The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) Program for Women is the nation's only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health for institutional leadership positions where they can effect positive change.

ELAM's year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. Nearly 700 senior women leaders have participated in the program since 1995. ELAM alumnae make up 25 percent of the executive positions in academic medicine and dentistry that are held by women. Institutions are limited in the number of applications they can submit, so there is an internal selection process for ELAM.

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Institutions are limited in the number of applications they can submit, so there is an internal selection process for ELAM. The internal selection process is managed by the Office for Faculty. Applications usually become available in the fall. If you think you may want to apply for a future ELAM program, discuss your plans with your chair early and communicate your interest to our office as soon as possible. Participation in the program takes significant personal and institutional commitment, which must be demonstrated during the application process. The information below pertains to the most recent ELAM selection process.


There is an internal selection process for ELAM. The internal process is outlined in this memo. The first step is a letter of intent, which is due in October the year prior to the fellowship. Following the Duke internal selection process, the Duke applicant will submit an official ELAM application and letters of support, due in January of the program year. You can learn more about the ELAM application and preview the application questions here


Women Faculty at the Associate Professor and Full Professor Level


A strong candidate application presents evidence for leadership potential. This includes:

  • Description of leadership experiences that have included strategic risk-taking.
  • A track record of formal and informal professional development, including mentoring and program participation outside her specialty field.
  • Rationale for seeking leadership roles and a realistic assessment of likely internal and external leadership opportunities over the five years following the fellowship program
  • An idea or plan for an Institutional Action Project that expands leadership skills and institutional visibility.

Departments will be expected to contribute $5,000 towards the program fee and the Dean’s office will support the balance.  Travel and lodging costs are covered by the department or the faculty member's funds.


Contact Ann Brown, MD, MHS
Vice Dean for Faculty and an ELAM Alumna
(919) 684-4139