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Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

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This popular and highly interactive three-day seminar provides women at the assistant professor level with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the academic medicine enterprise and continue along the path to leadership.

The program is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments and in the early stages of leadership positions within their discipline, department, or institution. The seminar will present a foundation for modeling leadership behavior, and participants will learn skills and strategies to assist them with creating individual leadership goals. Participants will gain insights into the realities of building a career in academic medicine and science, grow their professional network, and explore various paths to leadership.

Areas of focus include: expanding self-awareness and personal leadership styles, improving communication, navigating gender dynamics in the workplace, increasing financial acumen and strategic planning, negotiation strategies, 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 these new skills and strategies can be applied upon the return to their institution. Additionally, there is an emphasis on establishing personal leadership skills and 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 specific 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 assistant professor level, with a minimum of two years’ experience (at the time of the seminar) but generally not more than eight years in their faculty appointment at a U.S. or Canadian medical school, an AAMC member institution. Instructors will be considered based upon experience.

Upcoming Seminar

CANCELED: July 11-14, 2020
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn.

CANCELED: February 23-26, 2021
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort
Indian Wells, Calif.

CANCELED: July 20-23, 2021
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn.

The AAMC has decided to cancel all planned in-person meetings through June 30, 2021 as the health and safety of our constituents and staff remains our top priority and we’ve also made the decision to cancel the July 2021 offering. We are committed to finding safe and effective alternative ways to bring together the academic medicine community and appreciate your patience as we consider options.  We will update our website as soon as additional information becomes available and a future date of the live offering has been determined.

Application & Fees

The 2020 application fee was $1,950 and included payment of the seminar, seminar materials, three breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks, one dinner, and one networking reception. The application fee did not include the optional CME fee, travel, or hotel accommodations. 

The AAMC believes that gender equity is key to achieving excellence in academic medicine. As women continue to be underrepresented in key leadership positions within the physician and scientific research workforce, the early and mid-career women faculty seminars strive to provide participants with critical knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance their leadership skillset and increase their confidence in seeking advancement to the next stage of their career.

Previous attendees have provided feedback regarding the positive impact of full participation in all seminar programming, including plenary and breakout sessions, peer collaboration activities, and evening networking events. These seminars are designed to immerse and engage you in an intensive learning experience through interactive table discussions, focused learning and application, and networking opportunities. Please consider applying to a seminar at a time that best allows you to be fully present in the classroom and engage in all activities to maximize the overall impact of the experience for yourself and the other participants.

Program Objectives:

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

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that include effective communication, expanding self-awareness, increasing financial acumen, and other leadership topics necessary for skill development and career advancement
  • Gain insights into overcoming challenges and developing strategies for navigating gender dynamics in the workplace  
  • Create individualized leadership goals that align with their long-term career vision and short-term goals for promotion
  • Expand their network of colleagues within academic medicine and science

Frequently Asked Questions About the Seminar

Questions? Email learningandleadershipdevelopment@aamc.org

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