Established in 1995, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program's primary aim is to attain higher levels of women in executive leadership roles. In 2022 ELAM launched a partner program, Executive Leadership in Healthcare (ELH) to focus on the unique needs of aspiring executive leaders in health care. 

Institutions are limited in the number of applications they can submit to these programs, so there is an internal selection process for ELAM and ELH.

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Institutions are limited in the number of applications they can submit, so there is an internal selection process for ELAM and ELH. 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 or ELH 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/ELH selection process.


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


Women Faculty who have held the rank of Associate Professor or higher for at least two years.

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 or DUHS leadership will support the balance.  Travel and lodging costs are covered by the department or the faculty member's funds.


Contact Mara Becker, MD, MSCE
Vice Dean for Faculty and an ELAM Alum