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Action Plan 6: Enhance the Skills and Capacity of People in Academic Medicine

Christina Tushman explains how the AAMC is redefining its approach to leadership development.

Medical schools and teaching hospitals need individuals with the leadership, courage, and capabilities to address an array of complex issues.

Through this action plan, the AAMC will help the people of academic medicine to be “leader ready” for any situation. The outcomes of this action plan will be professionals in academic medicine who can collaboratively navigate dynamic and uncertain environments to anticipate and solve complex leadership challenges for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Where we are now

We’re continuing to work on two goals to deliver exceptional leadership development offerings to individuals in medical schools and teaching hospitals:

  • Providing a continuous learning journey that equips the people of academic medicine to lead through complexity, build diverse and inclusive environments, model transformational leadership behaviors, and advance their careers. We believe leadership is a behavior, not a position.
  • Expanding access to leadership education to serve a larger portion of the AAMC’s constituency by targeting new audiences, including professional staff, learners, and residents, and leveraging new learning delivery formats.

We recently piloted a new RISE program, RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine & Science – 4th Year Medical Students. Nearly 80 graduating M4 students about to experience one of the most exciting moments of transition in their careers, gathered to build leadership skills and knowledge they need to navigate the challenges and opportunities awaiting them as a resident.

We conducted constituent focus groups for two of our core flagship programs: our foundational program, comprised of individual contributors and those without formal leadership training, and our program for individuals leading a department or mission area within academic medicine and science. Through a series of progressive learning experiences, these programs will enable individuals to build essential leadership capabilities, model transformational behaviors, and contribute to the goals of their organization.

What happens next

  • We’re continuing to actively re-think the skills, capabilities and learning experiences you need to advance your career and to feel more confident and effective in a new role.
  • We’re analyzing focus group data and feedback to help inform curriculum development and the design of learning activities for the flagship leadership programs. 
  • We’re expanding our leadership development portfolio by offering the successful RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine & Science – 4th Year Medical Students seminar annually. The nomination period for the 2024 seminar will open this winter. Sign up to receive program updates.

Ways to get involved

  • We want to hear from you. Share your most pressing leadership challenges to help us ensure that we address the skills and topics you need to succeed both now and in the future.
  • Stay connected with us! Additional opportunities to take part in focus groups and content testing will become available. Sign up to participate.