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Annual Conference Fall 2004 (Archived)

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

Friday, October 15, 2004
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
(on 22nd St. between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recognizes the importance of women in academic medicine and supports various initiatives that address recruitment, retention, promotion, and overall job satisfaction of their women medical faculty. In 1997, with the Dean's support, FOCUS expanded its original mission to encompass advocacy for women in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program for Women in Academic Medicine was established to address the well-documented national issue that, relative to their male colleagues, women medical faculty are over-represented in junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. The overall program, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, maintains a two-part mission: to support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine, and to promote education and research in women's health, both in the academic health center and in the community. The long range goal is the growth of gender equity in medical education and in the research and delivery of health care at Penn.

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 of academic medicine at Penn. Through plenary sessions and interactive workshops, faculty will have opportunities for skill building and networking designed to support their career progression.

Upon completion of this conference, 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.
  • Demystify the promotion process at Penn by examining the process by which faculty can successfully prepare for and achieve promotion.


7:45 - 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome/ FOCUS Update

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Director, FOCUS

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
Executive Vice President for the Health System
Dean of the School of Medicine
8:30 -  9:30 Plenary/Group Discussion

Women in Academic Medicine: An Overview of Compensation, Advancement, and Outcomes of  Reduced Work Hours

Phyllis Carr, MD

Description: Women in academic medicine have not advanced nor been compensated commensurate with male colleagues of similar credentials and productivity.  In addition, the number of women working part-time in medicine has increased in recent years, yet little is known about the outcome of such work patterns, including satisfaction and the likelihood of retention of these physicians in the workforce compared to their fulltime counterparts.  This session will include a review of the data and possible future action to address these two issues.
9:30 -  9:45 Break
9:45 - 11:45 Plenary/ Interactive Group Discussion
The Shadow Negotiation: Bargaining to Create Conditions for Success

Deborah M. Kolb, PhD

Description: Negotiation is a critical skill for everybody.  Although the negotiations over salary and budgets are the most obvious, it is actually the terms and conditions of work that are most critical to success.  To be successful in these negotiations requires that one  understand the elements of creative problem solving and what constitutes mutual gains deals.  The seminar will introduce the principles of mutual gains negotiations.  However, more goes on in a negotiation than the debate over terms of the agreement!  As we bargain over issues, a parallel discussion – or shadow negotiation – is taking place simultaneously.  The shadow negotiation is where parties tacitly negotiate over how they will negotiate and it is the place where hidden agendas are most likely to surface.  To manage successfully in these shadow negotiations requires two different sets of skills: advocacy and connection.  Working from concrete case examples, Deborah Kolb will
demonstrate how negotiator can get better at managing the challenges in the shadow negotiation.  Participants will leave the seminar with practical skills for managing the shadow negotiation in ways that promote creative dealmaking. These ideas are based on their best selling book, The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas That Determine Bargaining Success. (co-authored with Judith Williams).
11:45 - 12:45 Networking Lunch

New Award Presentation

2004 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine
12:45 - 1:45 COAP Members' Panel Discussion Navigating Your Way 
to Promotion at Penn

Reed E. Pyeritz, MD, PhD
Chair  of the School of Medicine's
Committee on Appointments &  Promotions

Victoria Mulhern
Director of Faculty Affairs

(Panel will included additional COAP members)
1:45 - 3:45 Moderated Panel Discussion

An Insider's View: The Personal/Professional Development of Four Senior Women in Academic Medicine

Fran Sussner Rogers

Senior Women Panelists
Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA
Phyllis Carr, MD
Raquel Gur, MD, PhD
Parvi Ramchandani, MD

Description: This interactive session will explore the career paths of four highly accomplished 'senior' women in academic medicine.  Panelists will openly discuss the highs and lows in managing career and personal life and will speak to what really mattered in their success. Conference participants will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks/Feedback

