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8th Annual Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference
2005 (Archived)

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

(A CME-certified conference)

Date: Friday, October 21, 2005
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: The Hilton Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 for women medical faculty. In 1997, with support from the School of Medicine, FOCUS expanded its original mission in order to address the well-documented national issue that, relative to their male colleagues, women medical faculty are over-represented in the junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. The overall program, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, maintains a dual mission: to support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine, and to promote education and research in women's health.

This conference, 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 the 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.


7:30 - 8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

One-on-one CV Review Sessions with Senior Faculty Members
(optional and pre-registration required)

A one-on-one mentoring session for assistant professors paired with senior women colleagues for an in-depth review of your CV and career plans. The idea is that a senior woman from your own institution (but not from your department) reviews your CV to discuss with you your strengths and weaknesses and how both might be addressed to optimize your success in meeting your goals.
8:00 - 8:30 Welcome
Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

FOCUS Update
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
8:30 -  9:45

Morning Plenary

Chipping Away at Persistent Gender Inequities: Tempered Radicalism as an Approach to Change

Debra Meyerson, PhD

Meyerson will draw from her research on "tempered radicalism" to describe a spectrum of pragmatic strategies individuals use to advance change to improve working conditions for women and under-represented minorities. Meyerson will also discuss research on the sources of persistent gender inequities in professional organizations.

9:45 -  10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30


Advice from a Few Mistakes I’ve Made
& Some Things I’ve Done Right

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Share the perspective of one woman in academic medicine

Building on Small Wins to Effect Change in Your Institutions
Debra Meyerson, PhD

The aim of the workshop will be to discuss further and put into practice the incremental change strategies introduced in the morning plenary. Participants will design their own “do-able” wins and develop strategies for scaling-up their local change efforts.

Taking Control of Your Finances
David Jamison., CFP (R)

Discussion about comprehensive financial planning - things that need to be in place today as well as things to start thinking about now. A good thirty minutes will be dedicated to the science of finance and building a portfolio. In addition -- the importance of Net Worth and how to increase it - Developing a spending plan- Making debt your friend - Risk Management - protecting what you have - and estate planning basics.

11:30 - 12:15 Lunch

One-on-one CV Review Sessions with Senior Faculty Members
(optional and pre-registration required; see description above)

12:15 - 1:30

Afternoon Plenary

Women in Academic Medicine:
Institutional Transformation Required

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Discuss the complex problems of the inability of women to advance to leadership positions; review some of the relevant research in social sciences that sheds light on just how intractable a problem this is; and discuss how institutional transformation will be required to increase the diversity of academic health sciences.

1:30 - 3:00 CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (see descriptions above)

Advice from a Few Mistakes I’ve Made
& Some Things I’ve Done Right

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Building on Small Wins to Effect Change in Your Institutions
Debra Meyerson, PhD

Taking Control of Your Finances
David Jamison, CFP (R)
3:00 - 4:15

Presentation of Annual Award, 2005
FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine

Concluding Plenary

Evolving to a Leadership Position at Penn: Personal Reflections

Deborah Driscoll, MD
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology

4:15 - 4:30 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 educational activity for a maximum of 7 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.


Molly Carnes, MD, MS
Professor, Depts. of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial & Systems Engineering
Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Co-director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) University of Wisconsin - Madison
Director, Women Veterans Clinic, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

Dr. Molly Carnes did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and received her M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She trained in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin where she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Population Health. At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Carnes is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial and Systems Engineering; she directs three federally-funded training programs all aimed at developing a diverse cadre of academic leaders in women's health. She is also co-director of an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award from the National Science Foundation which focuses on the development and evaluation of strategies to increase participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering. Dr. Carnes is the PI on a newly awarded $14M NIH Grant - Training and Education to Advance Multidisciplinary Clinical Research (TEAM) Program.

Dr. Carnes is committed to transforming the academic culture to be more welcoming of women and supportive of their career advancement. She is using women's health research as a venue to accomplish this and similarly a theme of research on health differences and disparities among women to increase the diversity of women entering academic careers. In 1999, Dr. Carnes received the distinct honor of becoming the first Jean Manchester Biddick Professor of Women's Health Research. She is the recipient of 2001 Addis Costello Internist of the Year Award by the American College of Physicians American Society of Internal Medicine - Wisconsin Chapter, the 2002 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the 2003 University of Wisconsin Doris Slesinger Women Faculty Mentor Award, the 2004 Dane County Athena Award, the 2004 Cabinet 99 Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the AAMC 2004 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award.

Dr. Carnes states, "There was a time when women's voices were not heard. Now is an exciting time -we have reached a critical mass of women in leadership positions, so that if we work together, not only will we be heard, but we will create a symphony of positive, healthy changes throughout the world."

Debra E. Meyerson, PhD
Associate Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior
Schools of Education and (by courtesy) Graduate School of Business
Stanford University

Debra Meyerson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior within Stanford University's Schools of Education and (by courtesy) Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on tactics of change to advance social responsibility and equity within work organizations. She also conducts research on the cultural reproduction of gender and race inequities in organizations and more recently has examined the ways in which men and women construct boundaries between work and non-work spheres of life through their use of communication technologies.

Meyerson currently teaches courses on organizational change, cultural diversity, and the leadership of social change and has given workshops on her research to organizations in the profit, not-for-profit, and public sectors throughout the world. She is author of the book, Tempered Radicals: How Everyday Leaders Inspire Change at Work (2001) and over forty articles and chapters in academic and mainstream publications. Debra's work has been featured in national media including The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Business Week, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and others. She has been repeatedly named by the San Francisco Business Journal as one of the Bay Area's most influential women in business and was recently honored by the National Organization for Women as "Educator of the Year."

Meyerson received her B.S. and M.S. from M.I.T. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at Penn. Dr. Driscoll is internationally recognized for her research on DiGeorge and velocardiofacial syndrome, the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and congenital heart defects. She is involved in several professional societies including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Medical Genetics. She is a highly regarded clinician specializing in prenatal genetic diagnosis, genetic screening and adolescent and pediatric gynecology. At Penn she is recognized as an outstanding teacher and has been the recipient of several teaching awards. She was the course director for the Clinical Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served as co-director of the Reproduction module. Dr. Driscoll also serves on numerous committees in the School of Medicine and the Health System.

David Jamison, CFP (R)

David Jamison is a financial planner with Vanguard's Institutional Financial Planning Services group with over 10 years of financial services experience. His primary responsibility is to develop and deliver financial education workshops to employees of Vanguard's 401 (k) and 403(b)(7) clients. Prior to joining Vanguard's financial education group, he founded and managed a multi-disciplined, registered investment advisory firm serving individuals, pension and profit sharing plans, fiduciaries, and corporations. In this capacity, he worked as a key member of financial planning teams in collaboration with clients, attorneys and CPAs. He also selected and monitored the performance of third-party portfolio management services offered by other investment advisors. David received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has completed extensive graduate work in the field of Taxation at Florida International University. He is a NASD licensed Series 6 and 63 representative Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and a member of the Financial Planning Association.

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