The ACLGIM LEAD Program: a Leadership Program for Junior-Mid-Career Faculty

April S. Fitzgerald, Michele Fang, Rita S. Lee, Jillian Gann, Deborah L. Burnet

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Background: Junior to mid-career medical faculty often move into administrative and leadership roles without formal leadership training. Many national leadership training programs target senior rather than junior faculty. Aim: To address the leadership development needs of junior and mid-career faculty. Setting: Sessions at annual meetings combined with online learning, independent work, and leadership coaching. Participants: 79 junior-mid-career general internal medicine (GIM) faculty enrolled in five consecutive annual cohorts from 2014 to 2018. Program Description: LEAD scholars participate in a full-day anchor session followed by selected workshops during the annual meeting. They then participate in monthly online sessions, complete a project, interview a senior leader, and receive leadership coaching from senior GIM faculty. Program Evaluation: Post-program evaluation indicated the LEAD program was effective in helping participants understand what it means to be a good leader (93%, 37/40), become a more reflective leader (90%, 35/39), and apply principles of leadership to increase effectiveness in their role (88%, 34/39). Discussion: LEAD provides junior-mid-career medical faculty an opportunity to learn effective leadership skills and build a network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2443-2447
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • education
  • faculty
  • leadership
  • mentoring
  • networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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