ELAM Fellows become 'Elums' and handoff to incoming class

 Deborah M. DeMarco, MD
 Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD

May 12, 2010

Earlier this month, professors of medicine Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, and Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, finished their fellowship year in 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.

The graduation ceremony coincided with the announcement of the ELAM class of 2009-10, which includes Julia Andrieni, MD, professor of medicine, and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, who will become the sixth and seventh UMMS participants in this prestigious program.

At UMMS since 1992, Dr. DeMarco became program director for the internal medicine residency in 1995 and was named associate dean for the Office of Graduate Medical Education 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.

"Participating in the year-long ELAM fellowship has been a transformative experience and a wonderful gift," said DeMarco. "I am very thankful to UMass Medical School, and especially to Dean Flotte, for supporting my participation in this program and for those leaders in the institution (the school, clinical system and university) who were so generous with their time in meeting with me throughout the year. Being involved with the 54 incredibly talented women in this program was a unique experience and I learned a lot from them in addition to the actual class material. The ability to connect with this group going forward will be invaluable."

"I hope that my institutional action project, which involves strategic planning for GME, specifically around planning for GME program expansions and new programs as well as recruitment in undersubscribed specialties, will be beneficial to the institution and the community."

A faculty member since 1989, Dr. Szabo has focused on the development of physician scientists, serving as associate director of the MD/PhD program and associate dean while continuing her own research program.

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.