ADFM LEADS: Leadership Education for Academic Development and Success

Meet the current LEADS fellows!

Learn more about the current LEADS cohort and their LEADS projects.


Learn More About The LEADS Fellowship! 



A decade ago, ADFM recognized the need for a robust and diverse leadership pipeline to meet the growing needs of academic departments of family medicine for both senior leaders and department chairs. Department-level senior leadership positions are an important part of the Chair leadership pipeline, and effective succession planning for chairs. The ADFM LEADS fellowship is a 1-year program designed for mid-to-late career family medicine leaders interested in pathways to leadership in academic or other health systems, including department chair, or who want to further explore if these roles would be a good career fit. Since 2009, 78 fellows have completed or are currently participating in the ADFM fellowship. Almost half of these fellows have assumed interim or permanent chair positions, and others have gone on to assume department-level senior leadership roles in academic family medicine.


The ADFM LEADS Fellowship Program provides interactive training, tools, and experiential learning for those aspiring to senior leadership positions in academic or other health systems. The program has an emphasis on strategic career planning and features a cohort-responsive curriculum structured around the Leadership Competencies for Family Medicine Department Chairs and Senior Leaders, which we have found fit for other leadership roles as well. 

In the LEADS program, you’ll:

  • Identify areas for professional development from the leadership competencies and complete a project designed to improve skills in some of these areas;
  • Develop an ongoing connection with advising from an experienced Department Chair or senior leader on your project and career goals;
  • Participate in ADFM’s member offerings, including attendance at the ADFM Annual Conference and access to the ADFM Chair listserv;
  • Access a number of trainings and resources specifically designed for LEADS participants.


Fellowship Details

(above: the 2022-23 LEADS Fellows at the ADFM 2023 Annual Conference)

(above: 2023-24 cohort in Colorado during their summer workshop)