Training for Leadership Roles in Academic Medicine: Opportunities for Psychologists in the AAMC LEAD Program

Donna LaPaglia, Britta Thompson, Janet Hafler, Sheila Chauvin

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Abstract

Psychologists’ roles within academic medicine have expanded well beyond research and scholarship. They are active as providers of patient care, medical education, and clinical supervision. Although the number of psychologists in academic health centers continues to grow, they represent a small portion of total medical school faculties. However, with the movement toward collaborative care models, emphasis on interprofessional teams, and increased emphasis on psychological science topics in medical curricula, psychologists are well-positioned to make further contributions. Another path through which psychologists can further increase their contributions and value within academic health centers is to aspire to leadership roles. This article describes the first author’s reflections on her experiences in a two-year, cohort-based, educational leadership development certificate program in academic medicine. The cohort was comprised largely of physicians and basic scientists, and a small number of non-physician participants of which the first author was the only clinical psychologist. The insights gained from this experience provide recommendations for psychologists interested in leadership opportunities in academic medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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