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Two College of Medicine professors chosen for leadership programs

Two Penn State College of Medicine professors were selected to join prestigious programs for leaders in science and at academic health institutions.

Dr. Erika Saunders, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, was named to the 2018-2019 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Saunders is one of 54 women chosen for the “I am very excited to be part of the ELAM program and I look forward to learning from an illustrious group of leaders.”

The ELAM program is part of Drexel's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership. The program is dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation.

Patricia Silveyra, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, biochemistry and molecular biology and humanities at the College of Medicine, has been invited to join the inaugural group of New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine launched the initiative to identify outstanding early-career science, engineering and medicine (SEM) leaders.

“I am very excited to join this initiative and work along such a great team of leaders and advisors,” said Silveyra. “I believe our combined diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise will help us design more creative ways to address many of the scientific challenges faced by our nation and the world.”

The 18 SEM leaders will gather over a two-year period with a senior advisory committee to discuss key emerging challenges in science, engineering and medicine, engage nationally with a wider group of young leaders from diverse groups and attend international events on science policy.

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