PHILADELPHIA –  Jill M. Baren, MD, MBE, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been selected as a 2009-2010 fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University’s College of Medicine. ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. Baren, who this year became president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, is among 53 elite medical leaders who were named to the program’s 15th class.

The program aims to train participants in executive management and institutional leadership, with a focus on topics including strategic finance, organizational dynamics, and personal and professional effectiveness.  During the year, Baren will take part in three weeklong in-residence sessions and strive to apply these lessons to her work at Penn.

Fellows will gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the challenges facing academic health centers through meetings with national leaders in the field, interactions with their peers in the program, and interviews with a wide range of senior officers at their own institutions. Fellows will also undertake a long-term project that addresses an institutional need or goal while providing an opportunity for leadership and greater visibility.

A graduate of Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Baren leads emergency clinical trials in pediatric and adult patients to investigate new therapies for acute neurological emergencies locally and nationally. She cares for patients at both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also holds a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured and written on informed consent issues in emergency medicine research and bioethical issues in resuscitation. Before coming to Penn in 1997, Baren served on the faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine and taught at ULCA School of Medicine, where she completed her emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine training.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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