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    Opportunities for Faculty to Develop Their Leadership Skills

Academic medicine and science are undergoing unprecedented transformation and leaders that can navigate this new landscape are needed to drive future change and shape the future to improve healthcare for all.

UC Davis Health seeks to identify, invest in, train and develop leaders that are diverse learners, able to collaborate, innovate, and drive our future.

Serving as a leadership innovation hub for medical trainees and faculty in the schools of health at UC Davis Health, the program’s goals are boosting performance and retention, enhancing professionalism and collegiality, creating a culture of opportunity, and effecting positive cultural change.

This program focuses on identifying innovative leadership opportunities and the pathways for participation for all levels of medicine and nursing faculty, including early and mid-career faculty as well as senior-level faculty members.

View our list of offerings.

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Paths to Leadership

Designed to be immersive, intensive and time sensitive. Using a customized leadership curriculum, Paths to Leadership will provide a 5 consecutive half-day immersive career and skill development experience to a faculty cohort in order to teach and promote personal and professional development skills necessary for career success. Successful completion of the seminar will be recognized by a program Certificate.

Who should attend? Early career faculty (Assistant Professors and newly promoted Associate Professors).

UC Davis sponsored opportunity: Yes

Cost: Covered by UC Davis School of Medicine

Date and location: April 15 – May 6, 2022 | Virtual

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Overview of Leadership Development Opportunities

We currently support faculty in pre-selection, career, and application coaching for external faculty development programs for minority faculty and women. Attendance at a number of these opportunities is supported by the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Early and Mid-Career Leadership Development Seminars

Brief description: Our program helps funnel early and mid-career minority and women faculty members through pre-selection, career, and application coaching for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) leadership seminars. These seminars are designed specifically for faculty who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.

Read more about early and mid-career leadership development seminars

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Academic Pathway for Health Science Trainees

Brief description: Our academic pathway for health science trainee program  will allow participants the opportunity to speak directly with senior faculty about their careers, and gain practical skills on leadership skills while learning how they can be applied to a career in academic medicine. Residents will be exposed to cases and assigned readings, didactic lectures, experiential learning, and panel discussions given by expert faculty and health system leaders.

Read more about the Academic Pathway opportunity

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Other Innovative Leadership Opportunities

Brief description: We also support faculty in career and application coaching for a number of other innovative opportunities for leadership development, including:

  • Harvard Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare
  • California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Leadership Program
  • UC Davis Faculty Leadership Academy (FLA)
  • UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)

Read more about these innovative opportunities

Future Program and Leadership Conference Opportunities

Watch for more on these upcoming program offerings:

  • Leadership Accelerator — An experiential 6-month sponsorship opportunity for mid-career and senior faculty (2021)
  • University of California-Wide Health Sciences Leadership Development Conference (Spring 2021)
Sandhya Venugopal M.D.

About Leading the Right Way

As one navigates the multitude of opportunities and challenges in an academic medical center, it’s not about finding the perfect leadership style. It is about learning and applying situational leadership — leading the right way for the right situation and context. ELAM helped me develop a personal style that relies on flexibility, adaptability and thoughtful analysis in leading others.

— ELAM participant, Sandhya Venugopal M.D., MS-HPEd, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Lorena Garcia, M.P.H., Dr.P.H.

Elevating the Profile of Latina Scholars

I am a better leader today because of my participation. As one of only a handful of Latina scholars in STEM fields at UC Davis, the AAMC leadership experience empowered me to see a new phase in my career of elevating the profile of Latina scholars and serving as a role model for students and younger faculty.

— AAMC minority faculty seminar participant, Lorena Garcia, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences; Director, Undergraduate Education

Bahareh Nejad, M.D.

Incorporating Leadership Strategies in my Medical Directorship

Attending a national meeting as a delegate from UC Davis Health allowed me to network with faculty from numerous other institutions. Not only did I broaden my knowledge and relationships, but I also learned effective leadership strategies to apply in my medical directorship with hospital administration.

— AAMC Mid Career Seminar for Women participant, Bahareh M. Nejad, M.D., FACOG, Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery

Amazing Opportunity to Meet Strong Women with Unique Backgrounds and Expertise

The seminar empowers you to do what you want without changing who you are. It is an amazing opportunity to meet strong women with unique backgrounds/expertise/interests and then to realize that they all are facing the same challenges as you are. It taught me to see challenging situations as something that will make me stronger rather than “that thing” that will ruin my career.

— AAMC Early Career Seminar for Women participant, Inna Keselman, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA Medical Center, Neurology