Leadership Program

2019 Leadership Cohort Application Information

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program is a nation-wide educational leadership development program administered through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health are the first to offer this innovative program as an Institutional Model.

Eligibility: GUMC faculty and administrative professionals are eligible to apply. 

Opportunities & Expectations: The LEAD program fosters practical knowledge drawn from the best recognized theoretical models and best practices of effective leadership that are relevant to medical education organizations and processes.  Participation is mandatory in all elements of the curriculum.

Application Process: The three-part application consists of  (1) completed application form, (2) your current CV, and (3) a letter of support from your department chair indicating support for your full participation in the LEAD program. Combine the three documents into a single PDF and submit as email attachment to CENTILE@georgetown.edu on or before the November 27, 2018 deadline. Applicants will be notified of the selection decision by November 30, 2018.  

Get the application and information packet.

2018 Leadership Cohort Identified

CENTILE is once again collaborating to offer GUMC faculty and administrative professionals an opportunity to participate in the fourth cohort of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program. Upon successful completion of this yearlong cohort-based, AAMC-affiliated program, participants (called Fellows) will receive their nationally recognized certificates from the AAMC. CENTILE sponsors five individuals to participate.  Click here to see the 2018 cohort and previous cohorts.

The LEAD program targets early and mid-career faculty and administrative professionals. The yearlong experience provides practical knowledge drawn from the best recognized theoretical models and incorporates best practices of effective leadership that are relevant to health science education processes and organizations. LEAD program information below.

Deadlines for applications is in October of each year.

CENTILE Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

2016 LEAD Cohort

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program is a nation-wide educational leadership development program administered through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  The program is available as a regional program and now as an institutional program. Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health were the first to offer this innovative program to their faculty as an Institutional Model.  This is a cohort-based one-year program, with required elements both in-person and at-a-distance. The 2018-19 calendar is outlined below.

Core Purposes

The core purposes of the LEAD program are to:

  • Offer a well-grounded, sustainable program for interested professionals to develop and strengthen their educational leadership with a specific focus on academic medicine;
  • Create a professional learning community in which aspiring and emerging leaders learn from and with each other;
  • Foster an environment for networking and collaboration in educational leadership at multiple levels in academic medicine;
  • Facilitate learning and reflective practice in ways that continuously enhance effective leadership style and practices; and
  • Facilitate participants’ entry and progressive advancement into meaningful leadership roles.


LEAD is a multifaceted leadership certificate program that includes:

  • 16-hours of face-to-face sessions targeting each major theme;
  • Mentoring and coaching by a Local Coach, and opportunities for peer coaching and mentoring;
  • Independent learning and reflective practice through structured learning activities, and LEAD Portfolio development;
  • Real-life application through an individual Applied Leadership Focus;
  • Engagement in a GUMC professional learning community through formal and informal LEAD activities that include electronic communications and quarterly teleconferences.

Why You Should Consider Applying

If you are an early or mid-career faculty responsible for or aspiring to educational leadership in the academic health sciences (as a future department chair, dean, curriculum committee chair), you should consider this opportunity.

Upon completion of the LEAD certificate program, you will have enhanced your abilities to:

Apply relevant theoretical frameworks to guide their ongoing leadership development and actions in various situations;

Provide a solid rationale for using leaderrship theories to guide practice;

Differentiate adminsitration, management, and leadership, and explain the contribution of each to performing as an effective educational leader;

Demonstrate leadership behaviors that include effective communication, supervision, strategic planning, and organizational development (e.g., creating a shared vision, developing people and capacity, facilitating effective change); and 

Use reflective practice and feedback to develop and continuously refine their personal leadership style and effectiveness.


The LEAD program provides practical knowledge drawn from the best recognized theoretical models and incorporated best practices of effective leadership that are relevant to medical education processes and organizations. Participation is mandatory in all elements of the curriculum.