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Director, FOCUS

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 educational activity for a maximum of 6.75 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Phyllis L. Carr, MD is Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She was formerly the Director of the Women's Health Elective at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is also an editor of a multidisciplinary text on women's health for primary care providers, The Medical Care of Women, W.B. Saunders, published in 1995 and In a Page: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, Blackwell published in 2003. She has been active in curriculum development in this area, participating in a multi-institutional panel for the Society of General Internal Medicine "Women's Health Curriculum: The Nitty-Gritty of Implementation" (May, 1996). She was Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Harvard Medical School, and as part of this, added Women's Health as the 10th Curricular undergraduate theme, and created a web-based case syllabus for residency education for the Harvard Teaching Hospitals. Dr. Carr was the curriculum coordinator for the Primary Care Training Program at Boston City Hospital from 1986 to 1989, and served on the planning committee for a new longitudinal primary care clerkship with Drs. Robert Fletcher and Thomas Inui in 1996. She was a tutor for the clerkship from it's initiation in 1997 until 2001.

Dr. Carr has a long-standing interest in Women in Academic Medicine, with publications in this area in JAMA, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of Women's Health and Gender-based Medicine, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Clinical Journal of Women's Health. She is a frequent reviewer of articles on women in academic medicine for JAMA, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and has made presentations at the Massachusetts Medical Society (Breaking Through the Barriers: Addressing Discrimination Issues in Medicine), the Harvard Alumnae Association (Gender Differences in Rewards), the Association of American Medical Colleges (Studying and Addressing Gender Differences in Academic Advancement) and at the 50th Anniversary of Women at Harvard Medical School Celebration (Reengineering the Environment: What Institutions Can Do To Help Make Academic Careers Accessible). Dr. Carr was the principal investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant completed in 1995 on the Advancement of Women, Minorities and Generalists in Academic Medicine, and was selected by Dr. Matina Horner to Co-Chair a Task Force on the Advancement and Support of Women in Academic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She completed a qualitative study funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation on mentoring, negotiation and discrimination in academic medicine, and a monograph for academic medical faculty for the Kellogg Foundation. Ongoing research includes a study of gender differences in the rewards of academic medicine, issues of gender and power for advancement for women in medicine, and a cost effectiveness study of diagnosing vaginitis.

DEBORAH KOLB, PhD Deborah M. Kolb, PhD is Professor of Management at Simmons School of Management and at the Center for Gender in Organizations there. From 1991-1994, Kolb was Executive Director of Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Program where she co-directs The Negotiations in the Workplace Project.

Professor Kolb is an authority on the challenges of everyday negotiation in the workplace. By looking at negotiations through a gender lens, Kolb and her colleagues, reveal the hidden dimensions of negotiations that are critical to success. Her book (with Judith Williams), Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas of Bargaining (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2003), shows women (and men) how they can become more effective in their everyday negotiations by attending to the dual requirements of the shadow negotiation - advocacy for oneself and connection with others. Originally titled, The Shadow Negotiation, Harvard Business Review named it one of the ten best business books of 2000 and it received the best book award from the International Association of Conflict Management at its meetings in Paris, 2001. Her new book (with Judith Williams and Carol Frohlinger), Her Place at the Table: A Women's Guide to Negotiating the Five Challenges of Leadership Success is due out in September, 2004.

Kolb's teaching and professional practice focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in the leadership of organizations. She has published over 75 papers on the subject and regularly presents her work to national and international audiences. Among other firms, Professor Kolb has recently served as a consultant to: Allmerica; BBN Technologies; Pricewaterhouse/Coopers; Deloitte and Touche; Fidelity Investments; Ford Motor Company; JP Morgan-Chase, Owens-Corning; Putnam Investments; Siemens, and Verizon. Non profit organizations have included The Ford Foundation, Girl Scouts, USA, The Society for Human Resource Management, New England Human Resource Association, Financial Executives International, Women in Technology International, among many others. . Dr. Kolb is a principal in The Shadow Negotiation, LLC., an e-learning company that provides negotiation training specially designed for women. (

