University of Vermont

Kirkpatrick Named a Fellow in National Leadership Program

Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

University of Vermont Associate Professor of Medicine Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., was named a member of the 2013-2014 class of Fellows to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Kirkpatrick is part of the 19th incoming class for ELAM®, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation.

Upon completion of the one-year Fellowship in May 2014, Kirkpatrick and the other 53 members of this class will join a community of highly accomplished leaders. Over 800 alumnae around the world serve in a variety of leadership positions, including as department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents, as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

“The alumnae are key to the success of ELAM’s mission,” says Diane Magrane, M.D., a former UVM College of Medicine faculty member and director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which supports the program. “I am pleased to hear how, in many of our medical, dental and public health schools, the alumnae are not only in strong leadership positions, but also are collaborating to prepare and support their school’s Fellow as she enters this intensive year of on-the-job study. In this way, the school makes the most of the investment in its faculty members’ ELAM participation.”

Each Fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership. These action projects are designed to address a strategic institutional priority. Magrane explains, “The Fellows’ projects not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete, positive changes at their institutions.”

The work for this incoming class began in May with online assignments and community-building activities that continue through the end of the program in May 2014. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Penn., on September 28, 2013.

About ELAM
ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school and a predecessor of today’s Drexel University College of Medicine. For more information on the ELAM program curriculum, faculty and participants, visit

(This article was adapted from a news release produced by Kristan Stengel at the Drexel University College of Medicine.)