Vol. 11 No. 11 - June, 2009

Two UMMS leaders named Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellows

Deborah DeMarco
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Deborah DeMarco, MD, and Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD

Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, and Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, have been named fellows of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. The nation’s only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine and dentistry to affect positive change, ELAM is a core program of Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership.

Both professors of medicine and recognized as mentors among students and faculty, Drs. DeMarco and Szabo already hold leadership positions at the Medical School: DeMarco is associate dean of graduate medical education (GME) and Szabo is associate dean for clinical and translational research. “My leadership skills have been learned on the job and by observing role models,” DeMarco noted.

ELAM is the nation’s only in-depth program

focused on preparing senior women faculty to affect positive change at schools of medicine and dentistry.

“Undertaking a formal leadership program like ELAM—which is one of the best—will give me a different skill set while enhancing skills I already have.” At UMMS since 1992, DeMarco became program director for the internal medicine residency in 1995 and was named associate dean for GME in 2001.

She has been actively engaged in the national Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine, which elected her its president for 2006 to 2007.

In addition to shepherding the continued growth of GME programs at UMMS, DeMarco maintains an active clinical practice. She has developed her ambulatory rheumatology practice at a Worcester satellite of the Boston Veterans Administration Health Care System into a strong educational setting for UMMS students as well as residents and fellows.

A faculty member since 1989, Szabo has focused on the development of physicianscientists, serving as associate director of the MD/PhD program and associate dean while continuing her own research program. Appreciative of being able to grow professionally and personally while contributing to the institution over the years, Szabo said of the ELAM fellowship, “I felt I could use my experience to move not just my own work but the entire institution forward, to give back to the community which has afforded me so many opportunities.” ELAM fellowships are awarded following an in-depth application process, a key component of which is a detailed description of how the institution will tangibly support applicants’ participation from the highest level. Both here and in residence at Drexel, DeMarco and Szabo will engage in a year-long experience featuring extensive networking and mentoring opportunities. The curriculum features small group workshops that build Deborah DeMarco, MD, and Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD Linda Sagor, MD, MPH, the 2009 WDMS Community Clinician of the Year, has distinguished herself as one of the region’s leading pediatricians.

Sagor named Community Clinician of the Year camaraderie and support among participants as it focuses on the skills, perspective and knowledge required to lead and manage effectively in today’s complex academic health center environment.

The program year culminates in a forum where the fellows, along with their deans and top experts, explore a new methodology or strategy for addressing a timely issue facing leadership.

DeMarco and Szabo join fellow UMMS “Elums” Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, associate professor of family health & community health, and Julia V. Johnson, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, who served as a fellow while at the University of Vermont. As senior associate dean for educational affairs, Dr. Pugnaire is one of many ELAM participants who now hold senior posts at American academic institutions.

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