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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Application Information

Application to the 2016-2017 ELAM Fellowship year is NOW closed



Information for Applicants

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must have held the rank of associate professor in a medical, dental, or public health school for at least two years, and have had administrative experience in personnel and budget management.
  • Applicants must be nominated by the dean of their institution, or the chief executive officer of their academic health center. If the nomination comes from the CEO, please provide a secondary nomination from the school of primary academic appointment. We strongly suggest that each applicant discuss her application with her nominator before applying. Each school is limited to two applicants.
  • Applicants must have TWO (2) recommendations. One must come from a direct supervisor, and the other from a senior colleague (preferably from outside her home department). A nominator cannot also be a recommender. If the applicant's direct supervisor is her nominating dean/CEO, then the applicant's recommendations must come from two other individuals, one of whom, preferably, is senior to the applicant.
  • Applicants initiate the process of inviting nominators and recommenders to submit their materials as part of the online application. The system will generate an email invitation that will contain a unique link for nominators and recommenders to access the system. We encourage applicants to enter the system early in order to start an application and to invite nominators and recommenders. Applicants can save and exit the application after the invitation screen and return to complete it at a later time.
  • Note that those who are re-applying to ELAM must add a cover letter to the required CV with an update of accomplishments since the last application.
  • Nominations and recommendations are constructed as short essays to describe the candidate's qualifications and institutional support. Essays may be initiated in the online system as soon as the invitation is received. All applications, including attachments for a current CV and published work, must be submitted online by January 15, 2016, midnight Eastern time. ELAM will send electronic notification when the application is complete.
  • Nominations and recommendations must be received by January 29, 2016, at midnight Eastern time.

A strong candidate application presents evidence for leadership potential. This includes:

  • Description of leadership experiences that have included strategic risk-taking.
  • A track record of formal and informal professional development, including mentoring and program participation outside her specialty field.
  • Rationale for seeking leadership roles and a realistic assessment of likely internal and external leadership opportunities over the five years following the fellowship program.

Please take the time to read through our online application user guide [PDF] and preview the application questions [PDF] before entering the online application system.

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2016 – 2017 Tentative Program Schedule

Date

Program

Jun 1 – Sep 16, 2016

Complete self-assessments, assigned readings, and online assignments

Sep 17 – 23, 2016

Attend Session I (in Lafayette Hill, Pa.)

Sep 24, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017

Work on group and independent projects

Jan 7 – 12, 2017

Attend Session II (Denver, Colo.)

Jan 16 – Apr 21, 2017

Work on group and independent projects

Apr 22 – 27, 2017

Attend Session III (in Lafayette Hill, Pa.), including the Leaders Forum (Apr 26 - 27) with deans

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Fees and Additional Costs

ELAM's program fee is $12,900, which covers 19 days in session, distance learning activities throughout the fellowship year, course materials, faculty/facilitators, conference site expenses, continuing education fees, special events and most meals for the fellows.

In addition to the program fee, the fellow or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging during the sessions (approximately $325/day plus tax for each session), and some meals. Travel and lodging for deans attending the Leaders Forum are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution. Meeting materials and meals are provided for forum participants.

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Information for Nominators

Nomination requirements:

  • A school may nominate up to two (2) candidates and must be prepared to support however many of its applicants are accepted.
  • Nominations can be made only by the medical, dental, or public health school dean or the chief executive officer of the candidate's academic health center. If the nomination comes from the CEO, please provide a secondary nomination from the school of primary academic appointment.
  • A nominating institution must commit to:
    • Provide the necessary time for the candidate to fully participate in the ELAM program and to complete her assignments.
    • Financial support for the program fees and travel expenses.
    • Salary continuation during the ELAM fellowship period.
    • Dean and senior staff assistance with assignments, especially leadership interviews and financial trends analyses.
    • Dean attendance at the Leaders Forum.
  • Nominations must be submitted online by January 29, 2016, at midnight Eastern time. Please keep in mind that nominators will not be able to begin their essays online until the applicant enters the system and sends them an invitation.

Both the qualities of the candidate and the commitment of her institution are considered during the selection process. A strong nomination includes:

  • Evidence of a clear commitment to developing the candidate for formal or informal advancement and leadership roles within the five years following ELAM.
  • A professional development plan for the fellow that includes mentoring by the dean, chair or other senior administrator and opportunities to help the fellow develop a broader school or university view of leadership roles and strategies. Please see mentoring best practices [PDF] for more information.

Please take the time to read through our online application user guide [PDF] and preview the nomination questions [PDF] before entering the online application system.

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Information for Recommenders

Recommendation requirements:

  • Applicants must have TWO (2) recommendations. One must come from a direct supervisor, and the other from a senior colleague (preferably from outside her home department). A nominator cannot also be a recommender. If the applicant's direct supervisor is her nominating dean/CEO, then the applicant's recommendations must come from two other individuals, one of whom, preferably, is senior to the applicant.
  • Recommendations must be submitted online by January 29, 2016, at midnight Eastern time. Please keep in mind that recommenders will not be able to begin their essays online until the applicant enters the system and sends them an invitation.

A strong recommendation describes in detail the leadership potential of the candidate.

Please take the time to read through our online application user guide [PDF] and preview the recommender questions [PDF] before entering the online application system.

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More Information

For more information on ELAM and the application process, please:

 
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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.

ELAM is part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics (ICELA at Drexel®) at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.