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Action Plan 6: Enhance the Skills and Capacity of People in Academic Medicine

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Medical schools and teaching hospitals need individuals with the leadership, courage, and capabilities to address an array of complex issues. Through this action plan, the AAMC will help the people of academic medicine to be “leader ready” for any situation. The outcomes of this action plan will be professionals in academic medicine who can collaboratively navigate dynamic and uncertain environments to anticipate and solve complex leadership challenges for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Where we are now

We’re working on two goals to deliver exceptional leadership development offerings to individuals in medical schools and teaching hospitals: 

  • Providing a continuous learning journey that equips the people of academic medicine to lead through complexity, build diverse and inclusive environments, model transformational leadership behaviors, and advance their careers. We believe leadership is a behavior, not a position. 

  • Expanding access to leadership education to serve a larger portion of the AAMC’s constituency by targeting new audiences and leveraging new learning delivery formats. 

What happens next

  • We’re finalizing our leader-level framework and knowledge and skills roadmap, which will guide the development of new flagship leadership programs that serve as a progressive learning pathway for leaders at all levels. These programs will be designed to help faculty, professional staff and administrators build core leadership competencies; lead and affect change in complex systems; develop diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations; and model transformational behaviors. 

  • We’ll begin testing components of the first flagship program and collect feedback from beta participants in spring 2022. 

  • We’ll offer “RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine and Science,” the AAMC’s leadership course for medical students, in summer 2022.

Ways to get involved

  • We’ll post opportunities to participate in focus groups and test components of our new leadership offerings and welcome your interest in participating in and providing feedback. 

  • Medical students interested in RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine and Science should contact their Dean of Student Affairs to express their interest in being nominated. Deans of Student Affairs should watch their inbox in January for more information from the AAMC. 

Discover all 10 points of our strategic plan

Action Plan 1: Strengthen Medical Education

Action Plan 2: Support Students

Action Plan 3: Focus on Inclusivity

Action Plan 4: Diversify Tomorrow's Doctors

Action Plan 5: Prioritize Research

Action Plan 6: Evolve Leadership Skills

Action Plan 7: Improve Access

Action Plan 8: Advance Knowledge

Action Plan 9: Promote Health Equity and Health Justice

Action Plan 10: Adapt to Change