Leadership Education to Advance Diversity in Underrepresented Populations (LEAD-UP) is a new program with Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Leadership Education to Advance Diversity in Underrepresented Populations (LEAD-UP) is a new program with Kristina Kaljo, PhD

The current landscape in medicine highlights a stark gap between the increasingly diverse US population and the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among faculty in academic medical centers. Groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) have long been recognized and well documented to reduce health disparities, deliver effective care, improve communication skills, increase patient satisfaction, and enhance the medical education learning environment (Marrast et al., 2014; Whitla, et al., 2003).

Leadership Education to Advance Diversity in Underrepresented Populations (LEAD-UP) is a new leadership enrichment program for URiM trainees situated in the last two years of their program: residents, fellows, post-docs, and MD/PhD students. The goal is to promote a culture of caring and mattering (Flett et al, 2019) to entice URiM trainees to stay in Milwaukee and advance into faculty positions at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Under the leadership of Kristina Kaljo, PhD – Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Callisia Clarke, MD – Assistant Professor of Surgery; and Jeffrey Kirsch, MD – Professor of Anesthesiology, LEAD-UP will harness participant’s existing skill sets with opportunities to learn alongside local and national medical “C-Suite” leaders to promote diversity and inclusion efforts in patient care, education and research. This includes opportunities to engage with local Milwaukee organizations to further expand MCW’s connectivity with the surrounding community. Specifically, the LEAD-UP curriculum will encompass the four cornerstones of: interpersonal communication, leadership, negotiation, and networking.

Graciously funded as part of the Kern Institute’s Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2), LEAD-UP began in February 2021 with five trainees: