Certificate in Leadership Essentials
for Women Trainees

An 8-month competency-focused, group coaching program

Meet Your Potential. Seek Possibilities. Achieve Career Satisfaction


As physicians, you are typically viewed as leaders in your community, at the clinic, and by the patients you serve. This is the case even for those of you who have not yet received any formal or specific preparation in leadership development during your residency or fellowship. Moreover, as women physicians, we need to be prepared to handle not just the typical healthcare roles, but also to gain the competencies necessary to more confidently balance our competing demands at home and at work and manage the biases commonly placed on women in medicine, particularly for those in male-centric specialties.

AMWA recognizes the common barriers often experienced by women trainees, and responded with AMWA EVOLVE—A Certification Course in Leadership for Women in Residency. This 8-month program will prepare you to lead with assurance. Through carefully curated competencies, you will gain the knowledge, insights, and assurance to empower you to be the most effective female leader in your chosen path in medicine.


What Can You Expect from this Certificate in Leadership Essentials

AMWA EVOLVE will introduce a monthly self-guided module for each competency area to be explored, discussed, and provided group coaching so you are able to apply the concepts personally. You will attend and participate in a 90-minute facilitated group coaching session once a month from September 2022 to May 2023. As an AMWA EVOLVE participant, you will agree to mentor a small group of medical students as a way to develop your skills and grow as a leader. You will receive plenty of support and guidance through the AMWA Mentorship platform.

AWMA EVOLVE runs from September to May (with January off) and includes an in-person networking session during the annual meeting in March in Philadelphia. Monthly leadership competencies are presented, discussed, and personalized during 90-minute professional physician coaching groups.

Each competency topic will be presented three times each month: 2nd Tuesday or 3rd Wednesday @ 8 pm ET or 4th Saturday at 10:30 am ET, to provide you with plenty of flexibility to attend one session per month.

Participation Commitment

To earn the AMWA EVOLVE Certificate in Leadership Essentials for Women Trainees, you must complete monthly reflections and assessments, attend at least 6 of 8 group sessions, and give back as a mentor by working with a group of medical students for 4 months. This program is available exclusively to AMWA members. JOIN

AMWA EVOLVE Course Fee: $160 
(The retail value of the course fee is estimated to be $5,200).


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Next Cohort to Begin September 2023

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AMWA EVOLVE Leadership Core Competencies

The 8 sessions will cover the following:

What is your Why?

  • Discover your own unique reason/motivation behind your interest or involvement in leadership. Coming back to this in times of stress will help keep you grounded and focused on your values.

Discovering your Strengths

  • What are your personal strengths (leadership and otherwise)? How do you show up as a leader in the most effective and efficient way possible? This topic will utilize your CliftonStrengths assessment to guide the discussion!

Becoming an Authentic Leader

  • How do you lead authentically? Do you experience Imposter Phenomenon—and if so, how can you manage feelings of self-doubt? We will explore these topics and discover how you can stay true to yourself and develop a strong sense of leadership.

Facing Gender Bias, and Microaggressions

  • We’ll take a closer look at common patterns and experiences so you will recognize issues of bias and microaggressions and gain the skills to handle circumstances when it’s directed at you or a peer.

Handling Difficult Conversations

  • How do you approach uncomfortable discussions (like feedback sessions, evaluations, etc)? Do you feel uncomfortable even thinking about these types of conversations? We will take a closer look and discuss some approaches to dealing with these inevitable moments.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

  • As a leader, you will be in the position to both give and receive feedback. How do you know if you are truly listening? Are you receptive? How can these kinds of conversations be done effectively? Effective strategies will be presented and practiced.

Developing Financial Fitness

  • You have debt, and you have dreams. Learn how to manage your money so feel more comfortable making strategic decisions with confidence.

The Art of Negotiating

  • Learning to ask for what you want and get what you deserve is a critical life skill and essential if you are going to navigate the stages of your career so you are confident, satisfied, and growing in a way that suits you.

To Earn a Course Certificate

You commit to and fulfill the requirements for this eight-month virtually:

      • 30-60 minutes to view a prerecorded module in preparation for the facilitated group session
      • 1.5 hours/month in a virtual, group coaching session focused on self-exploration and active learning
      • 2- 60 minute networking sessions–1 virtual and 1 live during the AMWA annual meeting
      • 20 minutes/month to complete personal reflections and evaluations
      • Mentor at least one medical student group (training and resources provided on the AMWA Mentorship Platform).·

Participants who review the on-demand, self-guided videos or readings, complete monthly reflective exercises, attend at least 6 of the 8 monthly group coaching sessions, submit reflections and course assessments, provide at least 4 months of mentorship to a small student group, and submit a thoughtful statement about how the program has influenced you as a leader will be granted the AMWA Certificate in Leadership Essentials for Women Trainees.

AMWA EVOLVE Program Visionaries

Briana Money, DO
Program Director/Co-Founder

Ami Shah, MD
Program Associate Director/Co-Founder
Faculty Course Director/Co-Founder

Marion McCrary, MD
Faculty Program Associate Director/Co-Founder

Jodi Godfrey, MS, RDN
Leadership Programs Manager and Co-Founder


Send Questions/Comments to:  jgodfrey@amwa-doc.org