An important function of Women in Medicine and Science is facilitating the career development of women faculty and junior faculty members as well as other faculty who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and gender issues and equality in medicine and science. Various initiatives have been organized by the WIMS to carry out its missions, including the Xinspire Faculty Mentoring Program, general professional development opportunities, two career development programs, and identification of liaisons within each WFSM department to facilitate communication and disseminate information to faculty across the institution. These inclusive programs adhere to Wake Forest School of Medicine’s non-discrimination policies.
Career Development for Leaders (CDL) Program
This professional development fellowship began in January 2008. Modeled after national programs for women in academic medicine, the CDL program covers nine one-day sessions over months. Because national leadership programs are becoming increasingly competitive and expensive and only a few faculty members can benefit each year, the purposes of the cross-campus CDL program are to provide:
- An affordable, university-based leadership development program for faculty who are either currently in or aspire to leadership roles at Wake Forest
- A local, national-level-quality experience that allows more faculty to participate in leadership education
- An opportunity to bring women and allies together from diverse professional backgrounds (example: anesthesiology, cancer biology, theater, math) to exchange ideas and foster cross-campus collaboration.
Presenters are nationally and internationally known experts, executive coaches and senior Wake Forest University faculty and administrators. All presenters are highly respected in their content areas.
Faculty (mid- to senior-career preferred) and senior staff (Vice President level or equivalent) who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and gender issues and equality in medicine and science are eligible to apply for the program. The call for applications opens annually in February/March for the program that begins the following September.
The Call for Applications for the 2022 – 2023 Career Development for Leaders (CDL) Program is now open!
Deadline for Application Submission – May 31, 2022
- A total of faculty has graduated from the CDL program (2008 - 2021).
From a 2016 graduate:
"I owe a debt of gratitude for this women’s leadership experience in helping me find my voice, enabling my voice to be heard, and to be heard by the unexpected. I thank you and everyone that helped facilitate this growth in not only me but others in our group."