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Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference, 2013
(16th Annual )

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine
(This conference is made possible through the generous funding of the Dean of the School of Medicine and a grant from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women)

Date: October 25, 2013 (Friday)
8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
Perelman Quadrangle, 3417 Spruce Street

*Registration Fee: $20
Payment (cash or check* only please) at the event.

* Please make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and indicate in memo portion "2013 FOCUS Fall 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 for women medical faculty. In 1997, with support from the School of Medicine, FOCUS expanded its original mission in order to address the national data that show 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 opportunities and challenges of careers in medicine and biomedical research at Penn. Through plenary sessions and interactive workshops, faculty will have opportunities for skill building, mentoring and networking designed to support their career progression.

Upon completion of this year's conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities in academic medicine
  • Understand the peer review process and how to maximize efficiency and success in getting published in a peer review journal
  • Explore the dynamics of medical school and department economics and their impact on academic medicine policies, procedures, career progression and leadership
  • Learn to recognize and identify the “Imposter Syndrome” and gain tips and strategies to interrupt and overcome this common obstacle for women in academic medicine
  • Establish networking relationships that foster support, growth and professional success

AUDIENCE:This event is open to all women Penn women in academic medicine in any rank, track, department or division. This includes faculty, instructors, lecturers, fellows and residents; MDs & PhDs; all are welcome and encouraged to attend.


8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome
Stephanie Abbuhl, Executive Director, FOCUS Program
8:40 – 10:25

So -- You Want to be an Author, Editor or Reviewer?
Catherine D. DeAngelis

A peek behind the scenes of a major peer review medical journal. Enjoy this opportunity to learn essential tips from the first woman editor of JAMA, including:

  • What’s an impact factor; how is it calculated and why it matters
  • The ABCs of preparing a manuscript and the XYZs of getting it published
  • How to get invited as a reviewer
Other issues including some aspects of conflicts of interest can be covered in the discussion period to follow the presentation. Come prepared with any of your questions or send them to us in advance. We will also hear a bit about Dr. DeAngelis’ route to this key leadership role at JAMA.
10:25 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 12:40

Leadership and Management Challenges in Funding the Academic Mission
Lilly Marks

An exploration of the financing of academic medicine and how it impacts policy, leadership, career progression and organizational change.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the dynamics of medical school and department economics.
  • Define the various revenue sources and their relationship to financial and operation leverage.
  • Understand how funding realities intersect with school of medicine policies.
  • Identify common problems and issues that get leaders and faculty into trouble.
  • Identify personal and professional characteristics that lead to organizational and personal success, and career progression.
12:40 – 1:30


Eve J. Higginbotham
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Perelman School of Medicine

Award Presentation
2013 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine
Stephanie Abbuhl

1:30 – 3:30

How to Feel As Bright and Capable As Everyone Thinks You Are:
Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How You Can Thrive In Spite of It

Valerie Young

Do you secretly worry that others will find out you’re not as intelligent and competent as they seem to think you are? Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as a “fluke” or “no big deal”? Do you think, “If I can do it, anyone can”? Do you sometimes shy away from taking on even greater challenges because of nagging self-doubt? Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, taking it as evidence of your ineptness? If so, join the club.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Why the impostor syndrome is not “just low self-esteem”
  • Creative ways “impostors” discount or minimize their success
  • Seven perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds
  • How your personal Competence Type may be setting you (or your employees) up to fall short
  • Procrastination, perfectionism and other unconscious coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out
  • The cost of the impostor syndrome on organizations
  • Why women are both more susceptible to and held back by impostor feelings
  • Practical steps to help yourself, your employees, or high achieving children to interrupt the impostor syndrome and end needless self-doubt

You’ll walk away with practical strategies for interrupting the Impostor Syndrome that you can start using immediately. By applying these simple but powerful techniques you'll finally be able to begin to see yourself as the bright, competent person you really are.

