Dr. Amalia Issa from the University of the Sciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy attended the 2012 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) held on July 19-22, 2012, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Ga. CAAMP is an interprofessional, open-enrollment course designed for administrative leaders in health professions education. The program focuses on imparting the skills required by individuals in these positions so they can balance the demands and priorities they face, while meeting the needs of their institutions, departments, and academic programs.
"I found the Academy for Academic Leadership program's continued education valuable in providing an opportunity to learn more best practices and strategies for leading a department," said Dr. Issa, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health.
CAAMP was created in 2009 by the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) to address the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by department chairs and academic administrators within colleges and schools of the health professions where responsibilities often extend to the oversight of clinical and patient care services and externally funded research initiatives. Since its inception, over 200 department chairs and academic administrators have participated in CAAMP.
“The greatest challenge to chairs is to continue the forward vision and to maintain, at the highest levels, mission-critical activities in the face of burgeoning budget pressures,” said Dr. Hershey Bell, AAL senior consultant, and vice president for academic affairs, aean of the School of Pharmacy, professor of family medicine, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA.
“Chairs have to make tough decisions relative to programs and people. In order to be effective, they have to possess an absolute grasp on organization mission, vision, and strategic thinking. And they need to be able to communicate their decision-making to faculty and staff effectively.”
Commenting on the interprofessional nature of CAAMP, Dr. Karl Haden, AAL president, observed, “In today’s health care system, interprofessional collaboration grows in significance. Those in the health professions must know how to communicate across professional borders to achieve quality health care for patients.”
The Academy for Academic Leadership, (AAL) is committed to personal, professional, and organizational transformation. Since 2005, AAL has provided customized professional development, leadership training, and consulting services for more than 100 higher education institutions throughout the world. For more information on AAL, visit www.academicleaders.org.