Karen Williams, Ph.D., professor and chair of the School of Medicine Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, has been selected to the 2011-2012 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine.
ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing women senior faculty for positions of leadership at academic health centers. Williams is one of 54 women selected to the 17th ELAM class.
Williams joined the School of Medicine in July 2010. She had previously served as a member of the faculty at the UMKC School of Dentistry since 1985 after earning her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from UMKC. She received her Ph.D. in research, measurement and statistics from the University of Kansas, and served as director of the clinical and applied research center at the UMKC School of Dentistry.
She is an experienced researcher specializing in research methodology and statistics, critical thinking, health outcomes research, clinical research, and health-related quality of life studies.
Candidates for the ELAM fellowship must be nominated and supported by the dean or other senior official of their institution. The program includes online assignments and community building activities, three weeklong, in-residence sessions, and an institutional action project designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority. The program concludes in April 2012.