U Neurobiologist Named as ELAM Fellow

U Neurobiologist Named as ELAM Fellow

Jun 26, 2009 4:17 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - Monica L. Vetter, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been selected as one of 53 ELAM Fellows for 2009-2010.

The yearlong fellowship, part of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine, prepares senior faculty at medical, dental, and public health schools to assume leadership roles at academic medical centers. This year's class of ELAM fellows was selected from 49 institutions, according to Diane Magrane M.D., director of Drexel's Center for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine.

"The ELAM fellowship experience is like no other, providing opportunities for self-reflection, application of new concepts and perspectives, and entry into a network of women leaders eager to support each other's advancement," Magrane said.

The ELAM curriculum adapts lessons in executive management and institutional leadership, such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics, and personal and professional effectiveness, to the academic health center environment. These develop over the course of an intense program that incorporates three weeklong, in-residence sessions, application and further development of lessons at their institutions, and use of new information technologies for distance learning and community-building.

"I am pleased to be able to follow in the footsteps of the other talented women at the University of Utah who have benefited from the ELAM Program," Vetter said. "It is a tremendous opportunity to develop new leadership and financial skills, as well as to step away from my day¬-to-day activities to focus on planning for future challenges and responsibilities."

Other University of Utah faculty who previously held ELAM fellowships include: Mary C. Beckerle, Ph.D., professor of biology and executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute; Joyce A. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor and chair of biomedical informatics; and Barbara J. Graves, Ph.D., professor and chair of oncological sciences.
During their year with ELAM, fellows gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the challenges facing academic health centers through meetings with national leaders in the field, interactions with their peers in the program, and interviews with a wide range of senior officers at their own institutions. Fellows also undertake a long-term project that addresses an institutional need or goal while providing an opportunity for leadership and greater visibility.

ELAM's mission is to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, and, in so doing, to change the culture of academic health centers to become more inclusive of different perspectives and more responsive to changing social agendas. Some 20 percent of its 569 graduates currently serve in the highest-level leadership ranks, from associate dean through university president, including:    

  • Five of the 15 current women deans at U.S. medical schools     
  • Five of the 13 women deans at U.S. dental schools     
  • Two of 12 women deans at U.S. public health schools    
  • In medical schools, 24 percent of women department chairs and 27 percent of associate and vice deans are ELAM graduates.

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