This program will also help you prepare for the RC Survey Certification Program. For more information and to register, visit their website




The Last Word


The New York Times Sunday Review, March 22, 2014:

This Is What 80 Looks Like

Gloria Steinem occupies a singular place in American culture as the very face of feminism.


Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2014:

Study: Med Students Need Not Be Depressed

A study by the Saint Louis University medical school suggests that medical student depression and stress levels can be increased without reducing the level of academic rigor.




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