Dr. Lori Boardman, assistant dean of medical education and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has received two prestigious national honors: selection as a fellow for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine and as an editorial board member for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the official journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

ELAM is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. Dr. Boardman is one of 54 fellows, who include M.D.s and Ph.D.s from organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School and Duke University School of Medicine.

As a fellow, Dr. Boardman will participate in three week-long in-residence sessions in Lafayette Hill, PA and conduct an Institutional Action Project involving the College of Medicine and its clinical partners. Through the fellowship, Dr. Boardman said she hopes to enhance her understanding of financial and strategic planning, as well as negotiating for resources and talent in academic medicine. “This is an incredible honor and opportunity to go to that next step and be among and learn from a group of such talented women who have made it to the top of their fields,” she said.

ELAM is a core program of Drexel University’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, housed in the Institute of Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school and a predecessor of today’s Drexel University medical school.

As an editorial board member for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Boardman will begin a four-year commitment to review up to 10 research papers monthly and periodically write editorials and clinical opinion pieces for the journal. Obstetrics and Gynecology reaches over 45,000 members and non-member subscribers and has an impact factor of 4.730, the second highest impact factor out of all 79 reproductive medicine journals.

Dr. Boardman has focused her research on HPV-related diseases of the lower genital tract as well as family planning.  She has been involved with both American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology in establishing national recommendations regarding cervical cancer screening and management of abnormal Pap tests.  She said she hopes to see increases in research across areas of women’s health issues for which outcomes data remains sparse.

An award-winning teacher, Dr. Boardman had the honor of leading students in reciting the Hippocratic Oath at commencement with her father, Dr. Will Boardman, a cardiac specialist who served Central Florida patients for many years.