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Successfully leading academic sections and departments requires complex skill sets that do not flow automatically from traditional training programs or academic experience. Leaders of large academic units may lack sufficient mastery in finance, career development and practice organization for optimal success. Additionally, there is a paucity of historically under-represented minority groups among the leadership ranks of academic health centers.  

The Unified Leadership Training for Diversity (UNLTD, or "unlimited") Program in Internal Medicine, was founded by Dr. Mark Linzer, Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, and developed by the Health Equity Commission (HEC) and the Minorities In Medicine (MIM) Interest Group, for two reasons:

  • Diversifying the faculty is a goal shared by virtually every major academic organization
  • Diversifying leadership is an effective way to diversify faculty, and ultimately promote a climate that will lead to diversity in medical students

The main purposes of the award scholarship are:

  • To support fellows’ participation in educational programming that supports the development of leadership skills, and
  • To facilitate the fellows’ networking with other GIM leaders

Fellowship Award Offerings: 
Updated September 21, 2021

Educational and Networking Opportunities:
2022 SGIM Annual Meeting Events –  April 6 – 9, 2022

Registration fee waived. Hotel room for one additional night. Airfare.

  • Hess Management Training and Leadership Institute
  • ACLGIM Annual Dinner
  • UNLTD Alumni Breakfast

2022 ACLGIM Winter Summit – December 4-6, 2022
Registration fee waived. Hotel room for two nights. Airfare.

Additional Opportunities:

  • Mentor Match:  Through the year, fellows are to hold bi-monthly calls with their mentor and quarterly calls with the UNLTD Program Chair
  • Targeted Readings:  Selected reading materials provided to cohort
  • Cohort Community: Regular check-ins with other fellows to share resources and updates
  • Presentation Opportunity at Hess Institute or Winter Summit: Present on a topic related to cohort’s readings/discussion at an ACLGIM event to share accomplishments, lessons learned, and developed expertise.

Important Dates

October 8, 2021

Online nominations open

January 7, 2022

Online nominations close

February 25, 2022

Awardee notifications begin

April 6-9, 2022

Award winners acknowledged at 2022 SGIM Annual Meeting

Who Should Apply?

Junior and mid-career faculty (i.e. instructor, assistant or associate professors) from historically underrepresented groups in academic GIM leadership.

Application Requirements: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Interest:  Describing commitment to GIM, leadership goals, and interest in UNLTD goals. 

Questions?  Contact Kay Ovington