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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, former 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:

Specific Aims

  1. To develop a leadership training program for junior and senior faculty to foster diversity within academic internal medicine, emphasizing mentorship, a formal curriculum, management training and experiential fellowships. 
  2. To provide women faculty and racial/ethnic minority groups with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume—and succeed at—leadership roles in departments of medicine.
  3. To empower underrepresented groups in the program, and to demonstrate to non-underrepresented groups how these mechanisms can be used to foster diversity within their home institutions.
  4. To facilitate ongoing networking, dialogue and interaction among program graduates over time who could become mentors, trainers, and provide assistance in revising curriculum and training modules for future fellows in the UNLTD in Internal Medicine Program.

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2021 UNLTD Fellows

 

Tracey Henry, MD
   Theresa Maatman, MD


Past UNLTD Fellows

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