Leadership and Career Development


The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is committed to promoting and providing opportunities for faculty to further their academic and professional development. Please continue to check this website for opportunities and to learn about local and national programs.

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

Monica Mita, MD, associate professor of Medicine and co-director of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

"This outstanding seminar was extremely valuable for me; the lectures and lessons learned allowed me to better understand the needed tools and skills for leadership, and to better define the goals and mission of our team and division."

Margareta Pisarska, MD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and of the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

"It was such a great experience providing tools to become a more effective female leader. It was a wonderful opportunity to network with other women at my level, and it also provided an excellent opportunity for self-awareness."

Lali Medina-Kauwe, PhD, professor of Biomedical Sciences

"Thank you so much for recommending the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar to me and for supporting my attendance at this meeting in Austin, Texas. It was an invaluable experience, and I learned critical communication and organizational navigation skills that will no doubt augment my career development. The workshops were great. Hearing the perspective from, and networking with, other women at my level was hugely beneficial. I would definitely recommend this meeting to others."

Teryl Nuckols, MD

"Without exaggeration, the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Seminar was one of the most valuable conferences I have attended during my career. The speakers were top-notch, including female deans and other female leaders from around the country. They spoke at length and with great specificity about intangible factors that can contribute to success. While I have heard lectures on some of the topics before, I felt I understood much more clearly what was meant and how to act on the information. I came home with a long list of resources with which to pursue additional professional development. The meeting is set up so that almost every minute is scheduled with opportunities for growth, which makes it busy but contributes to its impact. The venue and food were terrific, and there were lots of opportunities to connect with peers from around the country."

AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

Jose Limon-Tello, PhD, postdoctoral scientist in the Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute, was selected by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity to attend this seminar in 2013. The seminar was designed for junior faculty and postdocs who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.

"The seminar was great. It offered a lot of useful and insightful information on early career development that I will personally use."

Milton Little, MD, a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery, was selected to attend this seminar in 2014.

"The experience was unparalleled, and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend."

Kurlen Payton, MD, Department of Pediatrics

AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

Farin Amersi, MD, assistant professor of Surgery and associate program director of the General Surgery Residency Program, was selected by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity to attend this seminar in 2013. The seminar covered topics such as creating an academic portfolio, managing change and acquiring communication skills to leverage oneself as a leader.

"The program was truly outstanding and helped me identify the personal and professional characteristics I need to develop for organizational and personal success. I would encourage all our women faculty at Cedars-Sinai to do this. It helps you set the groundwork to build a path to leadership."

Odelia Cooper, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, was selected to attend the seminar in 2014.

"I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to interact and network with women from around the nation who are in positions similar to mine. The workshops I attended were of the highest caliber and empowered me to focus, develop and hone in on my own career development path. I have tremendous appreciation to you for supporting me in this critical step in my career in academic medicine."

Irene Kim, MD, assistant professor of Surgery

"The conference was not only helpful in providing practical feedback on my personal career goals, but it also galvanized my effort to further my research and academic pursuits. I cannot thank you enough for supporting my participation at this excellent conference, which I would highly recommend to other Cedars-Sinai junior faculty."

Heather Jones, MD

"I never would have believed that four days could change my entire perspective and approach, but this workshop has done just that. I now know exactly what I need to be doing to be most effective in my research and my career, and I am inspired and invigorated to do so. I also have a new network of women like myself who are here in L.A. and across the country to whom I can reach out for support and collaborations. It was really wonderful."

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship

Ilana Cass, MD, vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, graduated from the yearlong ELAM fellowship in 2012. ELAM's program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

Inspired by her fellowship experience, Cass plans to play an active role in Cedars-Sinai faculty development: "There is an institutional will and recognition that we need to make progress. We need a pipeline of female faculty development at Cedars-Sinai, and I am committed to being one of those agents for change."

Margareta Pisarska, MD

View the PDF below to learn more about other national leadership development opportunities.

Leadership Development Opportunities (PDF)

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar

Gislâine A. Martins, PhD — associate professor in the Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute, and in the departments of Biomedical Science (Research Division of Immunology), and medicine and scientific director of the Flow Cytometry Core — was selected to attend the 2016 AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar. The seminar addresses the specific needs of midcareer faculty from a culturally responsive approach offering skill building and strategies for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine. The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity was happy to support her participation to continue her development as a faculty member, scientist and educator.

"This AAMC seminar was a great opportunity to develop key professional competencies in academic leadership and to network with other professionals in academic medicine and I am grateful to the Cedars-Sinai Office of Faculty Development and Diversity the for the opportunity to attend."

Clinical Scholars Program

The Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program is an innovative program that provides funding, career guidance, education and skill acquisition for aspiring clinical scientists. For more information on the program, please visit the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program page.