Amy Waer

Waer chosen as Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellow

First among Texas A&M College of Medicine faculty to be selected into prestigious program
May 6, 2020

Amy Waer, MD, FACS, interim dean for Texas A&M College of Medicine and executive dean for Education and Academic Programs, has been chosen to be a Fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women for 2020 to 2021. The ELAM program is a yearlong fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.

The program supports the Fellows in developing the necessary skills required for leading and managing the multifaceted health care environment with leadership training, extensive coaching and networking and mentoring opportunities.

“It is such an honor to be chosen for this program and I cannot wait to start this journey,” Waer said. “I am extremely grateful to be placed in the same group as such wonderful health care leaders.”

Approximately 60 candidates are chosen through a competitive selection process every year. The fellows in the 2020 to 2021 class represent diversity in all aspects, including discipline, ethnicity, age and geography.

Waer is the first ELAM Fellow to be chosen from the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She leads the college around our areas of focus (Clinical, Community, Education and Research) as well as our areas of excellence (Innovation, Military Medicine, and Rural and Population Health).

Waer’s medical interests focus on leadership, surgery, surgical education and breast surgery with an emphasis on breast cancer prevention and early detection. She also has extensive experience in rural health and interprofessional education.

“Dr. Waer is an incredible leader,” said Greg Hartman, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Texas A&M University Health Science Center and vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for The Texas A&M University System. “I am so proud of her for this accomplishment; she represents what is so great about Texas A&M.”

There are currently more than 1,000 ELAM alumnae who serve in various leadership positions, from department heads to university presidents at 257 United States and Canadian programs.

— Gracie Blackwell

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