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Frequently Asked Questions about the Seminar: Early-Career Seminar for Women Faculty

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Will the AAMC offer two early-career seminars in the future?

In recent years, the demand for the early career women’s seminar has continued to grow and the number of applications we receive far exceeds the number of available seats in the seminar. As a result, many highly qualified candidates have been turned away. In 2020, the AAMC will offer one seminar. However, in 2021, the AAMC will offer two seminars, in order to support the greatest number of women faculty possible to provide them with the leadership tools and skills necessary for advancing their career in academic medicine and science. With each calendar year, we will continue to monitor the number of applications received in order to determine if a second seminar is necessary the following year.  That said, if there is only one seminar scheduled in a given year, it will continue to be held during the summer months.

Is there any distinction between the two seminars?

No. Both seminars will deliver the same high-quality content and leverage the experience of our esteemed faculty. The format of the seminar will remain the same as in previous years; with plenary sessions and small group workshops, networking receptions, and yoga to promote wellness. The distinctive factor between the two offerings will be the difference in date and location.

I’m not sure if I’m the right fit for this seminar – who is the seminar meant for?

The Early-Career Seminar for Women Faculty is designed for women at the assistant professor level, who hold a faculty appointment at an AAMC member school of medicine, with a minimum of two years’ experience in their current faculty role. We recognize every faculty member’s career progresses at a different pace so we say, generally, this seminar is designed for women faculty, looking to gain personal and foundational leadership skills to help prepare them for a successful career with academic medicine and science. Alternatively, the mid-career women faculty seminar is designed for women at the associate professor level, at an AAMC member school of medicine, who currently hold leadership positions and require broader organizational skills and strategies to help them achieve higher levels of leadership within academic medicine and science.

When will applications be open?

The application process for the July 2020 seminar will open in mid-February and will continue through mid-March. The application process for the February 2021 seminar will open in late August 2020. The application will remain open for approximately 4 weeks. Specific dates will be included on the application website which will be unique for each seminar.

What does the application require?

The application is an online form with a series of questions about your background and your clinical, education, research, and administrative responsibilities (as they are applicable). At the end of the online application you will upload one (1) letter of support from your institution and your most up to date CV.

What is the letter of support?

The letter of support is a letter coming directly from your chair, supervisor, or other administrative leader at your institution. This letter indicates that the institution is aware and supportive of your application and potential attendance of the seminar. This letter of support may or may not include financial support. We require this piece to ensure that the applicant has demonstrated leadership and competence at the institution and also that the institution is aware the individual is applying to the seminar.

Can more than one individual apply from an institution?

Yes! While we will continue to only accept a small number of applicants from each institution, to ensure diversity from across our member institutions and within academic medicine and science, we will do our best to ensure we’re supporting the greatest number of women possible in their leadership journey. 

How are applicants selected?

The application process for the seminar is very competitive, so it is most important that candidates meet the target audience requirements of the seminar. We also strive every year to have the most diverse class possible, as one of the major benefits of the seminar is networking with peers both similar and different to the ones your work with every day. To help make this happen we take a number of factors into consideration when selecting applicants other than their academic and clinical qualifications, such as: medical school, region, specialty, length of experience in academic medicine, research area, scholarship area, MD vs PhD (or combined degree), application status, and much more. Considering all the factors of an individual’s application helps create the most dynamic and diverse class possible so the participants have the best learning experience.

Additional Questions?

Have any additional questions? Email learningandleadershipdevelopment@aamc.org

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