Parent named to fellowship in academic medicine leadership

November 09, 2016

HERSHEY, Pa. — Dr. Leslie Parent, vice dean for research and graduate studies at Penn State College of Medicine, has been named a 2016-2017 fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long in-residence sessions with distance learning, designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the fellows’ institutions. The program is dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation.

Each fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. Parent was nominated by Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, chief executive officer of Penn State Health, and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State. 

One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership. These action projects are designed to address a strategic institutional priority. The work of the fellowship is aimed to not only help participants 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. Parent’s project is to develop physician-scientist training programs at the College of Medicine.

Upon completion of the one-year fellowship in April 2017, the 54 members of this class will join a community of over 1,000 alumnae.

The work for this incoming class begins in June with online assignments and community building activities that continue through the end of the program in April 2017.

  • Dr. Leslie Parent

    Dr. Leslie Parent

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Last Updated November 09, 2016