Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS Selected for ELAM Leadership Program

Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS has been selected as a fellow in the class of 2022 in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program. ELAM is tailored specifically to expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. Dr. Hamilton joins Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM and Lori Shutter, MD, FNCS, FCCM as the only other ELAM-trained faculty in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

“The fellowship will allow me to gain leadership skills in areas such as coaching, finance, and project development. I will be exposed to leaders in academic medicine, business, and finance, as well as part of an individualized learning community,” said Melinda Hamilton, who is associate professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics. “I’m thrilled and feel honored to have been chosen as an ELAM fellow.”

Dr. Hamilton’s current leadership roles at UPMC include director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship, director of Pediatric Simulation, and co-chair of the Professional Development Subcommittee of the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Committee. Her research interests are focused on pediatric simulation, communication skills for pediatric trainees, and graduate medical education for trainee and faculty development.

Established in 1995, ELAM aims to place more women in senior leadership positions at academic health centers thereby diversifying leadership and improving cultural and gender sensitivity in health care training and delivery. The intensive one-year fellowship features extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. ELAM’s graduates—known as ELUMs—number over 1,000 women, who serve in leadership positions at 257 US and Canadian academic health centers. The program is based at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.