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Academic Leadership for Residents


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Academic Leadership for residents



Academic Leadership for Residents program is a partnership with the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry. Residents can participate in an experiential internship with AAL that will develop academic leaders and empower them to pursue educational excellence, the application of knowledge and the discovery of ideas that lead to lifelong learning. Open to residents of all healthcare related professions, this program consists of two-phases (3-days each) supplemented by online (web-based) activities. Participants who attend both phases and complete all the activities and projects will be awarded Internship Completion Recognition.


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Providing exceptional quality training and networking opportunities, the program will challenge residents' assumptions about academic careers and expand their horizons with a focus on these objectives:

  1. Acquire knowledge and skills vital for academic leadership
  2. Enhance capacity for teaching and learning
  3. Develop research skills

Competencies & Skills:

  1. Teaching & Learning
    1. Instructional design & course planning
    2. Assessing student competence
    3. Clinical and didactic teaching
    4. Assessing progress toward clinical competency
    5. Motivational interviewing
    6. Evaluating learning styles
    7. Working with students who have challenges
  2. Educational Research
    1. Identify and define a unique research niche
    2. Review and evaluate research and related reports
    3. Research study design and construction
    4. Data collection
    5. Interpretation and evaluation of findings and implications
  3. Academic Leadership & Career Planning
    1. Strategic thinking
    2. Financial management
    3. Collaborations and partnerships
    4. Faculty and staff development and oversight
    5. Negotiation and influence
    6. Conflict management
    7. Interpersonal skills
    8. Emotional intelligence
    9. Work-life balance


Tuition is $1,000, which includes all program materials, continental breakfast, and lunch each day of the program. Tuition payment is due upon acceptance to program.

Application Instructions:

To enroll in the program, interested residents of all healthcare professions should select the appropriate registration button (Dental or Non-Dental) to obtain the application. In addition to a completed application, other requirements are a current resume or CV, recommendation letter from the applicant's program director, and an essay about the resident's interest in academia and career goals. 

The deadline for the completed application and all supporting materials is June 1, 2017. For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator Dr. Marcia Ditmyer at mditmyer@aalgroup.org

Program dates:

Phase I - September 16-19, 2017
Phase II - February 10-13, 2018


University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Marcia M. Ditmyer

Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.C.H.E.S.

Senior Consultant

Rob Jenkins


Senior Fellow

Felicia Tucker-Lively

M.P.H., Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development



This program is supported in part by a grant from HRSA (D88HP28510) Post-Doctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry.


Sameer D. Jain
B.D.S., M.S.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
School of Dentistry

“The Academic Leadership for Residents program provided me step-by-step guidance on how to go about pursuing an academic career. My biggest win from the program was to be able to practice the key virtues of leadership, inspiring me to be a better person. Without a doubt, AAL's residents program is a necessity for anyone who has the slightest inclination to venture into academia.”