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MCW To Host Pioneering Advocate For Women In Science And Microbiologist

Milwaukee, Oct. 21, 2019 – The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host Page Morahan, PhD ’69, MS, founding director and research director of the Headwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women (ELAM), professor emerita at Drexel University and founding co-director of the Foundation of International Medical Education and Research on Monday, October 21 at 3:00 pm CST.

Dr. Morahan was the first female graduate of MCW’s microbiology program and has gone on to an impressive career as a microbiologist and the founder of ELAM, a nationally and internationally recognized program. The ELAM program is a year-long part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,000 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.

Dr. Morahan will be presenting to MCW students and faculty on gender equity in science leadership, strategic career development and leadership training at MCW’s Milwaukee campus.

Dr. Morahan has many accomplishments. Her scientific productivity is extraordinary: a prolific author, she has published 182 peer-reviewed papers (116 microbiological, 66 educational) plus 52 career columns and other document essays, for a total of 234 publications. She has served on a variety of committees and taskforces of the National Board of Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, National Institutes of Health, and American Society for Microbiology. She was an American Council on Education Fellow and has participated in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program, as well as obtained certification in several organizational and personnel developmental processes. Dr. Morahan continues to conduct research in design, implementation, and evaluation of leadership development programs; strategic career planning; faculty affairs, changing academic culture to embrace an expanded definition of research and scholarship; and advancement of women. She has directed numerous governmental and foundation grants in both biomedicine and education.

Dr. Morahan has been honored with an NIH Research Career Development Award, an Association of American Medical Colleges' Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award, The Network Annual Leadership Award from the American Council on Education Office of Women in Higher Education, and the Distinguished Career Award from Agnes Scott College. She has been elected to the following honorary organizations: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Fellow in American Women in Science. University and society honors include: The Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence, the Eli Abrutyn, M.D. Mentoring Award from Drexel University College of Medicine; and the Elizabeth W. Bingham Mentoring Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of American Women in Science. Dr. Morahan is a Founding Member of the Orchard Artworks cooperative gallery in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania where she has exhibited photographic art since 2001. In 2019 the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association named Dr. Morahan Graduate School Alumna of The Year.

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