AMWA ELEVATE Certificate in Leadership for Women Physicians

Expand Your Career Potential. Consider New Possibilities.
Realize Your Fully Satisfying Purpose.

AMWA ELEVATE Certificate in Leadership is designed to validate women physicians’ readiness to excel as leaders. This dynamic six-month multifaceted program puts women leaders on the path to achieving greater professional satisfaction, attaining equity, and pursuing their desired path to career advancement.

Core competencies deemed essential for effective leadership but not addressed during clinical training are explored and nurtured through group and individual coaching in a setting meant to build lasting professional support.

We want to uplift our highly-accomplished and caring women in medicine.

Let the experience of past AMWA ELEVATE participants speak to the value of this program.

“I was walking around in a fog not clear in my goals or boundaries. Having clarity about where I’m going and remembering that I need to stick to what serves my goal and objectives was my number one takeaway.”                     — Lina Millan, MD
ELEVATE was my first leadership course. I was so impressed with the depth of knowledge I gained. And even though I’ve held many leadership roles, I’ve never had any training. I’m far better able to lead and serve because I have all of the tools now. I feel like a rockstar thanks to ELEVATE.” — Simone Wildes, MD
“We had a challenging year at my clinic and ELEVATE became my spine and caused me to really think about who I am. This program is helping me go to the next level both professionally and personally in interactions with people.”                      — Monica Abbi, MD


Fundamentals-1 Begins in April 2023

Applicants accepted for Sessions to Begin in April and October

Apply Now to Reserve a Spot

  Choice of Group Sessions:

          Saturdays @ 10 am ET  April 15, May 13, June 17, July 29, Aug 26, Sept 30
          Tuesdays at 6:30 pm ET  April 11, May 9, June 13 July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26

Course Fee: $3400 (AMWA members)*
Participants may earn up to 18 continuing education credits
[Retail value of the program is estimated at $10500]
* If cost is prohibitive, you may apply for a leadership grant to reduce tuition

Opportunities abound for those who understand change and have the skills to lead. The Master of Medical Management (MMM) program at Carnegie Mellon University teaches these skills to physicians while focusing on three distinctive but related competencies: leadership, strategy, and the management of information. Physicians pursuing AMWA’s ELEVATE program may apply their coursework toward fulfilling the communication/organizational behavior prerequisites for the Master of Medical Management degree.

In the meantime, Expand Your Leadership Skills with AMWA  On-Demand Electives

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Program Director: Tamara Chang, MD
Program Associate Directors: Pamela  Ludmer, MD, MMEL and Teresa Malcolm, MD, MBA, CPE
Program Manager: Jodi Godfrey, MS, RDN, AMWA Deputy Director

 Program Partner

National Hispanic Medical Association

Founding Program Sponsor

Benefits of Participation

In choosing to join the AMWA ELEVATE Certificate in Leadership Fundamentals, you will gain strategies to leverage your strengths during challenging and optimal times, learn to achieve recognition and embrace advancement, conduct crucial conversations, and become an influencer in medicine. Since you are here, you are demonstrating a readiness to make your professional mark. This program positions women physicians to diversity the current leadership pool in medicine and across health care.

Are you ready to:

  • Bring a sense of purpose?
  • Relish the opportunity to elicit the best from others?
  • Contribute to a healthier, more receptive work environment?
  • Make a positive impact as a leader?

By participating in AMWA ELEVATE, you are giving yourself the opportunity to capitalize on your strengths, stretch your capabilities, and build more confidence as you fulfill your potential as a leader.

AMWA ELEVATE Certificate in Leadership Fundamentals is a 6-month program of competency-focused modules, small group professional coaching groups, peer mastermind sessions, individual leadership coaching, and the development of a Leadership Portfolio. This course aims to expand the diversity of women leaders in medicine and healthcare with this 1-of-a-kind comprehensive, accessible, and affordable approach to professional development.

Where Do You Stand in Your Professional Evolution?

By committing to AMWA ELEVATE,  you will gain a greater understanding and self-awareness of your strengths and areas of opportunity for focused growth. This Leadership Certification Course is designed to support critical skills development in 12 core competencies, proficiency in areas of targeted individual need, and the opportunity for feedback and reflection.

Innovative Elements of AMWA ELEVATE:

  • Targeted Modules: On-Demand presentations focus on core competencies deemed essential for every leader.
  • ELEVATE Reflection Workbook: Accompanying each module is a learner guide with reflective prompts to assure participants are able to internalize the competency topic.
  • Small-Group Coaching: You will work with a certified professional leadership coach who will guide your development in a setting that guides you to internalize new concepts and personalize your style and skills with feedback and practice among peers.
  • Leadership Intensive Portfolio: This portfolio will pre- and post-assessments, encompass monthly reflections, identifying your leadership style, stating your Why, and connecting with a sponsor. These elements will be the basis for a demonstration project to illustrate your evolution and growth as a competent lead.
  • Monthly Mastermind peer workgroups
  • Personal (1:1) Coaching: To accelerate individual advancement and augment leadership-building, the AMWA LEADS Leadership Certification program incorporates monthly one-to-one professional leadership coaching to attain the highest level of individualized insight and growth. The value of one-on-one, personalized coaching is invaluable and a worthy personal investment that will allow each person to explore areas to achieve individually focused growth.
  • Reflection-based CME. You’ll have the potential to earn up to 18 Reflection Response credits.

To earn an AMWA ELEVATE Certificate in Leadership for Women Physicians, participants must view all modules, be present in small group discussions, attend the peer group sessions, complete the Leadership Portfolio.


The cost of the course, which includes access to all on-demand modules, facilitated group exploration, a guided workbook, and network-building sessions is $3,400 for AMWA members ($4500 non-members). To gain the fullest experience, 1:1 leadership coaching (individualized, focused monthly coaching sessions with a dedicated coach) assures the fullest growth. (The full retail value of this year-long certification program is estimated more than $12800.


Ultimately, AMWA ELEVATE is planning leadership development at three levels:

1. Fundamentals Series 1

2. Fundamental Series 2



Focus on a deeper exploration into your leadership style and purpose. Aimed to expand your capacity for growth once you’ve had some leadership experience and are ready to advance professionally. Course content will be explored in small group coaching sessions to elicit vital feedback through experiential, interactive simulations, discussion, and considerations of personal style. 

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