University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Leadership Program Instructors

Beth Schermer

Beth Schermer, JD
Specialist, Professional Resource Office

Beth Schermer

Rosmarie Christfolo, JD
Specialist, Professional Resource Office

Program Goals

  • Develop a Community of UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Leaders – Foster the integration, development and enrichment of current salaried and non-salaried faculty leaders who are part of the College of Medicine – Phoenix community.
  • Enhance Essential Skills to Lead the College of Medicine – Phoenix in Its Next Phase – Develop a faculty cohort with strong and effective leadership, communication and change navigation skills, who are well prepared to lead the next phase of the College's growth. This cohort will also foster collaboration with the College's educational, research and clinical partners, consistent with the mission and pillars of the the College of Medicine – Phoenix's Strategic Plan.
  • Instill and Reflect Academic Identity and Professionalism: Reflect the academic identity of the College's Leadership and reinforce the foundation of strong positive professionalism in all aspects of the academic community.

Educational Objectives

  • Leadership Skills – Expand skills for effective team leadership, communication, work group alignment, change navigation and problem solving, as well as skills for career advancement and expanded professional opportunities.
  • College of Medicine – Phoenix Culture and Climate – Apply leadership skills to model and foster a culture of professionalism, academic identity, humanism, reflective practice and the pursuit of excellence at College to prepare students, residents, fellows and peer faculty members to fully engage and lead in the evolving health care and academic medicine world.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Recognize individual diversity and develop skills to promote an inclusive educational, research and clinical environment at the College.
  • Sustainability – Provide resources and tools to enhance awareness and skills development designed to create sustainable and professionally satisfying career paths as leaders in the College of Medicine—Phoenix community.

Work Sessions and Executive Coaching

The 2020 Leadership Program will run from January to June 2020 and will include five group work sessions and five individual executive coaching sessions.

  • Session 1: Program Orientation – During this three-hour session, participants will identify common themes, individual goals and the nature of academic identity at the college. This session will also include an active discussion on diversity and inclusion at the college and the role of leadership in advancing a culture of professionalism and inclusion.
  • Session 2: Foundation for Leadership – This 1.5-day work session (afternoon/evening session and full day following) will provide a framework for leadership and addressed what drives individual behavior, the elements of high-achieving work groups and teams, individual leadership styles and setting and achieving ambitious goals.
  • Session 3: Career Advancement and Mentoring – This half-day session will provide strategies and practical resources to support career advancement at the college. It also focused on the role and function of mentoring and practical steps to advance student and peer mentoring at the College.
  • Session 4: Effective Communication – This one-day work session on communications presents a deep dive into individual communication preferences — how to receive and provide information effectively in light of varied communication preferences, as well as how to handle conflict and minimize miscommunication.
  • Session 5: Momentum – Applied Skills to Bridge Organizations and Sites – Participants will began this half-day work session with a learning component focusing on leading through change. The group then worked together to apply leadership skills to leading teams across organizations and sites and effectively addressing differing expectations, incentives and cultures.


  • Online Assessments – Each participant will take three individual assessments. The first assessment provides individualized data to participants on what drives their workplace behavior. The second focuses on leadership behaviors. The third provides insight into individual communication styles and preferences.

College of Medicine – Phoenix Leadership Program Participants

2018-2019 Cohort (Current)

Glen Fogerty, PhD
Associate Dean, Admissions and Recruitment, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Emily Mallin, MD
Director of Education, Department of Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Ankur Mishra, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Deveroux Ferguson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Taben Hale, PhD|
Associate Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Kevin Hirsch, MD
Interim Department Chair, Radiology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Banner – UMC Phoenix

Lisa Shah-Patel, MD
Director, Career and Professional Advising; Student Affairs
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Will Heise, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Family, Community and Preventive Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Vasu Bhavaraju, MD
Residency Program Director, Child Health Phoenix Children's Hospital 

Johnny Lifshitz, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Child Health, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Natasha Keric, MD
Clerkship Director, Surgery, Banner – UMC Phoenix

Jennifer Preston, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery, Banner – UMC Phoenix

COM-P Leadership Program Graduates

2015-2016 Cohort Graduates

Christina R. Bergin

Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine,

Director Electives

Jonathan Zed Cartsonis

Director, Rural Health Professions Program

Rebecca E Fisher

Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Director,

Gross Anatomy Lab

Lisa M. Grimaldi

Associate Professor, Child Health, Student Advisor

Kurt E. Gustin

Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences

Susan Kaib

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Linda Robin Nelson

Pre-Clinical Block-RDG; Director FacultyDevelopment

Cynthia Standley

Professor, Basic Medical Sciences

Brigham C Willis

Associate Professor, Child Health

Chief Medical Education Officer and Designated Institutional Official

Graham Kerr Whitfield

Assistant Professor, Basic Medical Sciences

Teresa Wu

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine,

Director Simulation Curriculum

Tina L Younger

Assistant Professor, Director Internal Medicine Clerkship

COM-P Leadership Program Graduates

2014-2015 Cohort Graduates

Katie Brite
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine Clerkship

Tara Cunningham

Former Assistant Dean, Admisssions/Recruiting

Rayna Gonzales

Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences

Jennifer Hartmark Hill

Assistant Professor, Director Capstones, Program Director,

Community Faculty Development

Cheryl O'Malley

Interim Vice Dean, Academic Affairs

Christine Savi

Assistant Professor, Director, Assessment/Evaluation

Paul Standley

Associate Dean, Curricular Affairs and Evaluation

Karen Restifo

Former Associate Dean Student Affairs

Erin Nelson

Assistant Professor, Director Behavioral Science Theme

Matthew McEchron

Professor, Director Scholarly Projects

Jennifer Allie

Former Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs/Development

Maria Manriquez-Sanchez

Interim Associate Dean, Clinical Curricular Affairs,

Director Pathways Program