Note: Following this session signed copies of Dr. Young’s book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, will be available on site for purchasing.

3:30 – 3:45 Wrap Up/Feedback on Conference
Stephanie Abbuhl


A grant to FOCUS from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women has been dedicated toward our guest speaker honoraria and expense.


Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH
University Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita
Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Editor in Chief Emerita, JAMA

Cathy DeAngelis Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis is University Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Professor Emerita at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine (Pediatrics) and  School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management),  and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association (2000-2011), serving as the first woman Editor in Chief.  She received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, her M.P.H. from the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health (Health Services Administration), and her pediatric specialty training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has received numerous awards for humanitarianism and medical excellence, including the Ronald McDonald Award for Medical Excellence ($100,000 donation made to the Johns Hopkins Child Life Program), the Catcher in the Rye Award for Humanitarianism by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a lifetime achievement award by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). From 1990-2000 she was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and from 1994-2000 she was editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and also has been a member of numerous journal editorial boards. She has authored or edited 12 books on Pediatrics, Medical Education and Patient Care and Professionalism and has published over 250 peer reviewed articles, chapters, and editorials. Most of her recent publications have focused on professionalism and integrity in medicine, on conflict of interest in medicine, on women in medicine, and on medical education.  Her major efforts have centered on human rights especially as they relate to patients, health professionals and the poor. Dr. DeAngelis is a former council member and current member of the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine (IOM); a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies including past chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics and Chair of the Pediatric Accreditation Council for Residency Review Committee of the American Council on Graduate Medical Education. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is a member of the Board of Physicians for Human Rights and serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh.

Lilly Marks
Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor
Anschutz Medical Campus

Lilly MarksLilly Marks serves as Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of Colorado and Executive Vice Chancellor in charge of the Anschutz Medical Campus which is comprised of the University’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing and Graduate School and the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Prior to assuming this University position, Ms. Marks spent two decades in the concurrent positions of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and as Executive Director of University Physicians, Inc., a 501(c) (3) that operates as the centralized faculty practice plan.  Ms. Marks is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Hospital and a member of the University of Colorado Health System Board, a member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and is a trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation.  She serves as a member of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Advisory Panel on Health Care and the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research.  Ms. Marks is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).  January 2013 Ms. Marks was appointed to a 3 year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch Board of Directors.  In 2008-2009, Ms. Marks served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Healthcare Reform to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  She is past chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Practice; Chair of the Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC), and has served on the steering committees of the University Health Systems Consortium Group Practice Council, and the AAMC Group on Business Affairs.  She has also served as chair of the Academic Practice Assembly of the Medical Group Management Association and as a member of the MGMA national Board of Directors. The Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award was awarded to Ms. Marks in August 2012.  Ms. Marks is a frequent national speaker on topics related to medical school economics, health care and clinical practice management, and leadership issues in academic medicine.

Valerie Young, EdD
Speaker, Author, Expert on the Imposter Syndrome

Valerie YoungValerie Young, Ed.D. is an internationally known speaker, author, and leading expert on the Imposter Syndrome. A former Fortune 200 marketing manager, her speaking engagements have reached more than 60,000 people around the world, and her client list includes such diverse organizations as Intel, Chrysler, Boeing, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Ernst & Young, McDonalds European division, American Women in Radio and Television, and Society of Women Engineers. Dr. Young has also addressed faculty, administrators, and students at over 60 major colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, NYU Medical School, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, UCSF, Cal Tech, Duke, Princeton, and many more. Her award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Random House, 2011), is currently being reprinted in five languages including Russian. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a can’t-miss primer for businesswomen everywhere.” Valerie’s career-related tips have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, More, Woman’s Day, Redbook, Psychology Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, and the UK edition of Glamour, among others. She is also a guest blogger at Huffington Post. In addition to her work at, Valerie is also the founder and Dreamer in Residence at, where her newsletter teaching people how to make a living doing what they love is read by over 26,000 people worldwide.