APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD)

APPD LEAD is a nationally recognized program that provides a unique opportunity for pediatric academic leaders in medical education to engage and learn from seasoned program directors, pediatric educators, and other national leaders in pediatrics.

The LEAD curriculum focuses on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration, scholarship and career development. The curriculum is paced over three educational conferences, with additional group activities, readings and project work expected between conferences.

APPD is excited to announce that the call for applications to APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD) is now open. Application information, instructions and online forms can be found on APPLY2LEAD.

APPD LEAD is an approximately nine-month educational program that provides outstanding training for educators aspiring to develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance leadership skills in medical education. The program features:

  • Three educational conferences
  • Curriculum focusing on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration and scholarship and career development
  • Nationally recognized faculty with significant experience in program leadership and medical education
  • Peer group activities and support
  • A mentored educational project
  • Certificate given at the completion of all program-required elements

Prerequisites for Participation

  • Member of APPD
  • Minimum three years of educational leadership experience as Program Director, Associate Program Director, Fellowship Director, Associate Fellowship Director, Clerkship Director
  • LEAD year should not overlap with being in first year of new leadership role
  • Commitment of Department Chair for $5,500 program fee, travel expenses, and time to attend meetings and complete assignments
  • Commitment of applicant to attend all meetings, complete between meeting assignments, participate in between meeting email discussions and team conference calls, and develop and implement a mentored educational project

The application process is web-based and requests:

  • Applicant contact information
  • Description of educational role(s)
  • Personal Statement addressing career goals in medical education and how participation in APPD LEAD could help meet those goals
  • Statement of commitment to participate actively and complete the program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Support from Chair of department
  • Letter of recommendation from a more senior individual involved in medical education at your institution

Application timetable

  • February 5, 2018 - Application system opens
  • April 20, 2018 - Application deadline
  • May 18, 2018 - Applicants notified of status

Complete application instructions and requirements, FAQs, meeting dates and more are available by clicking on APPLY2LEAD.

For further information, send an email to

Participants in Cohort 6 - Click to Open

Sofia Aliaga, MD, MPH
UNC Pediatrics

Bindiya Bagga, MD
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Jennifer Barker, MD
Children's Hospital / University of Colorado

Sabrina Ben-Zion, MD

Alyssa Bogetz, MSW
Stanford University School of Medicine

Claudia Boucher-Berry, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago

Natalie Burman, DO
Naval Medical Center-San Diego

Jennifer Duncan, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

Kristen Glass, MD
Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jamika Hallman-Cooper, MD
Emory University / Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Sarah Hilgenberg, MD
Stanford University – LPCH Pediatric Residency Program

Howard Hsu, MD
Children's Hospital & Medical Center

M. Jawad Javed, MD
University of Illinois / Children's Hospital of Illinois

Stewart Mackie, MD
Baystate Children's Hospital

Catherine Distler Michelson, MD, MMSc
Boston University School of Medicine

Ross Newman, DO, MHPE
Children's Mercy Kansas City

Suzanne Reed, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University

Candace Smith-King, MD
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital/MSU/Spectrum Health

Mark Vining, MD
Umass Memorial Medical Center

Mary Beth Wroblewski, MD
University of Toledo


The APPD LEAD Council, those individuals who are responsible for developing and delivering curriculum to APPD LEAD, includes the following APPD members:

APPD LEAD Council Members - Click to Open

Su-Ting T. Li MD, MPH (2016 - 2019) Chair
Vice Chair for Educ Peds Dept/Residency Prog Dir
Univ of California, Davis, Medical Center
2516 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-2428
Fax: (916) 734-0342

Marsha Anderson MD (2017 - 2020)
Associate Program Director
Univ of Colorado/Residency Program
13123 E. 16th Ave, Med Educ B015
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-6877
Fax: (720) 777-7295

Hilary Haftel MD, MHPE (2012 - 2019)
Assoc Chair for Education
1500 E. Medical Ctr Dr, D3227 MPB/SPC 5718
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5718
Phone: (734) 615-1688

Richard Mink MD, MACM (2018 - 2021)
Dir, Ped Critical Care Fellowship
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr, Ped Critical Care Div
1000 W. Carson Street, Box 491
Torrance, CA 90509-2910
Phone: (310) 222-4008
Fax: (310) 320-2271

Richard P. Shugerman MD (2015 - 2019)
Vice Chair, Faculty Development; Dir, Regional Education/Prof, Dept of Peds
Seattle Children's Hosp/U of Washington
4800 Sand Point Way NE, OC.7.830
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 987-2688
Fax: (206) -206

Rebecca R. Swan MD (2016 - 2020)
Director, Vanderbilt Pediatric Residency Program
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2200 Children's Way, 8160 DOT
Nashville, TN 37232-9760
Phone: (615) 322-3023
Fax: (615) 343-4655

Robert J. Vinci MD (2017 - 2020)
Chair, Dept of Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center
771 Albany St, Dowling 3 S, Rm 3509,
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 414-7424
Fax: (617) 414-3833

Linda Waggoner-Fountain MD, MEd (2012 - 2019)
Program Director
Univ of Virginia Dept of Peds, Div of Inf Dis
PO Box 800386/Hosp Dr 4th Flr Barringer/#4224
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 982-1925
Fax: (434) 982-4246

APPD LEAD Inaugural Council Members - Click to Open

R. Franklin Trimm MD, Chair
Univ of South Alabama Peds Res Prgrm

Susan Bostwick MD
New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell

Grace L. Caputo MD, MPH

Phoenix Children's Hospital

John G. Frohna MD, MPH
University of Wisconsin

Hilary Haftel MD, MHPE
University of Michigan Program

Su-Ting T. Li MD, MPH

Univ of California, Davis, Medical Center

Linda Waggoner-Fountain MD, MEd
Univ of Virginia Dept of Peds, Div of Inf Dis

APPD LEAD Council Secure Webpage

APPD LEAD Cohort Secure Webpage