Friday, May 15, 2009

AAHPMLead

Quick & shameless announcement:

AAHPM has announced that applications are being accepted for its AAHPMLead program:

AAHPM LEAD is an innovative 3-year leadership development program designed to promote collaboration among hospice and palliative medicine junior faculty as they prepare to assume leadership positions at academic institutions.

The program is designed to teach key leadership and organizational management skills helpful to navigating the complex world of academic institutions. The program will focus on issues such as promoting organizational change, conflict negotiation, strategic planning, mentoring and networking, leadership and personality styles, directing effective teams, and setting professional or personal goals. Professional development and leadership skills will be fostered through longitudinal-exposure networking with other junior faculty, exposure to and mentoring from senior faculty, interactive learning, and structured educational sessions.

Participants will interact closely with both junior faculty colleagues and 6 to 10 senior faculty leaders each year during biannual retreats. The first retreat will take place October 6–9, 2009. Over the next 2 years there will be a 1-day retreat each spring in conjunction with the Annual Assembly of the AAHPM and HPNA and a 3-day retreat each fall (total of five retreats over three years).
Context & Disclosure & Why I am Blogging About This: This project grew out of a relatively informal Junior Faculty Leadership Forum that met in 2008 that led, with a lot of support from some 'senior' faculty and AAHPM, to the creation of this program. I have played a minor role in organizing this, and will be participating in it. That said, I am really excited about AAHPMLead, and think it will be a great opportunity for those of us who are stumbling into leadership positions, looking around, and saying to ourselves Now what?

So apply, or let your colleagues know who might be eligible/interested. It should be fun and I look forward to meeting some of you in October.

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