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Annual Conference Fall 2000 (Archived)

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, with support from the School of Medicine, cordially invites you to attend our third annual Leadership Mentoring Conference.

The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program presents:

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

October 13, 2000

SugarLoaf Conference Center
Germantown Avenue & Bells Mill Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leaders at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Medicine in particular have recognized the importance of women in academic medicine and have begun to develop initiatives to address recruitment, retention, promotion, and overall job satisfaction of their women medical faculty. One of these initiatives is the FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program for Women in Academic Medicine. This program was established to address the well-documented national issue that, relative to their male colleagues in academic medicine, women are over-represented in junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. By promoting and retaining more women in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the long-range goal of the FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program is the growth of gender equity in academic medicine while maintaining the healthy balance of work and family.

This conference is designed to promote the retention and advancement of women medical faculty as they face the challenges and realities of academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Through didactic sessions and interactive workshops, Penn women faculty will have opportunities for skill building and networking designed to support their career progression at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends, challenges and realities of academic medicine.
  • Employ crucial leadership and negotiation skills to efficiently and successfully navigate the dynamic environment of academic medicine.
  • Clarify personal and professional development goals and agendas.
  • Establish mentoring relationships that foster support, growth and professional success.


8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome
FOCUS Update
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
8:45 - 9:45 Morning Plenary 
Synergy and Empowerment: Taking Control of Your Career
Wendy J. Wolf, MD, MPH
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:45  Concurrent Workshops 

What Does Money Have to Do with Personal and Career Success?
Linda K. Snelling, MD 

The A to Z's of Your Faculty Appointment: Promotions, Leaves, Extensions and More
Victoria Mulhern

Self-Promotion and Presentation: Strategies for Advancement
Wendy J. Wolf, MD, MPH

11:45 - 1:45 Lunchtime Plenary 

Introduction/Penn Benchmarks
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

Women in Academic Medicine: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
Janet Bickel, MA

1:45 - 3:30 Concurrent Workshops 

What Does Money Have to Do with Personal and Career Success?
Linda K. Snelling, MD

The A to Z's of Your Faculty Appointment: Promotions, Leaves, Extensions and More
Victoria Mulhern

Making Networking and Mentoring Work for You
Janet Bickel, MA

3:30 - 4:15 Presentation of Leadership Mentoring Award
2000 Mentoring Award for Excellence
Closing Remarks
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD


The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 6.5 hours in Category 1 credit towards the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Janet Bickel, MA, Associate Vice President for Institutional Planning & Development and Director of Women's Programs, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has worked at the forefront of medical education for over 25 years, most recently concentrating on issues of women's professional development and faculty leadership development. She has spoken at over 65 academic medical centers and authored publications on a broad spectrum of areas, including students' ethical development, career advancement, and mentoring, and a book "Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing and Advancing" (Sage Pub, 2000). Under her direction, a series of AAMC professional development seminars for prospective women leaders in academic medicine has been offered since 1988. She is also currently Project Director of an RWJ-supported study of clinical department chairs' leadership challenges. Prior to directing the AAMC's Women in Medicine program, Ms. Bickel staffed the AAMC's Organization of Student Representatives and Group on Student Affairs. She began her involvement with medical education at Brown University, where from 1972 to 1976 she served as admissions, financial aid and student affairs officer for the new medical school. For eight years she served as faculty for George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Issues in Health Care course and for two years on Georgetown University Medical Center's Bioethics Problem-Solving course. She earned a master's degree in sociology while at Brown University after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an AB in English and secondary teaching certification.

Victoria Mulhern is the Director of Faculty Affairs and Administrative Director for the Office of Postdoctoral Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She has served in this capacity since 1996. Prior to her current position, Ms. Mulhern was Director of Human Resources at the Wistar Institute. She also has extensive experience in human resources having served in the Benefits Office for the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Medicine. Ms. Mulhern's vast experience brings a wealth of valuable resources and information to this conference.

Linda K. Snelling, MD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Brown University. As Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit she has a major administrative role within the department of pediatrics and the Hasbro Children's Hospital, and is a longstanding member of the Faculty Executive Council and the Pediatric Strategic Planning Task Force at Rhode Island Hospital. She is a former student and current affiliate of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and is on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Association for Applied and Modern Psychoanalysis. Her research interests focus on the effects of unconscious emotions on objective medical decision making. Dr. Snelling recently became a faculty member for the AAMC Professional Development Seminar forJunior Women Faculty.

Wendy J. Wolf, MD, MPH works for the Department of Health and Human Services as a Senior Advisor to the Administrators for both the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Medicine, she completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Wolf joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1982 and she remained there until 1993, when she joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Wolf's academic career has always focused on blending patient care with clinical, educational and basic science research. Her research has been funded by the Texas Affiliate of the American Health Association for both educational projects and basic science research on neonatal cardiac metabolism, and she was the principal investigator for a five year National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Preventive Cardiology Academic Award. Dr. Wolf has also enjoyed being an educator and mentor, and she has been the recipient of numerous academic teaching awards. In 1998, Dr. Wolf obtained a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Care Policy and Management during a sabbatical year at the Harvard School of Public Health. As a direct result of her policy work at Harvard, Dr. Wolf was recruited by the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a Senior Advisor. In this capacity, she defines, shapes, and evaluates the policy and operational developments of the systems of health care offered under the new $24 billion federal "State Children's Health Insurance Program" (SCHIP). On the basis of her outstanding work with the SCHIP program, Dr. Wolf received Secretary Shalala's Award for Distinguished Service in May 2000. Her current research interests include assessing the quality of care offered through publicly funded child health care programs.

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