Programs for Those Interested in Senior Leadership in Academic Family Medicine


  • Leadership & Mentorship Opportunities
  • DEI & Anti-Racism Opportunities
  • Research Opportunities
  • Other Opportunities

Leadership & Mentorship Opportunities


Staff contact: Sam Elwood,

ADFM keeps a running list of chair positions we have heard are open, which are posted here: 

Some positions are also posted here:


Staff contact: Sam Elwood,

The ADFM LEADS Fellowship is a year-long program (February to February) which provides academic leadership development for those considering chair or other senior leader positions as a potential career direction. The program includes a Fellowship project, shared with colleagues through a venue at the ADFM Annual Conference; formal mentorship from a current chair advisor; and participation on the ADFM Chairs’ listserv during the fellowship year and one year thereafter. It also includes participation in two back-to-back ADFM Annual Conferences (these take place a Wed – Sat in February, dates and location dependent on year) and some extra workshops and webinars throughout the year.

More information about the ADFM LEADS Fellowship is available here.


Staff contact: JoBeth Hamon,

The Senior Leader Program is a leadership development opportunity for leaders in Departments of Family Medicine who are not Associate Members of ADFM to attend the ADFM Annual Conference with their chair, with requested attendance at some conference “optional” events. This opportunity is intended to strengthen not only individuals' leadership skills but leadership in Departments. It exposes participants to innovations and benchmarks in all missions - patient care, teaching, and research across the country, and imparts training in core skills necessary for academic leadership. The Senior Leader must be nominated by the Department Chair. To be eligible for nomination, the individual must have been in departmental leadership for 2 or more years. Requests for nominations for this program are sent around to the Department Chairs in November/December preceding the February meeting.


Staff contact: Amanda Weidner,

A formal mentoring program that pairs seasoned ADFM Administrators (more than 3 years in a department) with new ADFM Administrators (less than 3 years) in family medicine departments that are closely related. The participant receives assistance with the transition to a department of family medicine administrative role and improves knowledge, skills and abilities related to that role. The mentorship program lays out a format for defining expectations and specific goal-setting. 

More information is available here.

DEI & Anti-Racism Opportunities

Staff contact: Sam Elwood,


These are 90-minute meetings that offer a great opportunity for DEI Directors and Chair dyads to join an informal discussion and collaborate across departments on current DEI related topics. 

If you haven't already, please share this opportunity with your DEI director (or equivalent). We will release more information on the topics for these dates as they get nearer. Reach out for details on our upcoming meetings. 

Upcoming meetings: 

Research Opportunities


Staff contact: Sam Elwood,

This 90 min meeting is a great opportunity for Research Directors and Chair dyads to join an informal discussion and collaborate across departments on current research related topics. 

Upcoming meetings: 


Staff contact: JoBeth Hamon,

To equip individuals with the knowledge, leadership skills, mentorship, and peer support to develop and implement a strategic plan for building research capacity within their own programs, departments, or institutions.

More information is available here. 

Other Opportunities


Staff contact: Sam Elwood,

Our strategic committees include: leader development, research development, education transformation, healthcare delivery transformation, advocacy, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved in ADFM, participate in some of our initiatives/ongoing projects and meet other members. 

More information is available here. 


Staff contact: Sam Elwood,

Membership-wide virtual discussion on timely topics that often have a bit of a presentation and Q&A. Anyone who's attendance is helpful to your department is welcome to join these quarterly events. 

Past hot topic discussions and webinar available here.