Culture of Academic Medicine; Mentoring; Faculty Development
MB.BS. (Doctor of Medicine), University of London
Linda Pololi, Senior Scientist, has held medical school faculty positions at Brown University, East Carolina University and the Universities of Illinois and Massachusetts. As professor of medicine she designed and established innovative major courses for medical students and a series of highly successful interdisciplinary faculty development and mentoring programs. As principal investigator and founding director for a U.S. Public Health Service funded National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, she developed and implemented effective model mentoring programs for faculty to promote their advancement into leadership positions and to enhance gender equity in academic medicine. Dr. Pololi’s research and efforts to improve education for students and faculty have emphasized humanizing the learning environment, learner-centered and relationship-based methods to facilitate learning, physician-patient communication, mentoring and multiculturalism. Dr. Pololi is the recipient of numerous grants and contracts. She has served as consultant to medical schools and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Physician Professional Advisory Committee on developing mentoring programs. She is a facilitator with the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare and the Center for Courage and Renewal. Prior to joining the WSRC, she was Vice Chancellor for Education and Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Pololi is the recipient of the 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award.
Dr. Pololi serves as director and PI for the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change. Dedicated to improving the culture of academic medicine through research and action, C - Change aims to promote an inclusive, affirming, relational and energizing working environment for all faculty and trainees, and increase diversity of leadership in academic medicine.
Pololi, Linda. Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine: Perspectives of Women Faculty. Lebanon, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2010.
Pololi, Linda, and P. Conrad, S. Knight, and P. Carr. “A Study of the Relational Aspects of the Culture of Academic Medicine.” Academic Medicine 84 (2009): 106-14.