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GW: Department Chair Calls for Female Leadership in Academia as Part of Prestigious Fellowship

Dr. Melissa Perry, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), recently published a blog post that called on the importance of training women for executive leadership roles in academia.

The blog, published in January by Drexel University, is part of Dr. Perry’s participation in the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship. The ELAM program, based at Drexel University College of Medicine, is the only one in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program helps women develop professional and personal leadership skills, with a special focus on the challenges that face women in leadership positions.

In her post, Dr. Perry discusses how one-third of women are in leadership positions at schools of public health nationwide, a fact she calls “remarkable, as 70 percent of students currently enrolled in schools of public health are women and 50 percent of public health school faculty are women.” Dr. Perry writes that the imbalance of gender representation in public health need to be addressed so that women “lead these complex organizations and set the course for all they have to offer the future of health and medicine.”

Dr. Perry is among 59 women chosen for the 25th class of fellows to participate in the ELAM program. The program includes extensive online and remote coursework as well as three weeklong visits to Drexel University.

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