URMC Supporting Women in Leadership Roles

Apr. 30, 2013
Linda H. Chaudron, M.D., M.S., Selected as 8th ELAM Fellow

Linda H. Chaudron, M.D, M.S., professor of Psychiatry and senior associate dean for Diversity at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been chosen for the 2013 Hedwig van AmeringenExecutive Leadership in Academic Medicine program (ELAM).  In becoming an ELAM fellow, Chaudron joins a venerable list of women administrators in academic medical centers across the nation, including the University of Rochester Medical Center.

"We are committed to advancing women into senior leadership and, year after year, we put forth strong nominees for ELAM,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  “As our eighth fellow and senior associate dean for Diversity, Linda Chaudron will add even greater depth to the decisions we make during these challenging times.”

ELAM is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions.  Fellows receive training in strategic finance and resource management, personal and professional leadership, organizational dynamics, and community building. The curriculum centers around the development of an Institutional Action Project designed to address a strategic institutional priority.

“The Fellows’ projects not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete, positive changes at their institutions,” said Diane Magrane, M.D., director of ELAM.

“We’re doing a lot of strategic planning around diversity, so this training will help move that process to an even higher level,” saidChaudron, who begins her fellowship this month.

ELAM alumnae from the U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry include Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Susan G. Fisher, Ph.D., Diane M. Hartmann, M.D., Susan L. Hyman, M.D., Vivian Lewis, M.D., Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., and the late Tana Grady-Weliky, M.D.

ELAM is a core program at Drexel University’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics in Philadelphia.