Melinda Hamilton Graduates from ELAM Leadership Program

Professor Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS graduated in the class of 2022 from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program. Dr. Hamilton joins Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM and Lori Shutter, MD, FNCS, FCCM as the only other ELAM-trained faculty member in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. The ELAM program is tailored specifically to expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. Her graduation was the culminating event of the year-long ELAM program with the last week being held in Wilimington, Del. on April 23-28, 2022.

“I am proud to welcome Mindy Hamilton to the ELUM network of incredibly talented and engaged women leaders in academic medicine,” said Lori Shutter, MD, who is vice chair for Education in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and a 2015 ‘ELUM’ of the ELAM program. “Mindy is bringing fresh ideas to our multidisciplinary training program and is an amazing role model for our female trainees who aspire to leadership roles.

Dr. Hamilton’s ELAM project is entitled Foundations Of Clinician EdUcator Success (FOCUS). This 12-month curriculum for early-career clinician educators will encompass strategies for career success, including creation of a mission/vision/values, promotion planning, scholarship success, and creating an inclusive learning environment. The curriculum will provide a foundation with which to build a successful career measured by productivity, advancement, and personal satisfaction.

At UPMC, Dr. Hamilton holds numerous leadership roles including pediatric division chief of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program, director of Pediatric Simulation, and co-chair of the Professional Development Subcommittee of the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Committee. She is also the medical staff president-elect of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; her two-year term begins in 2023. Dr. Hamilton’s research interests are focused on pediatric simulation, communication skills for pediatric trainees, and graduate medical education for trainee and faculty development.

“I’m delighted that Mindy has graduated from the ELAM program—it opens so many doors and stimulates so many ideas for one’s future. As we talked about her next steps it was exciting to hear about new ideas she has for herself, the department, and the larger GME community. Congratulations, Mindy!” said Ann Thompson, MD, a 2001 ELUM, who is vice dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

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.