Norma Pérez, M.D., Dr.P.H., Executive Director of Hispanic Center of Excellence and Special Program in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has been chosen as one of a select group of medical education leaders for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program. Dr. Pérez is also the President and UTMB representative of Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS).
The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, cultivates leaders in academic medicine through evidence-based, collaborative learning and reflective practice. After going through the competitive application process, Dr. Pérez was one of 65 nationally selected fellows.
The one-year, cohort-based certificate program provides:
- Theory and evidence-based learning for interested professionals to develop and strengthen their educational leadership
- A professional learning community for aspiring and emerging leaders to learn from, and with each other
- Learning and reflective practice for enhancing one’s leadership style and practices
- Facilitation of entry and progressive advancement into meaningful leadership roles
During the program, Dr. Pérez will be working with a small peer coaching group with an assigned national LEAD Coach on an ongoing basis over the course of the year, and will attend 2 in-person workshops, 1 regional medical education meeting, as well as virtual coaching sessions.
About the opportunity, Dr. Pérez stated, “I am honored and very excited to have been chosen into this exclusive program. I look forward to meeting and working closely with nationally recognized senior leaders in academia.”
In order to apply for the program, Dr. Pérez needed the recommendation of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, Dr. Ruth Levine, at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
“I know that the LEAD program will add to my experience and help me jumpstart more complex projects in academic medicine.”
For more information about the AAMC’s LEAD Certificate Program, visit https://www.aamc.org/members/gea/lead/.