Orientation Session (Required for fellows)
December 4, 2018 – Video conference, 12-1 pm

Face-to-Face Sessions (Required for both fellows and mentors)
February 13-14, 2019 at the Aspen Wye Conference Center, Queenstown, MD (Eastern Shore)
Module 1: Setting Direction and Vision, Wednesday, 2:00-6:00 pm and overnight stay
Module 2: Leading by Developing Others, Thursday, 8:30 am–12:30 pm

May 15-16, 2019 at the Alexandrian Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Module 3: Leading and Managing Others, Wednesday, 2-6 pm
Module 4: Leading by Developing the Organization, Thursday, 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Engagement in a professional learning community that includes
VIRTUAL Monthly Phone InterSessions
 (Required for fellows)
March 21, 2019, 1-2 pm
June 13, 2019, 1-2 pm
July 18, 2019, 1-2 pm
September 19, 2019, 1-2 pm

Independent Learning and Reflective Practice
Through structured learning activities, portfolio development, and real-life application through an individual Applied Leadership Focus (ALF).

November 14, 2019 – Final presentation at Georgetown University, 10 am-2 pm

Ongoing mentoring by local mentor, who must also attend face-to-face sessions, chosen by YOU! We recommend identifying someone who demonstrates leadership qualities that you wish to emulate, is already familiar with you at some level, is accessible, approachable, and is someone with whom you are comfortable talking candidly. While your first consideration might be your director supervisor, you may benefit more from someone else who models effective leadership with whom you do not have a formal supervisory and evaluative relationship.

Consider individuals who could expand your exposure to experiences and opportunities that fit well with your current and/or future desired leadership role. This 2015 LEAD Local Mentor Guidelines document outlines the commitment on the part of the mentor, which includes attendance at the four in-person sessions and touching base monthly.

​Eligibility for Fellowship 

Early and mid-career GUMC faculty and administrative professionals are eligible to apply as Fellows.

Find more information on the LEAD Certificate Program from AAMC.

If you have questions about the LEAD program, please email CENTILE@georgetown.edu.

2018 Leadership Cohort

Karen Bokoski (OFAA)
     Mentor: Lisa Krim (Office of GU President)
Meskerem Lloyd (Internal Medicine)
     Mentor: Deborah Topol, MD (Internal Medicine)
John Partridge, PhD (Pharmacology & Physiology)
     Mentor: Aviad Haramati, PhD (Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology)
Robert Shin, MD (Neurology)
     Mentor: TBD
Rachel Slabach, MD (Anesthesiology)
     Mentor: TBD
Tricia Ting, MD (Neurology)
     Mentor: TBD

Medstar Health Teaching Scholar Fellows
Anne Kelemen, LICSW (Palliative Care)
     Mentor: TBD
Leon Lai, MD (Medicine, Infectious Disease)
     Mentor: TBD
Daniel Marchalik, MD, MA (Urology)
     Mentor: TBD
Laura Moreno, MD (Family Medicine)
     Mentor: TBD
Nargiz Muganlinkskaya, MD, MMS (Medicine)
     Mentor: TBD
Sarah Thornton, MD (Medicine)
     Mentor: TBD
Francis Tirol, MD (Neurology)
     Mentor: TBD

2017 Leadership Cohort

Valeria Advoshina, MD, PhD (Neuroscience)
     Mentor: Rochelle Tractenberg, PhD (Neurology)
Melicia Escobar, BS, BSN, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC (Advanced Practice Nursing)
     Mentors: Kelly Grady (NHS Academic Affairs) and Kate McHugh (ACNM/GU)
Nady Golestaneh, PhD, MS (Ophthalmology)
     Mentor: Priscilla Furth, MD (Oncology)
Jon-Michael Washington, BA, MBA (SOM Finance & Administration)
     Mentor: Nicole Houle, EdD (School of Medicine Admissions)
Jeffrey Weinfeld, MD (Family Medicine)
     Mentor: James Welsh, MD

