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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, develops educational leaders in health professions education through evidence-based, collaborative learning, and reflective practice. The program will be delivered as a one-year, cohort-based, national leadership development certificate program. The program provides: Theory and evidence-based learning for interested professionals to develop and strengthen their educational leadership; A professional learning community for aspiring and emerging leaders to learn from, and with each other; Learning and reflective practice for enhancing one’s leadership style and practices; and, Facilitation of entry and progressive advancement into meaningful leadership roles.

The LEAD curriculum is grounded in contemporary conceptions of transformational leadership and includes four primary domains:
1. Strategic vision and setting direction
2. Developing people
3. Developing organizations
4. Managing effectively

For more detailed information, please review the Information Sheet. 


Participants successfully completing the following activities will receive an AAMC issued Certificate of Recognition:
1. Virtual orientation session
2. Two in-person workshops (1.5 days each) targeting all four LEAD curriculum domains
3. Pre- and post-workshop self-directed learning activities
4. Coaching via an assigned national LEAD coach
5. Real-life application through the development and implementation of an individual Applied Leadership Focus (ALF). Presentation of ALF work at an AAMC Regional Medical Education Meeting

Who Should Attend?

The program is targeted for early to mid-career professionals who are aspiring to or are already in leadership roles in health professions education.

Upcoming Certificate Program

To successfully complete the program, participants are required to attend the May and October Workshops in their entirety and attend the AAMC Regional Medical Education Meeting.

2018-2019 Cohort:
May 10-11, 2018: AAMC Learning Center, Washington, D.C.
October 11-12, 2018: Westin O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois
2019 Medical Education Regional Meeting: Date and Location TBD

Dates for the 2019-2020 cohort will be communicated in mid-summer 2018.

Application & Fees

The application process for the 2018-2019 LEAD Certificate Program is now closed. The application process for the 2019-2020 LEAD Certificate Program will open by early December 2018.

The 2018-2019 application fee was $1600 and included payment for the May and October workshops. This fee also included program materials, coaching sessions, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, refreshment breaks, and 1 dinner. The application fee did not include the following: travel/ hotel accommodations, or registration for the AAMC Regional Medical Education Meeting.

Program Objectives

At the completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:
• Apply relevant theoretical frameworks to guide their ongoing leadership development and effective actions in various situations;
• Differentiate administration, management, and leadership, and explain the contribution of each to performing as an effective educational leader;
• 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; and
• Develop supportive relationships with others to facilitate one’s leadership career aspirations.

Questions? Contact the AAMC Leadership Development team at

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