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The LEAD program is designed for junior to mid-career faculty who wish to further develop their leadership skills. Training and coaching from leadership scholars and successful GIM leaders is provided at the ACLGIM/SGIM spring meeting and continues for one year afterwards. Participants please be willing to attend both the ACLGIM Hess Management Training and Leadership Institute and the LEAD components of the SGIM national meeting. Program expectations include monthly independent readings/assignments with online discussions and regularly scheduled direct communication with an ACLGIM LEAD coach during the 12 months following the program start. At the end of the one year of successful participation, LEAD Participants receive an SGIM/ACLGIM LEAD certificate. Participants for the LEAD program are chosen via a competitive application process.

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Application Requirements

In order to complete your application, you must submit the following materials:

Brief statement of interest in the LEAD Certificate program (do not exceed one page)

  • In your statement, please address what leadership in medicine means to you, what are your current leadership roles, your personal goals for your career, and your thoughts regarding how the program will benefit you.
  • Please describe a specific leadership goal or activity you plan to work on throughout your LEAD year.  You will be asked to intermittently report back on your progress on this goal or activity through your program year,  if selected.

Current CV 

Letter of support from your Division Chief or supervisor. This letter should include: 

  • Current leadership responsibilities of the applicant
  • Suitability of the applicant for future leadership roles 
  • Rationale for the applicant’s participation in the LEAD program 
  • Agreement for the applicant to attend the Hess Institute and national SGIM meeting.
  • Agreement to support the applicant’s successful completion of the certificate program.

Scholarship Funding Available:  

If you would like to be considered for funding support, please include a short statement indicating insufficient funding is available to cover cost for participation and a general outline of support that would be needed to participate, up to $2,000. See additional details here

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Interested in Other Leadership Development Opportunities?

​You may qualify for the UNified Leadership Training in Diversity (UNLTD) Program - a leadership development program and scholarship for junior and mid-career faculty (i.e. instructor, assistant or associate professors) from underrepresented groups.  If accepted, the scholarship funds would help support costs associated with the LEAD program! 

Interested candidates must apply to both LEAD and UNLTD to be considered.   Learn more. 

 Important Dates

September 15, 2023

Online application opens

November 20, 2023

Deadline for application

January 19, 2024

Notification of acceptance

February 29, 2024

Program Fee due

Registration Fees

LEAD Certificate fee

$1100 SGIM & ACLGIM Members

SGIM Membership fees

$850 discount for two years

SGIM Annual Meeting fee

$790 SGIM Full Member 

ACLGIM Hess Registration fee

$560 SGIM Full Member
$500 ACLGIM Full Member

Total Registration Fees


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Are you in need of funding support to participate in LEAD? See scholarship details here


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LEAD Leadership

Rita Lee, MD
Associate Professor
University of Colorado

Michele Fang, MD
Director, Surgical Co-Management
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Elisha L. Brownfield, MD
Vice Chair for Strategic Leadership Development

Abby Spencer, MD
Professor and Vice Chair Of Medicine at Washington University of St Louis