Medstar Health Teaching Scholar Fellows
Hakima Amri, PhD (GUMC Biochemistry & Cellular & Molecular Biology)
     Mentor: Irene Jillson, PhD (Nursing)
Ronald Distajo, MD MPH (MWHC General Internal Medicine)
     Mentors: Sailaja Pindiprolu, MD (Medicine) and Arrel Olano, MD (Medicine)
Hunter Groninger, MD (MWHC Palliative Care)
     Mentor: Marcia Day Childress, PhD (Medical Humanities)
Kirsten Hawkins, MD (MPH/MGUH Pediatrics)
     Mentor: Carrie Chen, MD, PhD (Medical Education, Assessment & Scholarship)
Kumudhini Hendrix, MD (MGUH Anesthesiology)
     Mentor: Kristi Graves, PhD (Oncology)
Ted Liao, MD (MGUH Psychiatry)

2016 Leadership Cohort

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD, MAED (Psychiatry)
     Mentor: Priscilla Furth, MD (Oncology)
Stacey Kaltman, PhD (Psychiatry)
     Mentor: Yumi Jarris, MD (Family Medicine)
Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD (Dermatology)
     Mentor: Irene Jillson, PhD (Nursing & Health Studies)
Rachelle Toman, MD (Family Medicine)
     Mentor: Susan Cheng, EDLD, MPP (Diversity & Inclusion)

MedStar Health Teaching Scholar Fellows
James Benson, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
     Mentor: David Buek, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Justin Cooper, PT, MPT, SCS (Sports Medicine)
     Mentor: Lew Lyon, PhD (Sports Medicine)
Rebecca Evangelista, MD (General Surgery)
     Mentor: Mary Glasscock, MBA (GUMC CBO)
Claudia Harding, LCSW-C (Family Medicine)
     Mentor: Kendal O’Hare, MD (Family Medicine)
Natalia Nacu, MD (Internal Medicine)
     Mentor: Chritopher Kearney, MD (Palliative Care)
Lee A. Richter, MD (Urology & Obstetrics & Gynecology)
     Mentor: Shawna Willey, MD (Surgery)
Sean Whelton, MD (Internal Medicine)
     Mentor: Jamie Padmore, DM (VP Faculty Affairs & Surgery)

2015 Leadership Cohort

Brian Floyd, MS (Academic Affairs – NHS)
     Mentor: Tawara Goode, MA (GU Center for Cultural Competence)
Yvonne Hernandez, PhD (Pharmacology)
     Mentor:  Barbara Bayer, PhD (Neuroscience)
Jennifer Kluge, MSM (Office of the Dean for Research)
     Mentor: Kenneth Dretchen, PhD (Pharmacology)
Margaret Nolan, PhD (Nursing)
     Mentor: Joan Riley, MS, MRN (Nursing)
Sona Vasudevan, PhD (Biochemistry)
     Mentor: Aviad Haramati, PhD (Biochemistry & Cellular & Molecular Biology)
Benjamin Walker, PhD (SOM – GEMS)
     Mentor: Rosemary E. Kilkenny (Diversity)

Medstar Health Teaching Scholar Fellows
Greg Burgoyne, MD
     Mentor: Fred Finelli, MD (VPMA, MMMC)
Amy Burke, MD (MedPeds)
     Mentor: Anne Richmond, MD (Pediatrics)
Ann Jay, MD (Radiology)
     Mentor: Lisa Boyle, MD (VPMA, GUH)
Rachel Kon, MD (Internal Medicine)
     Mentor: Dennis Murphy, MD (Internal Medicine)
Robyn Macsata, MD (Vascular Surgery)
     Mentor: Sonya Malekzadeh, MD (ENT)
Patricia Wehner, MD (Surgery)
     Mentor: Erin Felger, MD (Surgery)
Gaby Weissman, MD (Cardiology)
     Mentor: Ken Burman, MD (Endocrinology)

Medstar Health Research Scholar Fellows
Melissa DeLong, MD
(Internal Medicine)
     Mentor: Neil Weissman, MD (Cardiology)
Rachel Scott, MD (Obstetrics/Gynecology)
      Mentor: Neil Weissman, MD (Cardiology)
Wen Shen, MD (Nephrology)
     Mentor: Richard Waldhorn, MD (Internal Medicine)