Professor Kolb is the author of The Mediators (MIT Press, 1983), an in-depth study of labor mediation and co-editor of Hidden Conflict In Organizations: Uncovering Behind-The-Scenes Disputes (Sage, 1992), a collection of field studies about how conflicts are handled in a variety of business and not-for-profit organizations. She has published a study of the practice of successful mediators, Making Talk Work: Profiles of Mediators (Jossey-Bass, 1994). Kolb is also the editor of Negotiation Eclectics: Essays in Memory of Jeffrey Z. Rubin (Program on Negotiation, 1999). She has authored over 50 articles on the subjects of negotiation, conflict in organizations, and mediation. Kolb is on the editorial boards of the Negotiation Journal, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Deborah Kolb received her Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where her dissertation won the Zannetos Prize for outstanding doctoral scholarship. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Fran Sussner Rodgers is the Chair of WFD, Inc. She founded WFD (formerly Work/Family Directions) in 1983 for the purpose of assisting corporations in igniting and sustaining employee commitment to business results. WFD was a pioneer in developing a new generation of employee benefits and services especially addressing the needs of women. Its LifeWorks Program which generated over 60 million dollars in revenue and was available to over 3 million employees was sold to Ceridien Corporation in 1999. At the time of the sale, WFD was one of the largest female owed businesses in the country.

WFD now advises dozens of Fortune 100 companies on talent strategies especially in the area of adjusting to demographic and generational changes and in managing the use of time. Ms. Rodgers continues to focus her own work in the area of women's advancement and changing market behavior.

Ms. Rodgers is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and Tufts University/MGH professional training program in Clinical Psychology. From 1997-2004 she was a member of the Board of Directors of BankBoston and Fleet Boston Financial where she served on Audit, Risk and Community Investment Committees. She is also a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she also chaired the Strategic Plan for Women's Health. She is a Trustee of Barnard College and a member of its Executive Committee. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and a Board member of the College of Citizenship at Tufts University and the Women's Union.

Ms. Rodgers is widely recognized as a leader in addressing the simultaneous labor force and business changes. She presented to the President at the White House Conference On Corporate Citizenship in 1996. In 1994, she was a national winner of the Ernst and Young/Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur of the Year contest. In 1996, she was named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the US by Working Mother Magazine. She has received many honors from organizations such as the YWCA, International Womens Forum, the American Society on Aging and the New England Council. In 2000 she received the Columbus Award for Discovery from the Commonwealth of Ma. In 2002 she received The Alumna of Achievement award for Barnard College.

She is married to Charles S. Rodgers, is the mother of two daughters, ages 26 and 22.

As the first graduate of the Harvard Medical Scientist Training Program, Reed Pyeritz earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry in addition to his M.D. in 1975. His internship and assistant residency in medicine were at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and his senior residency was at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the faculty at Hopkins and rose to Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Clinical Director of the Center for Medical Genetics. In 2001, he became chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Medicine and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical genetics, and is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Society. Pyeritz is the co-editor of the standard textbook in the field, Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, the 5th edition of which is currently being written. He has served as the chair of the program committee for the American Society of Human Genetics. In 1991, he was one of the founders of the American College of Medical Genetics and became its 2nd president. He also served as president of the Association of Professors of Human or Medical Genetics. He founded the National Marfan Foundation and continues to serve on its Professional Advisory Board. His research focuses on Mendelian disorders of the cardiovascular system, especially those involving defects of connective tissue. He has long focused on the Marfan syndrome, a disease in which the aorta gradually enlarges and dissects, leading to early demise if untreated. During the 20 years he has been studying this condition, life expectancy has increased from the 4th to the 7th decade. He has published over 300 scientific articles, reviews and chapters in textbooks. He has been the principal investigator of numerous research grants from federal, state and private agencies.

Victoria Mulhern is the Executive Director of Faculty Affairs and Administrative Director for the Office of Biomedical 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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