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Leadership Institute

The AAAAI Leadership Institute supports the growth, development and success of AAAAI members and offers opportunities to advance their leadership skills by participating in courses and mentored activities through the AAAAI.

The Leadership Institute encompasses two programs:
•    The Leadership Course
•    The Mentorship Program

Julie Wang, MD, FAAAAI                   
Chair, Leadership Institute

Sujani Kakumanu, MD, FAAAAI
Vice Chair, Leadership Institute

Leadership Course

The Leadership Institute Course incorporates instruction in key leadership skills such as negotiation, conflict resolution and goal setting within a one-day course offered each year at the AAAAI Annual Meeting and supplemented by faculty-led online webinars throughout the year. AAAAI members who have completed postdoctoral and fellowship trainings are encouraged to apply.

Course application will open in October 2021.

Past Leadership Course Agendas
2019 Course Agenda
2021 Course Agenda

2021 Schedule of Online Webinars
Managing a Diverse Team
Thursday, May 27 at 5:00 PM CST
Carla Davis, MD, FAAAAI

Conflict Resolution
Friday, June 25 at 7:00 PM CST
Andrew Murphy, MD, FAAAAI

Navigating a Leadership Path in the AAAAI
Monday, September 13 at 7:00 PM CST
James Li, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

Leadership Strategies for Success
Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 PM CST
Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAAAI

Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD, FAAAAI           
Course Director                    

The Feedback Fallacy by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall (American Association for Physician Leadership)

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program recruits a cohort of past Leadership Course participants and pairs the mentee with an AAAAI faculty mentor to develop and complete a project aligned with the strategic initiative of the AAAAI. (AAAAI Strategic Plan) Mentees are often connected with an existing AAAAI committee to complete their project. Existing committees and interest sections information can be found here.

Applications are typically solicited in the fall of each year. Eligible applicants who have completed the Leadership Course are encouraged to apply.

Mentorship Program projects have included workgroup reports, development of educational curriculum, online resources, podcasts, website updates, and outreach programs to improve physician wellness and diversity within the field of allergy / immunology.

Denise A. DiPrimio-Kalman, DO, FAAAAI           
Mentorship Program Director                 

Anil Nanda, MD, FAAAAI
Mentorship Program Workgroup Leader

Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD, FAAAAI           
Mentorship Program Workgroup Leader           

Rebecca Scherzer, MD, FAAAAI
Mentorship Program Workgroup Leader

Leadership Institute News

Leadership Institute Featured in IMPACT
Winter 2021
Fall 2020

Leadership Institute Featured in Conversations from the World of Allergy Podcast
Episode 49: Getting Involved Within the AAAAI
Episode 48: Developing Future Leaders in Allergy / Immunology

If you are interested in the Leadership Institute, email