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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