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Annual Conference Fall 2001 (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 fourth annual Leadership Mentoring Conference.

The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program presents:

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

November 16, 2001

College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Medicine in particular have recognized the importance of women in academic medicine and therefore support various initiatives that address recruitment, retention, promotion, and overall job satisfaction of their women medical faculty.

Since 1997, with support from the School of Medicine, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women instituted the 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, women in academic medicine are over-represented in junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. In supporting the advancement and leadership of Penn women, the long range goal of FOCUS is the growth of gender equity in medical education and in the research and delivery of health care, while maintaining a healthy balance of personal and professional responsibilities.

This conference, entitled Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, is designed to promote the retention and advancement of women faculty as they face the challenges and realities in academic medicine at Penn. Through informative plenary sessions and interactive workshops, 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 - 9:15 The Promotion Process Begins at Appointment-- and Other Key Facts for Faculty
Victoria Mulhern, Director, Faculty Affairs
9:15 - 10:15 MORNING PLENARY
Women, Men, and Medicine: Some Issues to Consider
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00  Concurrent Workshops

Documenting for Yourself and Others 
What You Do
Sharon L. Hostler, MD

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

TIme Management for Life Management
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch/Presentation/Plenary 

Surviving and Thriving 
in Academic Medicine
Sharon L. Hostler, MD

Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, Penn's School of Medicine

2001 Mentoring Award for Excellence
Presentation of Leadership Mentoring Award

2:00 - 3:30 Concurrent Workshops 

Time Management for Life Management
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD

Making Money Work for You
Linda K. Snelling, MD

Documenting for Yourself and Others 
What You Do
Sharon L. Hostler, MD

3:30 - 4:00 Wrap Up/Feedback on Conference
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 7 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.


Lois Margaret Nora MD, JD is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration and Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Dr. Nora received her M.D. degree from Rush Medical College and JD degree from the University of Chicago. She is a neurologist with subspecialty certification in electrodiagnostic medicine, and fellowship training in clinical medical ethics. Dr. Nora was an American Council on Education Fellow at the Ohio State University.

At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dr. Nora is responsible for the undergraduate mission of the institution. Recently, she has been involved in the development of productivity guidelines linking the research, education and clinical enterprises. In 2001, she was awarded an American Association of University Women Research Scholar-in-Residence Award. Her scholarly interests include issues at the law-medicine interface, including gender issues in medical education.

Sharon L. Hostler, MD is the McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hostler is a native of Vermont who received her A.B. from Middlebury College and her M.D. from the University of Vermont. She completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Virginia and then joined the faculty. Dr. Hostler is currently Chief of Developmental Pediatrics, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Chair of the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Dr. Hostler has been nationally recognized for her work in Developmental Pediatrics as the ACCH T. Berry Brazelton Lecturer and through international exchanges with Costa Rica and Israel. Authorship of the Status of Women at the University of Virginia resulted in a major restructuring of the University of Virginia promotion and tenure guidelines and the Women in Medicine Leadership Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Hostler has been honored for her community service by Middlebury College, the University of Vermont and the University of Virginia.

In addition, Dr. Hostler has published and lectured extensively about the challenges implicit in the implementation and maintenance of family centered care in academic medical centers. She is a faculty member of the Institute of Family Centered Care Hospitals Moving Forward with Family Centered Care and consults widely with hospitals embarking upon patient centered or family centered care.

Linda K. Snelling, MD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Brown University. In addition to running a division as a successful business, she has a major administrative role within her department on the Faculty Executive Council. On an institutional level, she is a member of the Pediatric Strategic Planning Task Force and the President's Physician Advisory Group at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Snelling is also 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 is a faculty member for the AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Women Faculty-Early Career and enjoys lecturing about the effects of unconscious emotions on money and success.

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.

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