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AAMC Publications on Leadership

Leading: Top Skills, Attributes and Behaviors Critical for Success

Leading, part of the AAMC Successful Medical School Department Chair Series, is required reading for current and prospective medical school department chairs, deans and associate deans, and others who work with chairs.


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

This biennial report on the WIMS Benchmarking Survey has been completely redesigned to enrich your understanding of the state of women in medicine by providing multiple AAMC data sources, referencing scholars in academic medicine, and highlighting actionable strategies from the field with the goal of helping you to turn data into action to advance women at your institution.


C-Suite Recruiting Practices in Academic Medical Centers: How Teaching Hospitals Find Top Talent

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In 2010, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) explored recruitment practices for C-suite executives in major teaching hospitals. This report presents the findings of our work and paints a picture of how teaching hospitals find their top talent—both the strengths as well as the opportunities for improvement. This publication is only available as a PDF.


Recruiting: Proven Search and Hiring Practices for the Best Talent (Print Edition)

Part of the AAMC Successful Medical School Department Chair Series, Recruiting is focused on the process of identifying and attracting the most qualified individuals to serve as department chairs. It should be required reading for every institutional leader involved in the search and selection process, as well as current and prospective medical school department chairs, deans and associate deans, and others who work with chairs.


Foundational Skills for Chief Medical Officers

Foundational Skills for Chief Medical Officers

This monograph provides useful guidance by distilling the collective wisdom of the AAMC’s Chief Medical Officers Group (CMOG) regarding the essential skills required for success as a CMO or other clinical leader.


Leadership Recruitment Process in Academic Medicine: How Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals Search for New Department Chairs and Center Directors

Leadership Recruitment Process in Academic Medicine

Little is known beyond conventional wisdom and anecdotal descriptions about how the search process works for department centers and center directors in academic medicine centers. This report summarizes the major findings from surveys of medical school deans and teaching hospital CEOs conducted in 2009. This publication is only available as a PDF.


The Case for Strategic Talent Management in Academic Medicine

This white paper defines strategic talent management and proposes a conceptual model for how academic medical centers can test and improve their overall organizational performance through enhanced talent management.


The Diversity Research Forum, Getting to Institutional Excellence: Ensuring the Integration of Diversity in Academic Medicine

This publication focuses on the mechanisms, pathways, and evidence of achieving institutional excellence (i.e., high quality teaching, medical practice, and research) through the development of an inclusive campus climate that can harness the racial and ethnic diversity within academic medical settings. This publication is based on the proceedings of the 2009 Diversity Research Forum convened during the 2009 AAMC Annual Meeting. This publication is only available as a PDF.


The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Academic Health Centers

The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Academic Health Centers

This monograph—the result of a 2012 meeting of diversity experts in academic medicine hosted by the AAMC and the American Hospital Association Institute for Diversity in Health Management—represents the latest thinking on how to craft effective chief diversity officer (CDO) roles in healthcare organizations.


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Readings from Academic Medicine

What have leading minds in academic medicine said about leadership?