The Dr. Edward S. Cooper Leadership Training Program is an intensive 3-day course leadership development program is funded by the Perelman School of Medicine's Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the University of Pennsylvania's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty. The leadership development program was developed and is taught by Wharton faculty who teach the core content in Wharton's MBA program and who routinely lend their expertise to high-performing teams throughout the world. The program is organized by Dr. Carmen Guerra, Associate Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and Jeff Klein, Executive Director of the Wharton Leadership Program and Lecturer at the Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. The program is held biennially at the Wharton School and available to diverse faculty at PSOM. It is consistently rated as an exceptional experience by participating faculty. The topics covered include leadership identify, teamwork, followership, communication styles and difficult conversations, emotional intelligence, after-action reviews, and network mapping. The goal of the program is to help participants develop leadership skills that will make a positive impact throughout the rest of their careers in medicine.

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Recent visiting professors include:

  • 2016 — Damon Tweedy, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
    “Black Man in a White Coat”
  • 2015 — Hannah Valantine, MD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the NIH
    “Precision Medicine in Action: Applying Genomic Tools to Improve Patient Outcomes after Organ Transplantation”
  • 2014 — Jerry C Johnson, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Excellence at Penn
    Rotonya Carr, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn
    Baligh Yehia, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health
    “Diversity in the 21st Century – Three Perspectives”
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