Forbes Selected as 2013-14 Elam Fellow

National Program Prepares Female Faculty for Senior Leadership

Nashville, Tenn. – (June 7, 2013) –  Digna S. Forbes, M.D., Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Medical Education at Meharry Medical College, has been selected for the 2013-14 class of Fellows at the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

ELAM, established in 1995, is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership.

The intensive fellowship encompasses executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, networking, and mentoring activities aimed at broadening perspectives, building new capacities, and encouraging professional connections. Program assignments provide opportunities for applying and exercising leadership skills in a variety of situations and settings.

"My cohort and I are embarking upon a journey that few have had the chance to undertake," Forbes said. "As I matriculate through this program, mentorship provided will allow me to make a generous impact at Meharry Medical College in my new appointment as Associate Dean for Medical Education.  I am proud to represent Meharry, and I look forward to serving our school and students for years to come."

Each Fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership.

Dr. Forbes is part of the nineteenth incoming class for ELAM®. Upon completion of the one-year Fellowship in May 2014, the fifty-four members of this class will join a community of highly accomplished leaders. More than 800 alumnae around the world serve in a variety of leadership positions including department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

About ELAM

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine. For more information on the ELAM program curriculum, faculty and participants, click here.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Click here to learn more.