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Annual Conference Spring 2001 (Archived)

Looking at Leadership: Issues and Perspectives

Friday, April 6, 2001
8:15 am - 4:15 pm
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, Faculty Lounge, 14th floor

FOCUS, with the support of the Dean of the School of Medicine, is pleased to be able to offer our second annual conference designed for women in the associate and full professor ranks of academic medicine at Penn. This year our theme will be Women and Leadership: Looking at Leadership: Issues and Perspectives.

Please see below the bios of our two presenters, Linda S. Austin, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina, and Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The day will include discussions about how women perceive and approach leadership as well as workshops to help identify and achieve individual leadership goals.

During this conference, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Expand concept of leadership and clarify potential leadership roles
  • Explore gender differences in approaches to and perception of leadership
  • Identify barriers and develop strategies to achieve individual leadership goals
  • Enhance professional networks among colleagues


8:15- 8:30  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30- 9:00  Welcome/ Group Introductions
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD, Faculty Director
FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program
9:00- 10:00 Morning Plenary
What's Holding You Back: Critical Choices for Women's Success

Linda S. Austin, MD
10:00- 10:30 Setting the Stage for Change
Outlining Small Group Sessions
Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA
10:30- 11:30 Break out groups
11:30- 12:15 Reconvene to large group
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00- 2:00 Afternoon Plenary
Bringing out the Leader in Women Faculty

Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA
2:00-3:00 Break out groups
3:00- 4:00 

Reconvene/Group Discussion
Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA and Linda S. Austin, MD

4:00- 4:15

Wrap Up  
Linda S. Austin, MD


Linda S. Austin, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Dean Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Linda Austin has spent twenty-five years educating both lay and professional audiences about mental health issues. A practicing psychiatrist, she is best known for her nationally syndicated public radio program, What's On Your Mind? which is broadcast by twenty five stations in fourteen states and is now in its tenth year of production. She also produces and voices a daily short segment, An Ounce of Prevention, with a similar broadcast reach; in South Carolina alone, this segment is heard by 300,000 listeners daily, and millions more nationally. She has produced films and documentaries on a variety of topics, and her film, Depression: The Storm Within, won a CINE golden Eagle Award and has been used for years for National Depression Screening Day. She has been featured as a guest expert on CNN, the McNeill Lehrer Hour, and the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Austin's book, What's Holding You Back? Eight Critical Choices for Women's Success received national media attention following its publication in April 2000, and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Austin lectures to professional groups and women's organizations across the country.

Dr. Austin is Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical and Public Education at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a frequent lecturer for the Association of American Medical Colleges and has served for ten years as a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has a private practice in psychiatry and is an active teacher and supervisor at the University.

Dr. Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Family
Practice and Community Medicine

Dr. Bowman is the first woman appointed to Chair a Clinical Department in the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and only the second woman to Chair any Department. Her board-certifications are in family practice and preventive medicine.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Practice (treasurer), and has held other leadership positions, such as President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. She has been involved widely with medical organizations, such as state medical societies, the AMA, and the AAMC. For the last 8 years, she has been editor of the Archives of Family Medicine, published by the AMA. She is also editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Family Practice. Her book Stress and Women Physicians sold widely throughout the United States and overseas in the first two editions. The third edition, which has been retitled to Women Physicians: Life and Career Management, comes out later this year. This edition will include much of the data from the Women Physicians' Health Study. She is the recent recipient of the Thomas Johnson Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. During the upcoming Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meeting, she will be given the F. Marian Bishop Award.

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