The National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program (the ELHM Program) began in 2016 to increase the NAM’s engagement with exceptional, interdisciplinary  early- and mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy, and related fields. The ELHM Program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation between the emerging leaders, NAM members, and experts across sectors.

There are two components of the ELHM Program:

  1. Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars (ELHM Scholars)
  2. Emerging Leaders Forum
Call for Applications

The call for applications for the NAM Emerging Leaders Program is now closed. Applications accepted annually the two components of the NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program according to the details below.    

1. NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars (ELHM Scholars)

Each year, NAM selects up to 10 early- and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and exceptional professional achievement in biomedical science, population health, health care, and related fields to serve 3-year terms as ELHM Scholars. While continuing to work at their primary institution, each year the ELHM Scholars attend two Scholars meetings and the NAM Annual Meeting; attend and help plan the Emerging Leaders Forum (see below); may volunteer to participate in various NAM and/or Academies’ activities (e.g., planning committees, workshops, consensus studies, roundtables, or NAM Perspectives); and may participate in a mentoring program with NAM members. No stipend is provided, but approved domestic travel expenses are covered.

2. Emerging Leaders Forum

Each year the NAM selects a group of 30-40 outstanding early- and mid-career professionals with exceptional professional promise, achievement, and leadership in fields related to health and medicine to attend an invitation-only event. The Forum encourages participants to explore some of the most pressing challenges in health and medicine, to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and networking, and to gain new perspectives. Individuals selected to either attend or present at the Forum will join the NAM Scholars and highly influential NAM members in panel discussions, small breakout groups, and casual networking activities over the course of two days. This year, the Emerging Leaders Forum will be held on March 16 and 17, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Selection of participants of both components will be based on a variety of factors, including personal and professional achievement, demonstrated creativity and field leadership, and the need for diverse perspectives. Other qualifications include:

• Completion of a terminal degree (i.e. doctoral degree or equivalent experience and qualifications) from a relevant field of study
• Early- to mid-career (while it is difficult to account for all situations, individuals selected for the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine program are generally 7-15 years after attainment of a terminal degree)
• Two letters of recommendation (special consideration given to applicants with letters of support from NAM members)
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application

 

NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars

Each year, up to 10 early- and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and exceptional professional achievement in biomedical science, population health, health care and related fields are selected to serve 3-year terms as ELHM Scholars. While continuing to work at their primary institution, the ELHM Scholars will participate in certain NAM activities, exchange ideas with each other and field leaders across sectors and disciplines, receive mentoring from NAM members, and help shape the ELHM Program. Participants also provide valuable input and feedback to help shape the priorities of the NAM and sustain the NAM’s impact and reputation as a national leader in advancing knowledge and accelerating progress in science, medicine, policy, and health equity. ELHM Scholars may publish Perspectives, participate in convening activities throughout the larger National Academies, and participate in interest groups.

 

NAM Emerging Leaders Forum

The Emerging Leaders Forum is an annual assembly of outstanding early- and mid-career professionals with exceptional professional promise, achievement, and leadership in biomedical science, health, health care, and related fields. Invited attendees will explore some of the most pressing challenges in health and medicine, with the aim of considering and stimulating collaborative interdisciplinary solutions. The 2020 Emerging Leaders Forum will be held on March 16-17, 2020, in Washington, DC.

The Emerging Leaders Forum is an invitation-only event and includes both formal panel sessions and interactive breakout groups attended by NAM Members and Emerging Leaders.

If you have any questions about the Emerging Leaders Forum, please email Meg McCoy at mmccoy@nas.edu.


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