Dr. Diane Krause of Yale School of Medicine and Melinda Pettigrew of Yale School of Public Health have been selected to participate in a prestigious year-long leadership training program for women in medicine called Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM). ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Krause is a professor of laboratory medicine, associate director of the Yale Stem Cell Center, and associate director of transfusion medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Pettigrew is an associate professor of epidemiology and associate dean for academic affairs at Yale School of Public Health. “In some ways, the Department of Laboratory Medicine is at the center of translational research in the Yale academic medical setting,” Krause said, adding that she will build upon this strong foundation in order to further promote clinical translational research during her leadership training.

The program is dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for positions of leadership at academic health centers, where they can ultimately play a role in helping academic health organizations to become more inclusive of different perspectives and responsive to societal needs and expectations.

Established in 1995, ELAM offers a one-year program of leadership training aimed at expanding the pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, and public health.

“Although more women than ever attend medical, dental, and public health schools, they are still underrepresented among top administrative leaders,” said Carolyn Mazure, director of Women’s Health Research at Yale, professor of psychiatry, and associate dean for faculty affairs at Yale School of Medicine. “The ELAM program aims to place more women in senior leadership positions.”

Including Mazure, Yale has now placed seven women in the program over the years, and all have established positions of leadership. Dr. Gail D’Onofrio developed emergency medicine as an independent department in the medical school and is now chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Susan Mayne, professor of epidemiology and public health, is associate director of the Yale Cancer Center and has established a partnership with the National Cancer Institute for epidemiology training. Dr. Rosemarie Fisher, professor of medicine, is associate dean for graduate medical education and recently was awarded the Dema C. Daley Founders Award by the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, the highest honor bestowed on internal medicine educators. Another Yale ELAM graduate is Dr. Lynn Tanoue, professor of medicine, who is medical director of the Yale Cancer Center thoracic oncology program and vice chair for clinical affairs. 

Mazure said, “It is a privilege to assist women faculty in becoming part of this program. We have the opportunity to draw upon a faculty with great capability who use this leadership training to make very significant contributions to the academic environment.”