The complex environment of academic medicine poses tremendous leadership challenges for faculty. From leading interdisciplinary teams to pursuing organizational change while navigating demanding organizational and regulatory environments within academic health centers, faculty must develop expertise that is often distinct from the their traditional roles and responsibilities. Formal leadership development programs complement faculty members’ clinical, research, and teaching expertise by providing opportunities for faculty to explore who they want to be as leaders and develop the competencies they need to lead effectively in academic medicine.
On this site you’ll find UVA affiliated leadership development programs including the award-wining Leadership in Academic Matters program.
Also included are a few external opportunities. Please note that references or links to programs sponsored by non-School of Medicine entities do not represent endorsement by the University of Virginia School of Medicine. They are shared for informational purposes only.
Leadership Development Programs Listing
Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) is a faculty development opportunity focused on supporting, inspiring, and rewarding those who, in these myriad roles, have demonstrated leadership characteristics and future potential. LAM provides participants with concrete resources, access to expertise and experiential learning opportunities focused on a variety of topics including managing change, building and managing teams, difficult conversations, developing successful networks, and finding life balance in a dynamic and growing career. Weekly half-day sessions are conducted over the course of several months, facilitated by leading experts in academic leadership. Generally, the LAM program is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Participation is limited to 30 faculty members per session of which School of Medicine faculty have 15 slots. SOM individuals wishing to participate must be nominated by their department chair. More LAM information is available here.
Darden Executive Education offers a catalog of programs, certificates and development experiences available in person in Charlottesville and Washington, DC. They also have a number of online offerings. Click on each link below to explore more detailed program information including format, location, duration, and cost.
The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program is a year-long part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,000 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world. For more information about the program, including application information, click here. The UVA SOM has sponsored women faculty who have been accepted to ELAM. Please contact Susan Pollart, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, for more information.
Academic medicines is changing—and so is leadership. Leadership development has never been more essential to anticipating, navigating, and solving the complex challenges facing today’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. Whether you are an executive-level leader, new to a leadership position, or in a role where you want to make a difference in your community and profession, the AAMC can help you prepare to lead yourself, your team, and your organization into the future. Click on each link below to explore more detailed program information including format, location, duration, and cost. The UVA SOM Dean’s Office has sponsored faculty attendance at AAMC programs through the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development and the Committee on Women. Please contact Susan Pollart, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, for more information.
Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centersis designed to serve a wide array of physician leaders. It convenes medical directors and chiefs of divisions from academic health centers together with an interdisciplinary faculty team for two weeks of intensive and systematic study of the critical leadership and management issues faced by physicians in administrative positions and academic health centers. The curriculum is organized around the following topics: institutional strategy, financial analysis, operations management, organizational issues, conflict resolution and negotiation, leadership, and health policy.
Many specialty societies offer leadership development programs for their members. Faculty can visit their specialty society’s website and navigate to the appropriate section. Leadership program offerings are often listed under Leadership Development, Faculty Development, Education, Programs, or some other similar heading. A simple Google search combining the specialty society name + “leadership programs” or “leadership development” is another way to find faculty leadership programs offered or supported by the specialty society.