Two at UMMS selected for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship

Drexel University fellowship focuses on women leaders

andrieni ELAM
Julia D. Andrieni, MD
luzuriaga ELAM
Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD

WORCESTER, Mass.—April 12, 2010—Two faculty members of the University of Massachusetts Medical School 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 effect positive change, ELAM is a core program of Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, and acceptance into the program is highly competitive.

Julia D. Andrieni, MD, associate professor and vice chair of the department of medicine and chief of the division of general internal medicine; and Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics, chief of the division of pediatric immunology, infectious diseases and rheumatology, and associate provost for Global Health, will engage in the year-long experience featuring extensive networking and mentoring opportunities.

“Clearly, the growing cadre of women at UMMS who are training for and assuming leadership roles exemplifies the expanding opportunities for women in academic medicine,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, Dean, Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor at UMMS. “We’re delighted that Drs. Andrieni and Luzuriaga will have this opportunity to expand and strengthen their leadership skills—a benefit to their own careers and to the university.”

Since joining UMMS in 2006, Andrieni has been active in numerous roles, both administrative and educational, through which she has demonstrated vision and leadership capabilities and a dedication to developing coordinated clinical care models for the optimal delivery of primary care to patients throughout the region. Passionate about primary care education, Andrieni is the associate residency program director and served on several internal task forces and leadership groups, including the Clinical Care Strategic Subcommittee and the Public Service Strategic Subcommittee, as well as the Executive Committee for the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care (CAPC), a committee jointly supported by UMMS and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Luzuriaga joined the UMMS faculty in 1990 and since then has steadily expanded her impact not only as chief of the division of pediatric immunology, infectious diseases and rheumatology, but also through her work on numerous committees and task forces charged with improving both the internal organization as well as its impact on health throughout the world. Widely recognized for her work in developing protocols to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child in developing nations, Dr. Luzuriaga is the founding director of the Office of Global Health (OGH), the centralized authority for coordinating and enhancing the medical school’s international education, research and public health efforts between the school and UMass Memorial and across the five UMass campuses.

ELAM fellowships are awarded following an in-depth application process, a key component of which is a detailed description of how the applicant’s institution will tangibly support her participation from the highest level. Held both here and in residence at Drexel, the curriculum features small group workshops that build 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 one-and-a-half-day forum where the fellows, along with their deans and top experts, explore a new methodology or strategy for addressing a timely issue facing academic health center leadership.

UMMS faculty continues to have a remarkable experience and track record with this prestigious program: Drs. Andrieni and Luzuriaga will join 2009 “Elums” Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, associate dean for clinical & translational research; and Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education; as well as Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, and Julia V. Johnson, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, who served as a fellow while at the University of Vermont. Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, who joined UMMS this month, is also an “Elum.”

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