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PAL Recognized as National Model for Leadership Development

Wednesday, June 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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Michael W. O’Dell, MD, AAP Program for Academic Leadership (PAL) Past Director was invited to present at the 2012 AAMC Leadership Forum to a group of about 100 of the top leaders in academic medicine and science. The AAMC selected Dr. O’Dell to present because they believe that PAL offers a model program for addressing the gap that exists in leadership development in academic medicine.

The AAMC Board of Directors created the "Leadership Forum” in 2008 as a part of a reorganization of AAMC oversight and governance. The Leadership Forum occurs twice every year. Each meeting is dedicated to a single relevant topic related to leadership in the academic health enterprise, for example, a past Leadership Forum held last December focused on the topic of diversity. The topic for the June 2012 Leadership Forum was "Leadership Development.” The Forum brings together the AAMC leadership team, AAMC board members, and representatives from the organization’s many groups and councils. Participation is by invitation only and is extended to about 100 of the top leaders in academic medicine and science to gather in Washington for a dinner and day long workshop.

The June 2012 Leadership Forum "Leadership Development" was focused on ways of increasing / multiplying the number of future-oriented, values-based leaders across the academic health enterprise. The Keynote was offered by Liz Wiseman, author of the acclaimed book titled "Multipliers: How the best leaders make everyone smarter." Harper Business, 2010.”

Following the keynote, a very select set of presenters were invited to offer brief presentations on leadership development programs in academic medicine that are considered to be innovative, creative approaches to developing high quality leaders who are able to "be and act" as leaders in academic medicine.

Dr. Michael W. O'Dell was one of the select presenters. He was invited because of the innovative and creative approach used in the AAP PAL program. The AAMC believes that PAL may be a national model for professional society sponsored leadership development.

"The AAMC put together an impressive slate of presentations on leadership. Many focused on leadership development at the Departmental or Institutional levels,"said Dr. O'Dell. "The description of the Association of Academic Physiatrist’s PAL Program was unique for its focus on benefiting a specialty by leadership development for early career faculty at a national level.”

Other select presenters are from Penn, Harvard, KUMC, and ICFI, a DC based consulting firm with a background in studying the Return on Investment (ROI) of leadership development.

AAMC Facts

The AAMC Mission is to serve and lead the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 137 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited

Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 48

Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 90 academic and scientific societies

Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians

Learn more about the AAP Program for Academic Leadership (PAL) by visiting the AAP website.

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