Ostrov named a Fellow of the National Leadership Program

June 25, 2009

Dr. Barbara Ostrov is one of 53 senior faculty selected for the 2009-10 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. Ostrov is chief of the divisions of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Department of Pediatrics, interim chief of the Division of Rheumatology, administrative vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and professor of pediatrics and medicine.

ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. The new fellows represent 49 medical, dental, and public health schools. The ELAM curriculum adapts lessons in executive management and institutional leadership, such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics, and personal and professional effectiveness, to the academic health center environment. These develop over the course of an intense program that incorporates three week long in-residence sessions, application and further development of lessons at their institutions, and use of new information technologies for distance learning and community-building.

During their year with ELAM, fellows gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the challenges facing academic health centers through meetings with national leaders in the field, interactions with their peers in the program, and interviews with a wide range of senior officers at their own institutions. Fellows also undertake a long term project that addresses an institutional need or goal while providing an opportunity for leadership and greater visibility.

ELAM’s mission is to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, thereby changing the culture of academic health centers to become more inclusive of different perspectives and more responsive to changing social agendas. Approximately 20 percent of its 569 graduates currently serve in the highest-level leadership ranks, from associate dean through university president.

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