Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders - U.S.A. Program

Distinguish Yourself as a Leader!


To decrease health care disparities by increasing the number of underrepresented physicians in academic practice.

Program Background and Description

Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), launched by UT Southwestern’s Office of Faculty Diversity & Development, is a networking and professional development program designed for residents, fellows, and supporting faculty that have been historically underrepresented in medicine, such as Black/African Americans, Latin/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders.

HEAL affiliates attend monthly sessions designed to provide them with key knowledge and skills that are necessary for their career success.

HEAL-USA is a 6-month program designed to further develop and provide underrepresented minority housestaff (residents/fellows) from across the nation with the additional components needed, ideally, for a successful transition into the role of academic faculty.

Program Goals and Requirements

The goal of HEAL-USA is to prepare interested underrepresented minority housestaff in a future career in academic medicine and enhance their knowledge and leadership abilities. To complete the program, HEAL-USA participants must accomplish several requirements:

Webinar Sessions

Participants are required to attend the 6, monthly, webinar sessions. HEAL webinars will be offered virtually and will begin January through June. All sessions will be held in the evening, central standard time zone.

Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL-USA) 2022 Curriculum


Time (Central)

Session Topic

January 19

5:30-7:00pm CST

Welcome to HEAL-USA: Orientation & What is Academic Medicine?

February 23

6:00-7:00pm CST

Mentorship, Sponsorship and Networking

March 23

6:00-7:00pm CST

Beating Burnout

April 20

6:00-7:00pm CST

Crucial Conversations Part 1: Deciding Your Future and Making Tough Choices

May 18

6:00-7:00pm CST

Crucial Conversations Part 2: Managing Conflict & Feedback

June 22

6:00-7:00pm CST

Preparing to Apply

Challenge Assignments

Participants will be given monthly challenge assignments related to the webinars. Challenge assignments are due prior to each live session. If you are unable to complete your challenge assignment on time, we still highly recommend and encourage you to attend the live session.

Coaching Skills Training (Optional)

Christina Ahn, Ph.D., CPCC, ACC, will offer to interested and committed residents/fellows a course in coaching skills. There will be a special interest session offered in January, followed by five (5) monthly sessions for the interested cohort. What is coaching? Coaching facilitates and encourages:

  • Deeper connection with yourself and others
  • Finding solutions you face in the workplace
  • Strategies for improvement in areas that matter to you
  • Better clarity and discovery
  • Enhance your leadership abilities

Coaching Skills Training with Dr. Christy Ahn


Time (Central)


January 20

5:30-6:30pm CST

Coaching Fundamentals and Curriculum Q&A

February 17

5:30-6:30pm CST

Coaching Fundamentals: Part 2

March 24

5:30-6:30pm CST


April 21

5:30-6:30pm CST


May 19

5:30-6:30pm CST

Your Presence Matters

June 16

5:30-6:30pm CST

Putting It All Together and “Coaching Skills Graduation” Celebration

Program Conclusion

In-Person Leadership Seminar - Pending COVID-19 and Institutional Travel Guidelines

We hope that travel and social interactions will be possible in the summer. If so, participants are encouraged, however it is not mandatory, to attend a half day leadership development seminar hosted at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. The seminar is to be held July 2022. More details to come!

Program Completion

  • Upon successful completion of the HEAL-USAprogram, participants will be recognized and awarded a certificate of completion that may be highlighted within their CV and their Program Director and Department Chair will be notified of their accomplishment.
  • Those who also participate and successfully complete the necessary Coaching Skills Training, will have a special emphasis placed upon their certificate.
  • Career development awards in the amount of $500 will also be issued to the top 5 housestaff (residents/fellows) who exceed expectations within the program. The $500 may be used to register for a career development conference of the awardee’s choice.


  • Selected residents/fellows must commit to the necessary requirements in order to successfully complete the program.
  • All Residents and Fellows may enroll. Underrepresented-in-medicine housestaff are highly encouraged to sign up for HEAL-USA.
  • Faculty members in any rank are welcome to participate and join sessions to offer insight to the trainees. Faculty are not required to complete assignments and will not be eligible for the career development award.


  • Interested participants must complete an online enrollment. *We are no longer accepting enrollment for HEAL-USA 2022 at this time. 
  • There are no costs or fees to be a HEAL-USA participant.

Please reach out if you have any questions 

Program Organizers

Dale Okorodudu, M.D.

Dale Okorodudu, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Pulmonary & Critical Care

Carolee Estelle, M.D.

Carolee Estelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

Maryyam Sehgal, MHA

Maryyam Sehgal, MHA

Program Coordinator
Office of Faculty Diversity & Development

Christina Ahn, Ph.D., CPCC

Christina Ahn, Ph.D., CPCC, ACC

Office of Faculty Diversity & Development
Office of Women’s Careers