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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 women faculty and faculty from racial and ethnic 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 Disparities Task Force (DTF) 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 scholarship are:

  • To support fellows’ participation in the day long institute to gain leadership skills, and
  • To facilitate the fellows’ networking with other GIM leaders

Who Should Apply?

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

What Does the Scholarship Include?

  • A Scholarship:  To support tuition costs of a one-day leadership training conference - The Leon Hess Management Training and Leadership Institute, held by the Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) annually the day prior to the SGIM national meeting. This year, the meeting is in Denver, CO on April 11, 2018. 
  • Funding Support ($500 per fellow):  To help defay the costs of an extra hotel night before the annual SGIM meeting, some per diem costs, and a small portion of each individual’s plane fare.  
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development:  Those selected (i.e.  UNLTD "fellows") would be paired with a mentor prior to the Institute. Through the year, fellows are to hold bi-monthly calls with their mentor and quarterly calls with the UNLTD Program Chair.  Targeted readings are encouraged and a required one summary on the fellow's experience is required at the end of the year.   

Questions?  Contact Jillian Gann

Important Dates

October 12, 2018

Online nominations open

December 17, 2018

Online nominations close

February 22, 2019

Awardee notifications begin

May 8 - 11, 2019

Award presentation at the 2019 Hess Management Institute and the SGIM Annual Meeting


Ready to Apply?

Submit Application

 Login to your account to apply.  Under "Awards and Nominations" click "View Open Competitions" to find the UNLTD application.