Women's Leadership Fellows

Preparing the next generation of health science leaders

Group Photo first cohort

While women make up 70% of the health workforce—and comprise more than half of all medical, biomedical, and health science degree graduates—they hold just 25% of senior roles in the field. This gap is reflected in both the United States, where, according to one 2021 study, just 15% percent of health system CEOs are women, as well as in China, where, as recently as 2019, women accounted for only 6% of the academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s premier research organization. In 2022, Michigan Medicine, in collaboration with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), garnered funding from the China Medical Board (CMB) to launch a new program, Preparing and Advancing Women for Leadership in the Health Sciences (PAWLHS). Through focused mentorship, executive coaching, skill-building workshops, and a one-year residency at the University of Michigan, this group of faculty, termed Women's Leadership Fellows, will develop a community of practice that will lead to local programming to benefit women throughout China and beyond.


The CMB Fellows selected for the program spend one year at Michigan Medicine that combines leadership training and a month-long clinical immersion. Participating scholars attend various leadership skills training workshops organized by the UMMS Faculty Development office. In addition, they are paired with an executive coach for 1-on-1 coaching, as well as UMMS mentors aligned with the scholars' relevant clinical and/or research interests. They also participate alongside UMMS faculty in institutional career development and skills training workshops. The weekly sessions led by UMMS experts across a variety of content areas, include:

    • Hospital management and leadership development
    • US healthcare finance and insurance
    • Michigan Medicine research
    • Effective manuscript preparation
    • Grant applications
    • Medical education overview
    • Competency-based medical education curriculum
    • Medical education evaluation and assessment

Finally, scholars conduct three presentations throughout their year-long training, culminating in a final presentation reflecting learning (i.e., a leader's role in change management) that can be shared back to PKUHSC.

Program Overview

Upon completion of the program, the fellows will gain:

  • A better understanding of their own leadership style, and knowledge to identify a leadership style best aligned with their unique context.
  • Practical tools, techniques, and strategies to improve their leadership impact and lead others effectively.
  • Agility to adapt to the changing leadership landscape confidently, and skills and capabilities of a future leader.
  • Access to a network of like-minded professionals, enabling the translation of knowledge, skills, and activities learned at UM into local programming.
  • Ability to translate learnings into personal action upon returning to PKUHSC.


Participating Scholars are selected from Peking University Health Science Center. Scholars are selected because of their:

  • strong educational background;
  • exceptional academic/professional record, as well as English language proficiency to fulfill the program requirements at UMMS;
  • potential for leadership in the health sciences;
  • demonstrated motivation and strong interest in the pursuing leadership in the health sciences, and/or;
  • past experience in a leadership role in a healthcare setting.

Meet the Fellows

Lian Chen

Lian Chen, MD (2023-24)
Associate Chief Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Peking University Third Hospital

Dr. Chen earned her MD from PKUHSC in 2012 and subsequently joined Peking University Third Hospital,  where she is now an Associate Chief Physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the deputy director of Obstetrics. She is an experienced obstetrician with 12 years’ clinical experience in management of high-risk pregnancy. Chen brings 12 years of clinical experience with high-risk pregnancy, consulting on cases, performing obstetrical operations, and managing delivery complications. Her research focuses on postpartum hemorrhage and placenta accreta disorders, and she also has led several quality improvement projects. In 2021, she was selected as one of the first Outstanding Young Doctors of Peking University and Beijing Nova in Science and Technology.

He Huang

He Huang, MD (2023-24)
Attending Doctor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Peking University First Hospital

Dr. He Huang earned her MD from Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017. Since then, she has been serving as a resident, chief resident and attending physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Peking University First Hospital, engaged in clinical and research work as well as teaching interns and residents. She now practices in the field of reproductive endocrinology and pediatric & adolescent gynecology and has dedicated herself to the work of protecting women’s reproductive health. She also holds committee membership in several academic societies, such as International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ). 

Rongxin Xiao

Rongxin Xiao, MD (2023-24)
Attending Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Peking University People’s Hospital

Dr. Xiao received her MD from Peking University in 2022. She is an attending thoracic surgeon and researcher in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Peking University People’s Hospital. Her specialties are video-assisted thoracic surgery and management of pulmonary nodules. Her research focuses on the genomic evolution and immunoediting process of lung adenocarcinoma manifesting as subsolid nodule.