National Opportunities & Awards

Open Opportunities

The AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

This one-year, cohort-based, national leadership certificate program develops educational leaders in health professions through evidence-based, collaborative learning and reflective practice. All LEAD participants are assigned a national LEAD Coach, participate in two in-person workshops (1.5 days each), complete a personalized Applied Learning Focus activity, and engage in a professional learning community with peers and expert LEAD faculty from across the country. The LEAD Certificate Program is targeted at early- to mid-career professionals who are aspiring to, or already in, leadership roles in health profession education.

Harvard Macy Institute Opportunities

The Harvard Macy Institute offers five professional development courses each year in Boston. Its graduates have created a global community of medical educators and leaders dedicated to transforming healthcare delivery and education. Their Program for Educators in Health Professions is well-known for preparing faculty interested in careers as clinician educators and education administrators. Additionally, two of their programs focus on leadership: Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education and Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers.

Levinson Institute Leadership for Physician Executives Program

The Levinson Institute offers this one-week, high-intensity program to prepare physicians for leadership roles. Founded in 1984, the program has trained hundreds of physician executives, updating its curriculum yearly to address the ever-changing landscape of healthcare delivery. 

Society of General Internal Medicine Teaching Educators Across the Continuum of Healthcare (SGIMTEACH)

The TEACH certificate program was developed by the SGIM Education Committee to address the needs of junior clinician educators. This program focuses on teaching skills, offering quality instruction and assessment with tangible outcomes.

AAIM Executive Leadership Program

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) partners with the Crimson Group in Boston to offer their executive leadership program. This week-long, annual program develops rising leaders within departments of medicine across the country.

Opportunities for Women

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

This four-day, interactive seminar provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the landscape of academic medicine enterprise and continue on a path to leadership. Attendees develop academic medical and scientific career-building skills, including: communication, conflict management, financial acumen and strategic thinking.

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

This four-day leadership development seminar focuses on female physicians and scientists who hold medical school appointments at the associate professor level as well as leadership positions within their discipline, department or institution. The seminar covers leadership topics relevant to mid-career faculty, including: communication, overcoming challenges in the changing landscape of academic medicine, negotiation, wellness, politics and more.

Drexel University College of Medicine Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program is a year-long, part-time fellowship for female faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry and public health. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention given to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,000 ELAM alumni hold leadership positions in institutions around the world. Individual women are nominated in order to participate.

Opportunities for Minorities

AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

The Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar is designed for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors and assistant professors) and postdoctoral researchers (with M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s) who aspire to hold leadership positions in academic medicine.

This three-day seminar provides participants with real-world guidance and tools for academic medical career advancement, key professional competency development, grant writing and communications, and professional network expansion.

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar

The Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar (Mid-Career MinFac) addresses the specific needs of mid-career faculty from a culturally responsive approach. This professional development seminar provides networking opportunities, small-group executive coaching sessions and CV review for career planning, as well as observational learning opportunities where participants are matched with senior faculty members from outside of their institution.

National Awards

Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education (AAMC)

The Flexner Award is granted annually to an individual for extraordinary contributions to the medical education community. The Flexner Award recognizes the highest standards in medical education and honors individuals whose impact on medical education is national in scope. Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member of a medical school or teaching hospital, or by any member of an academic society. Any individual who has made a significant contribution to academic medicine is eligible for nomination.

David E. Rogers Award (AAMC)

The Rogers Award is granted annually to a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and healthcare of American people.

Pride in the Profession Award (AMA)

The Pride in the Profession Award honors physicians whose lives encompass the true spirit of being a medical professional: caring for people. By practicing medicine in areas of challenge or crisis, or by devoting their time to volunteerism or public service, these physicians serve as the voice of patients in the United States who otherwise might not be heard.

Dr. Nathan David International Award in Medicine (AMA)

Named after the founder of the AMA, the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine recognizes physicians whose influence reach the international patient population and change the future of their medical care. By treating, educating and counseling patients beyond the U.S. border, these physicians' work positively impacts healthcare in the global arena.

Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award (AMA)

The Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award recognizes the work of a U.S. physician who has demonstrated altruism, compassion, integrity, leadership and personal sacrifice while providing quality healthcare for a destitute, distressed or marginalized population in an impoverished community.

Jack B. McConnell, M.D., Award for Excellence in Volunteerism (AMA)

The Jack B. McConnell, M.D., Award for Excellence in Volunteerism recognizes the work of senior physicians who provide treatment for U.S. patients who lack access to healthcare. After a full career of practice, these physicians remain dedicated to the future of medicine through the spirit of volunteerism.

Herbert W. Nickens Award (AAMC)

This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and healthcare equity in the U.S.

Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship (AAMC)

This award recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member committed to a career in academic medicine who has demonstrated leadership addressing medical education and healthcare inequities in the United States as well as educational and societal healthcare needs within racial and ethnic minorities.

Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service (AAMC)

The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service is presented annually to a member institution or organization with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to addressing community needs. The award recognizes exceptional programs that go well beyond the traditional role of academic medicine and reach communities whose needs are not being met through the traditional health delivery system.

John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award

The John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award, established in 1993, is presented annually by the Houston Academy of Medicine in collaboration with the Harris County Medical Society, to recognize a physician whose career has been founded on the Oslerian ideals of medical excellence, humane and ethical care, commitment to medical humanities and writing, research, and harmony between academicians and medical practitioners. These characteristics were exemplified by the life of Sir William Osler, who is revered worldwide as the "Father of Modern American Medicine".

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (AAMC)

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor who teaches and advises medical students.

Specialty Society Awards for Practicing Doctors (Gold Foundation)

These awards identify and honor practicing physicians who best demonstrate the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being.

Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award (AAMC)

This award recognizes the significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers.

Weill Cornell Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Women

This award recognizes outstanding faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine who demonstrate commitment to advancing the academic careers of women in the areas of clinical care, research or education. Awardees have a track record of providing strong mentorship as well as fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all faculty.

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