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Annual Conference Fall 2002 (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 fifth annual Leadership Mentoring Conference.

The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program presents:

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

November 1, 2002

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.


7:45 - 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome
FOCUS Update
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
8:30 - 9:30 Morning Plenary
Generations Differ: Implications for Academic Achievement
Carol Aschenbrener, MD
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 11:15
Concurrent Workshops <>
Preparing for Difficult Conversations

Carol Aschenbrener, MD
Power & Influence in Managing People Charles Dwyer, PhD

Leadership Issues
Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH

11:15 - 1:30 Lunch/Presentation/Plenary 

AFTERNOON PLENARY (11:30 -12:45)
Managing from the Middle
Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH

Dean's Address (12:45 -1:15)
Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, Penn's School of Medicine

2002 Mentoring Award for Excellence  

1:30 - 2:30 "Mock" COAP Session: A Look Behind the Scenes
Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD, Vicki Mulhern, and other members of COAP
2:30 - 4:00 Concurrent Workshops
Preparing for Difficult Conversations
Carol Aschenbrener, MD
Power & Influence in Managing People Charles Dwyer, PhD

Leadership Issues
Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH

4:00 - 4:30 Closing Remarks/Conference Feedback
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 8 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.


Carol Aschenbrener, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology at George Washington University Medical School, is a Washington D.C. based private consultant and executive coach with expertise in academic health centers, specifically in strategic and capital planning, general administration, curriculum development, program evaluation, organizational culture, and management of change. Her executive experience includes nine years in various Dean's Office positions at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and four years as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she was responsible for four health colleges. Dr. Aschenbrener currently serves as Chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has been a member of the faculty for the AAMC Professional Development Seminars for Women in Academic Medicine since the program's inception in 1987 and also teaches in the MCP-Hahnemann Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.

Charles Dwyer, PhD is Academic Director for the Aresty Institute's Managing People Program in the Wharton School. He is also an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has over thirty years of experience in education, corporate and organizational consulting and executive development including the design of Wharton's well-known Effective Executive Workshop. His research and training cover a wide variety of topics including: interactive planning, power and influence, motivation, interpersonal effectiveness, organizational myths and realities, organizational change, self-design, dealing with difficult people, productivity improvement, conflict resolution, problem resolution, leadership selling, creativity, team-building, group processes and personal development.

Valerie Parisi, MD MPH is the Robert A. Ross Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has served on numerous national committees and consensus panels and is a nationally recognized and widely published researcher in the field of women's health. Her expertise is in the area of reproductive biology and obstetrical complications. In addition to having been a leader in establishing the North Carolina Program for Women's Health Research, Dr. Parisi is currently one of only two physicians to serve on the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors. She has recently completed a term as Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and now serves as a Director of that Board and the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Parisi has participated on the faculty of both the AAMC and the ELAM programs for women medical faculty.

Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology in Penn's School of Medicine as well as Professor of Computer and information Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Rubin currently serves as Chair of the School of Medicine Committee on Appointments and Promotions and is also a member of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee. In addition, he is Associate Dean of Student Affairs, course director for the Wilderness Medicine elective, and faculty councilor for AOA. he is Director of the newly formed Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR) at Penn.

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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