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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

 The AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program is an intensive, one-year, cohort-based leadership development program that provides a firm foundation in the best practices and recognized theoretical models of effective educational leadership that are key to advancing medical education at all levels.  Participants (Fellows) gain knowledge, skills, values, and real-life application that faculty and professionals in academic medicine need to be successful educational leaders. LEAD is offered as a national program offered in four concurrent cohorts, one based in each of the four regions of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs.  LEAD is also available as an institution-sponsored program. Created in 2009 in the Southern GEA region, as of April 2016, there are 97 LEAD graduates from across the country.

The call for LEAD Fellow Applications for the 2017-18 program closed on Friday, November 18, 2016. 

Who Should Participate?

This program is designed primarily for early to mid-career faculty engaged in or aspiring to become an educational leader in academic medicine.

What You Will Learn?

Delivered as a robust curriculum and a comprehensive mix of active and collaborative learning, real-life applications, coaching and mentoring, and reflective practice, the LEAD curriculum is grounded  in the following domains of effective leadership:

  • Leading through strategic vision and setting direction
  • Leading by developing others
  • Leading by managing effectively (e.g., administering and managing for healthy and efficient work environments
  • Leading by developing the organization

Upon completion of the LEAD certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Apply relevant theoretical frameworks of educational leadership to guide ongoing leadership development and effective actions in various situations
  • Provide a solid rationale for using leadership theories to guide practice
  • Differentiate between administration, management, and leadership, and explain the contribution of each to performing as an effective educational leadership
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that include effective communication, supervision, strategic planning, and organizational development (e.g., creating a shared vision, developing people and capacity, facilitating effective change)
  • Use reflective practice and feedback to develop and continuously refine their personal leadership style and effectiveness
  • Develop supportive relationships with others to facilitate one’s leadership career aspirations.

Learn how the program works and how to apply
Read what past fellows are saying about LEAD
Whom to contact if you have questions