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Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

This popular and highly interactive seminar provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the academic medicine enterprise as well as continue on the path to leadership.

This three and a half-day seminar is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments at the instructor or assistant professor level, and in the early stages of leadership positions within their discipline, department or institution. The seminar will present a foundation for modeling leadership behavior, assist in creating individual leadership goals, and provide an opportunity to receive mentorship on career-building skills, such as a personal statement and CV development. Throughout the seminar, participants will gain insights into the realities of building a career in academic medicine and science and will explore various paths to leadership within the academic health enterprise.

Throughout the seminar, areas of focus include: expanding self-awareness and leadership styles, improving communication and developing strategies for leading effective teams, navigating gender dynamics in the workplace, improving financial acumen and strategic planning, and more. The seminar also focuses on expanding a network of colleagues with the facilitation of peer discussion, large and small-group sessions, and the opportunity to reflect on how new skills and strategies can be applied upon the return to their institution. Additionally, there is an emphasis on establishing personal organizational skills and wellness practices to serve as a foundation for success as women advance to higher faculty ranks and leadership positions.

Seminar faculty from schools throughout the United States and Canada have been chosen for their specialized knowledge in particular areas and demonstrated leadership capabilities. They offer valuable information, inspiring stories, and practical advice to support career advancement.

Who Should Attend?

The Early Career Seminar for Women Faculty is designed for women at the instructor or assistant professor level, with at least 1-2 years in academic medicine, but generally less than six years.

Upcoming Seminar

February 2-5, 2019
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
San Diego, California

July 27-30, 2019
Ritz-Carlton St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Application & Fees

The online application process has now closed for the February 2019 seminar. The application process for the July 2019 seminar will begin in mid-February 2019.

The 2019 application fee is $1,950 and includes payment of the 3.5-day seminar, seminar materials, four breakfasts, three lunches, refreshment breaks, one dinner, and one networking reception. The application fee did not include the optional CME fee, travel, or hotel accommodations.

Program Objectives:

At the completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

• Integrate new leadership competencies and skills
• Gain insights into overcoming challenges of building a career in academic medicine and science
• Expand their network of colleagues
• Identify skill areas in need of further development

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