Leadership Pathways in Academic Family Medicine: Focus on Underrepresented Minorities and Women

Catherine Coe, Cleveland Piggott, Ardis Davis, Mary N. Hall, Kristen Goodell, Pablo Joo, Jeannette E. South-Paul

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Leadership positions in academic medicine lack racial and gender diversity. In 2016, the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) established a Leadership Development Task Force to specifically address the lack of diversity among leadership in academic family medicine, particularly for underrepresented minorities and women. APPROACH: The task force was formed in August 2016 with members from each of the CAFM organizations representing diversity of race, gender, and academic position. The group met from August 2016 to December 2017. The task force reviewed available leadership development programming, and through consensus identified common pathways toward key leadership positions in academic family medicine-department chairs, program directors, medical student education directors, and research directors. consensus development: The task force developed a model that describes possible pathways to several leadership positions within academic family medicine. Additionally, we identified the intentional use of a multidimensional mentoring team as critically important for successfully navigating the path to leadership. CONCLUSIONS: There are ample opportunities available for leadership development both within family medicine organizations and outside. That said, individuals may require assistance in identifying and accessing appropriate opportunities. The path to leadership is not linear and leaders will likely hold more than one position in each of the domains of family medicine. Development as a leader is greatly enhanced by forming a multidimensional team of mentors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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