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A University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) professor, Leslie A. Morrison, M.D., was awarded a fellowship by the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

Morrison, along with 47 other women representing 46 medical, dental and public health institutions, will compose the 14th class of fellows in the ELAM program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.

The unique ELAM program is designed to prepare senior women faculty members working in medical institutions to move into positions of leadership. Throughout the year-long program, fellows receive training similar to traditional MBA curricula developing and enhancing their skills in personal and professional leadership, career advancement, communication and the use of new information and learning technologies. Additionally, fellows are expected to undertake a long-term action project to address a challenge, goal or need within the academic health center environment to demonstrate and practice effective leadership and organization.

Morrison currently works as a professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at UNM SOM. She is vice chair for the Department of Neurology and division chief of Child Neurology. Her special interests include neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders, especially those that disproportionately affect New Mexican families.

Morrison is also recognized nationally for leadership in Neurology.

“ELAM intervenes at a critical stage in a woman’s professional career and provides her with the skills, information and peer networks to help her advance to the top, said Page Morahan, Ph.D., ELAM co-director and a founder of the program. T

he ELAM program strives to continue its legacy of promoting successful leadership in women throughout the complex healthcare environment.