Contact

lpololi@brandeis.edu

Research Areas

Culture of Academic Medicine; Mentoring; Medical Faculty; Faculty Development; Women in Academic Medicine; Underrepresented in Medicine Minority Faculty 

Education

MB.BS. (Doctor of Medicine), University of London 

FRCP, Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (UK) 

Links

National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C-Change

Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine - Perspectives of Women Faculty

Linda Pololi

Linda Pololi

Linda Pololi

Linda Pololi, Senior Scientist, is nationally recognized for her extensive research and innovative contributions to the professional and personal development of faculty in academic medicine, including women and underrepresented minority groups. She developed - and is a leading proponent of - an evidence-based collaborative group approach to mentoring that is predictably reliable in facilitating career enhancement for medical faculty. Her recent multi-institutional research on the academic medical environment showed the importance of the “culture” to faculty vitality (the topic of her recent book), challenging academic leaders to be change agents. 

A graduate of the University of London Middlesex Hospital Medical School, she has held faculty and administrative positions at the Universities of Illinois, East Carolina, Brown, and Massachusetts, where she was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for education. 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. A recipient of numerous grants and contracts, she serves as consultant to many medical schools. Formerly the principal investigator and founding director for the U.S. Public Health Service-funded National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine at ECU, she is presently the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine (C - Change) at Brandeis University.

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 to increase diversity of leadership in academic medicine. Dr. Pololi is the recipient of the 2011 AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Current Projects

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.

Representative Publications

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.