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National leadership program cites USD SSOM faculty member

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dr. Adela T. Casas-Melley, M.D., of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is one of 54 senior women faculty selected as a Hedwig van Ameringen Executive in Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women fellows at the Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Casas-Melley, associate professor, department of surgery, is part of the 2011-2012 fellows class – the 17th incoming class for ELAM, which is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for positions of leadership at academic health centers. In addition to serving as Clerkship Director for Surgery at the School of Medicine, Casas-Melley is the Pediatric Surgical Specialties Division Chief for the Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

To be accepted into the ELAM program, fellows are nominated by the dean or other senior official of her institution. Work for the incoming class of fellows begins this month with online assignments and community building activities that continue through the end of the program next April. Fellows begin the first of three weeklong in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the ACE Conference Center in Philadelphia in September.

“We are extremely excited to see the impact these women will have on their institutions as they work through the ELAM curriculum and develop their action projects,” stated Diane Magrane, M.D., director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, host of the ELAM program.

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USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News