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Annual Conference Spring 2003 (Archived)

4th Annual Spring Conference for Senior Women Medical Faculty


Friday, April 11, 2003
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, 14th Floor, Seminar Room #1412

The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program, with the support of the School of Medicine, is pleased to offer the the fourth annual conference for women medical faculty at the associate and full professor ranks. Thanks to a grant from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, we're thrilled to have invited Barbara Schuster, MD MACP to facilitate this rare opportunity to pause and reflect - to explore as a group issues specific to this community of professional peers.

This year, we'll examine the theme of managing transition and change as a woman in the senior ranks of academic medicine . We've decided to hold a forum something akin to a "Senior Women's Book Club." We'd like to ask that, in advance of April 11th, you read the following VERY quick and enjoyable book (the authors of which wrote the well-known One Minute Manager) called:

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
-- by Spencer, M.D. Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

Approximately 32 copies of this text are currently available at Penn's bookstore (at discount with your faculty card). It can also be purchased on-line at It will take less than an hour to read and is a parable of sorts that Dr. Schuster will use as the context for discussion about how we as individuals choose to deal with CHANGE, a constant in the current climate of academic health institutions. As you read this text, please consider the following questions which will guide our discussion:

  1. When you think about the most significant changes you've made in your life, were they ones that you initiated or ones that were forced upon you?
  2. As you assess your current life situation and your future, are there changes that you'd like to make or that you feel you'll have to make?


8:00 - 8:45 Continental Breakfast/Introductory Session
The Maze at Penn: Status Report
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
8:45 - 9:30 Introductions
What's Stale Now
9:30 - 10:30 PLENARY
Thinking About Change
Barbara Schuster, MD, MACP
Wrestling With Change
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch/Group Reports
Pushing Off to The Right Direction


Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Wright State University School of Medicine

Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1950 and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Barbara L. Schuster graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1972 simultaneously receiving a B.A. in biology and a M.S. in Education. She continued her education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry after one year of teaching high school biology. Having completed her medical studies in 1977, she accepted a postgraduate position in the Associated Hospitals Program in Internal Medicine in Rochester, New York, one of the first residency programs dedicated to primary care internal medicine. She achieved American Board of Internal Medicine certification in September 1980.

Following her residency, Dr. Schuster remained at the University of Rochester to practice and teach primary care internal medicine. In July 1981, she accepted the newly developed position of assistant program director of the Associated Hospitals Program with responsibilities for the continuity ambulatory experiences and the non-internal medicine elective experiences. In 1982, in addition to her continuing responsibilities in the internal medicine program, she became the director of the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program.

The position in the internal medicine program (renamed the Primary Care Program) grew to associate director. In July 1993, she became director in addition to remaining the Med/Peds Program Director. In the fall of 1995, Dr. Schuster left Rochester to chair the Department of Internal Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schuster has been active in the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine holding a council position from 1987-1994. She served as APDIM's president during 1992-93. From 1991-1994, she represented APDIM at the Federated Council for Internal Medicine. Currently she is the APDIM representative to the Primacy Care Organizations Consortium and the Council of Academic Societies of the AAMC. She is Chair-elect of the Council of Academic Societies (CAS) of the AAMC as well as an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Professors of Medicine. She was recently re-elected to a second term on the American College of Physicians--American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) Board of Regents.

Dr. Schuster's contributions to internal medicine were recognized in 1996 with the distinction as Master of the American College of Physicians.

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