Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award

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The IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (OFAPD) received the 2009 AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. This prestigious award recognizes organizations that have distinguished themselves through their commitment to advancing women leaders in academic medicine and to improving the environment for women in academic medicine. Since the first award in 1993, these awards have recognized 16 individuals and seven medical school based women in medicine programs. The IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and OFAPD, which aim for a culture where ALL members of the IUSM community can participate fully and achieve maximum professional success, was honored for the many new initiatives and programs instituted to support women faculty in a short amount of time,  for example:

  • Annual women faculty leadership development workshop
  • luncheons featuring interviews with women in leadership
  • increased women faculty attendance at national professional development conferences
  • increased nominations of women faculty for awards
  • the “History of Women at IUSM” project
  • gender bias in search committee training
  • the AMWA mentoring program
  • advocacy related to institutional policies (i.e., flexibility in the tenure clock, health care benefits for part-time faculty)
  • state of the faculty report
  • surveys of faculty vitality

The award was presented during the Women in Medicine luncheon at the AAMC Annual meeting in November, 2009.  The IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and OFAPD were nominated by Dean D. Craig Brater, and Mary Dankoski, PhD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Co-Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council, accepted the award on behalf of the IUSM.