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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 19, 2022

Educational and Networking Opportunities:
2023 SGIM Annual Meeting and Events - May 10 - 13, 2023
Registration fee waived. Hotel room for one additional night. Airfare.

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

2023 ACLGIM Winter Summit – December 3 - 5, 2023
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

SGIM continues its journey to becoming an anti-racist society that is committed to promoting and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strategic priority.  All applicants will be given equal consideration by a diverse panel of reviewers.

Important Dates

October 7, 2022

Online nominations open

January 13, 2023

Online nominations close

March 14, 2023

Awardee notifications begin

March 10-13, 2023

Award winners acknowledged at 2023 SGIM Annual Meeting

UNLTD Fellows​

2022 - Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MSCE
2022 -
Emmanuel Mensah, MBA, MD
2022 -
Himali Weerahandi, MD
2022 -
Marshall Fleurant, MD, MPH
2021
- Theresa C. Maatman, MD
2021 - Tracey L. Henry, MD
2020 - Brandon Allport-Altillo, MD, MPH
2020 - Utibe Essien, MD, MPH
2020 - Joni Williams, MD, MPH
2019 - Raquel Greer, MD
2019 - Eloho Ufomata, MD, MS
2018 - Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS
2018 - Chavon Onumah, MD, MPH
2017 - Kierstin Cates Kennedy, MD, MSHA
2016 - Anika A.H. Alvanzo, MD, MS
2016 - Claudia L. Campos, MD
2015 - Milda R. Saunders, MD, MPH
2015 - Elizabeth L. Lee, MD
2014 - Adesuwa Olomu, MD, MS
2014 - Nancy Marie Denizard-Thompson, MD
2013 - Ana M. Palacio, MD, MPH
2013 - Erik A. Wallace, MD
2013 - Phyllis A. Nsiah-Kumi, MD, MPH
2012 - Crystal Cene, MD, MPH
2012 - Cheryl Renee Clark, MD, ScD
2012 - Monica Vela, MD
2011 - Cristina M.  Gonzalez, MD, MEd 

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 Jillian Gann at gannj@sgim.org