May 24, 2022 — Rosemarie Fernandez, M.D., a University of Florida College of Medicine professor and vice chair of faculty development in the department of emergency medicine and research director for the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, has been accepted as a member of the 2022-23 class of fellows in the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, or ELAM, program.
Created by the Drexel University College of Medicine, the ELAM program is a yearlong fellowship for senior women faculty in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy who have been identified with great leadership potential. It is designed to help develop professional and personal health care leadership skills, such as strategic finance, organizational dynamics and networking.
Fernandez, a first-generation college graduate originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey, has received international recognition for her federally funded simulation-based research on improving team performance during resuscitation and is an accomplished mentor with expertise in faculty development. She has found her own mentors at UF in Mark Segal, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development, and Mary Patterson, M.D., M.Ed., chair of the department of emergency medicine and associate dean for experiential learning.
As an ELAM fellow, Fernandez will carry out a leadership project at UF and attend three weeklong program sessions in Philadelphia and Sacramento, California, with the first slated for September. She will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other prominent women in academic medicine at UF and around the country.
Fernandez is joining a network of 14 past ELAM fellows at UF, affectionately called ELUMS, including Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., and neuroscience professor and chair Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.
“Joining this group, a bunch of really smart, amazing, accomplished women, will be a bit of a confidence boost,” Fernandez said. “I think this will be really transformative.”