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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, cultivates leaders in academic medicine through evidence-based, collaborative learning and reflective practice. The program will be delivered as a one-year, cohort-based, national leadership development certificate program that focuses on four areas:

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 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 faculty who are aspiring to or are already in leadership roles in medical education. Professional staff in leadership roles who are working in medical education are also welcome to apply and will be considered on a space-available basis. Faculty and professional staff from non-member institutions will be considered on a space-available basis as well.

Upcoming Certificate Program

2019-2020 Cohort:
To successfully complete the program, participants are required to attend both the April and September Workshops in their entirety and attend one of the AAMC Regional Medical Education Meetings in spring 2020.
April 30-May 1, 2019: AAMC Learning Center, Washington, D.C.
September 4-5, 2019: Westin Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
2020 Medical Education Regional Meeting: Dates and Location TBD

Dates for the 2020-2021 cohort will be communicated in summer 2019.

Application & Fees

The application process for the 2019-2020 LEAD Certificate Program has closed. The application process for the 2020-2021 program will open in late 2019.

The fee for the 2019-2020 program was $1650 for AAMC members and $1980 for non-members. The registration fee included: payment for the April and September workshops, program materials, coaching sessions, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, refreshment breaks, and 1 dinner (total for both workshops.) Please note: there is a separate registration fee required to attend the 2020 spring regional meeting of your choice. The registration fee did not include the following: travel to/from the April and September workshops, hotel accommodations, or registration for the 2020 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;
• 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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