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AAMC Department Chair Resources

“As the leadership ‘glue’ that binds our complex academic medical centers together, department chairs...are pivotal players who must harness the intelligence, creativity, and commitment of their faculty, students, residents, and peers to help our organizations meet their missions to improve health.”

Darrell G. Kirch, MD
AAMC President and CEO
from the Foreword of Leading

Available Publications

AAMC Successful Medical School Department Chair Series

The State of Women in Academic Medicine: the Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership 2013-2014

Finding Top Talent: How to Search for Leaders in Academic Medicine

Report on Medical School Faculty Salaries (2014-2015)

Learning Offerings

Executive Development Seminar for Associate Deans and Department Chairs

Deans and Department Chairs

Through this four-day seminar, participants will enhance skills in people management, financial management, legal issues, communications, and more.
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What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process

Group of people talking during a meeting This e-learning presentation, created for academic medicine audiences, is designed to acquaint search committees and others with this research as one step toward mitigating the effects of unconscious bias.
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Resources from Academic Medicine

The Future-Oriented Department Chair
Grigsby, R Kevin; Hefner, David S.; Souba, Wiley W.; Kirch, Darrell G.
Academic Medicine, June 2004,79(6):571-577

Commentary: Interim Leadership of Academic Departments at U.S. Medical Schools
Grigsby, R Kevin; Aber, Robert C.; Quillen, David A.
Academic Medicine, October 2009,84(10):1328-1329

The Strategic Value of Succession Planning for Department Chairs.
Rayburn, William; Grigsby, Kevin; Brubaker, Linda
Academic Medicine, January 5, 2016,Publish Ahead of Print():

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Engagement Solutions


AAMC offers customized consultative services related to recruitment, selection, and development of department chairs.