Reviews and Testimonials

Here is what LEAD participants are saying about the Program:

“The LEAD program has dramatically changed the way I view myself within the institution. The boost in confidence and the high-level skills I have learned have already opened doors for me within my department.”
Gilberto Salazar, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

“The program has enabled me to obtain focused coaching and mentorship, which has been an invaluable tool to work through the ideas presented in the course and bring them “down to earth” with practical application. The LEAD instructors encourage each member of the class along his/her own individual path. This is not a one size fits all experience. It was well worth the time and effort, and I would recommend it to any junior faculty who is looking to work hard on their leadership capabilities.” Oren Guttman, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

“The LEAD program has provided me with several new practical skills and strategies with which to optimize and direct the running of my clinic, the operation of my laboratory, and the organization and trajectory of my career.  I have already begun to implement these new skills and find myself consciously thinking about them in my daily routine. A highlight of the LEAD program for me has been the one-on-one coaching.” Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

LEAD teaches us about understanding ourselves and identifying our blind spots, so we can become better leaders.

- Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D.

“LEAD shows us how to develop a unique skill set to handle roles we were not trained for, like business manager and psychologist. LEAD teaches us about understanding ourselves and identifying our blind spots, so we can become better leaders.” Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology

“The LEAD Program offers you a better understanding of yourself, others, and the Institution. Without disrupting your other clinical and academic activities, the LEAD Program format covers a rich and diverse list of mandatory topics to anyone aspiring to become a leader or, simply, to work with others. Moreover, the knowledgeable and friendly faculty, staff, and other LEADers transform participation into a gratifying and pleasant experience. I miss our monthly LEAD classes.” Daniel Costa, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

“The LEAD program has been a phenomenal experience! Since starting the program I have acquired a better understanding of myself and coworkers around me as well as what motivates us. With this knowledge, we can be better leaders and team players; working together to make a positive impact on everything we do and every life we change.” Amimi Osayande, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

“The LEAD program has helped me to develop the skills needed to be a more effective leader. I have gained additional knowledge in identifying key attributes needed to manage a team successfully.” Ava Pierce, M.D., FACEP, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

I have been challenged to grow and expand my abilities in all areas of leadership. I believe these skills will allow me to have impact in my field.

- Tracey Wright, M.D.

“The concepts taught through the LEAD program are critical for academic faculty career development. In participating, I have gained new perspective on my career trajectory. I have been challenged to grow and expand my abilities in all areas of leadership. I believe these skills will allow me to have impact in my field.” Tracey Wright, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

“LEAD came at an opportune time for me and it has been useful along several productive dimensions. Thank you for the LEAD idea and venue to present to Dr. Fitz and others at lunch. It was a rare opportunity for all of us and I hope it helped accomplish what you wanted for us and for LEAD. It certainly did from my perspective.” Simon Craddock Lee, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences

“The LEAD program introduced me to a community of outstanding clinicians, researchers, and teachers outside of my own field. Knowing actual people with expertise in complementary fields is critical for success in today’s multidisciplinary medical research world. The LEAD curriculum as well as the interaction with extraordinary colleagues committed to improving their fields was without question the best educational experience I’ve had. I looked forward to every session.” Carrie McAdams, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

I’ve been able to directly apply skills learned through the LEAD program in all aspects of my career.

- Kerry Dunbar, M.D., Ph.D.

“The LEAD program is an outstanding opportunity to learn about leadership, focusing on leadership skills that aren't specifically taught in residency and fellowship training programs. The topics covered in the course are very practical, and I’ve been able to directly apply skills learned through the LEAD program in all aspects of my career, including my research studies, clinical responsibilities, and in education.” Kerry Dunbar, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

“The one-on-one coaching sessions were so helpful that I even called my coach while she was on vacation to run situations by her and get advice. Her dedication was noteworthy and sincere and I hope we can continue to talk offline.” Elisabeth Martinez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

“Dr. Schmid, I just wanted to thank you for your presentation to the LEAD group on Friday, it was excellent, thought provoking, and stimulating. I can’t stop thinking about many of the things that you told us. I’m inspired to change the way I do things.” Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

“LEAD has re-energized me and has reminded me the reason I chose to stay at UT Southwestern.” Pradeep Mammen, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine