September 7, 2007

Barkin selected for exclusive leadership training program

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Shari Barkin, M.D.

Barkin selected for exclusive leadership training program

Shari Barkin, M.D., chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been selected for an exclusive training program to groom women in medicine for high-ranking roles in academic leadership.

Barkin is one of 47 physicians and only one of 10 pediatricians nationwide selected for this year's class of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

ELAM fellows spend a year learning elements of leadership that are traditionally part of an MBA program with an orientation toward the health care business environment. They also develop and implement an institutional program tailored to enhance the mission of their institutions.

The program has a strong track record of helping to boost the number of women in top academic roles in medicine. Twenty percent of its nearly 500 graduates currently serve in high level leadership positions, from associate dean through university president.

“I was very fortunate to be chosen to participate in the ELAM program,” Barkin said. “I understand the competition was quite rigorous this year and I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to be involved.

“I am grateful for the support of Dean (Steven) Gabbe and Dr. Brent Polk, the interim chair of Pediatrics.”

ELAM is the only national program dedicated to increasing the leadership of women in academic health centers by preparing women who currently hold senior faculty roles. The training takes place in a one-year fellowship program run by Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.