Advancing women and closing the leadership gap: the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program experience

J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2001 Apr;10(3):271-7. doi: 10.1089/152460901300140022.


Women are persistently underrepresented in the higher levels of academic administration despite the fact that they have been entering the medical profession in increasing numbers for at least 20 years and now make up a large proportion of the medical student body and fill a similar proportion of entry level positions in medical schools. Although there are no easy remedies for gender inequities in medical schools, strategies have been proposed and implemented both within academic institutions and more broadly to achieve and sustain the advancement of women faculty to senior level positions. Substantial, sustained efforts to increase programs and activities addressing the major obstacles to advancement of women must be put in place so that the contributions of women can be fully realized and their skills fittingly applied in meeting the medical education and healthcare needs of all people in the 21st century.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Medical* / statistics & numerical data
  • Fellowships and Scholarships / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Philadelphia
  • Physician Executives / education*
  • Physicians, Women* / psychology
  • Physicians, Women* / statistics & numerical data
  • Physicians, Women* / trends
  • Prejudice
  • Professional Competence
  • Program Evaluation
  • Women's Health