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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.

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.

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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 16, 2021

Online application opens

January 10, 2022

Extended - Deadline for application

February 14, 2022

Notification of acceptance

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Registration Fees

LEAD Certificate fee

$800 SGIM & ACLGIM Members
$1,050 Non-members

Hess Institute fee

$425 SGIM & ACLGIM Members
$550 Non-Members

SGIM Annual Meeting fee

$720 SGIM Full Member (estimated)
$1,145 Non-Members (estimated)

Totals Registration Fees

$1,945 SGIM & ACLGIM Members

$2,745 Non-members


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LEAD Leadership

April Fitzgerald, MD
Clinical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Johns Hopkins University


Michele Fang, MD
Director, Surgical Co-Management
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Rita Lee, MD
Associate Professor
University of Colorado