Association of American Medical Colleges | May 7, 2019


Dr. Sara Kim, Research Professor, Division of General Surgery

Dr. Sara Kim, Research Professor, Division of General Surgery, has been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for her significant contributions to the AAMC’s Leadership Development Programs.

“Dr. Kim is currently serving as both a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program Advisory Committee member and a faculty member for a variety of our leadership programs. Recently, she facilitated a highly effective session for our LEAD faculty team on the topic of conflict management. Her engaging facilitation style and mastery of the subject matter created a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The AAMC is grateful that Dr. Kim will soon be delivering a similar session at our first-ever leadership program for medical students, as well as the AAMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting (Learn, Serve, Lead) and our flagship leadership seminar for new Department Chairs and Associate Deans.”

Dr. Kim’s reflects, “I am deeply appreciative that Christina Tushman, Director of Leadership Development, at AAMC reached out to collaborate with me around conflict management training targeting new and experienced leaders in academic medicine. The work I have been privileged to carry out in this domain was borne out of a significant workplace conflict I endured over a decade ago. My probing into the sources of the conflict with curiosity led me to form a rich partnership with many colleagues across UW Medicine. Without their collaboration and support, the current training and research programs would not have been realized.”

Dr. Kim’s expertise on leadership, and the topic of conflict management in particular, is very much needed in today’s complex and changing healthcare environment.