Friend. Spouse. Mother. Sister. Daughter. Confidant. Nurse. Administrator. Researcher. Resident. Doctor.
Women at Michigan Medicine hold many titles in their personal and professional lives. But for some, being represented in medicine hasn’t always been easy.
Kelly Malloy, M.D., an associate professor of otolaryngology and associate chief clinical officer of the surgical sub-segment at University Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center, notes the power of mentorship and working with fellow women to help them reach their goals and be represented in medicine.
“Now that I am in a leadership position, I try to use the relationships that I have built to connect younger women to opportunities and to other leaders that might help them develop their careers.”
International Women’s Day serves as reminder to celebrate the many women that lead Michigan Medicine into the future of medicine. The Michigan Health Lab asked a few female leaders how they’re each empowering the next generation of women.
“We strive to build a supportive and inclusive culture that values our women leaders and enables them to thrive. We do this through mentorship, sponsorship, coaching, programmatic support, professional development, and identification of leadership opportunities. By investing in our workforce, we are filling the pipeline with exceptional women who are empowered to make a lasting impact at Michigan Medicine and beyond.”
Bradford is the executive vice dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School, and chief academic officer and a professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Michigan Medicine.
“I focus heavily on asking women: asking them to apply for a leadership position, asking them to consider an area of professional development and asking them how I can help them achieve their goals.
In my early career I found that I was not always asked to consider certain opportunities, and that definitely impacted my tendency to apply for a new role or raise my hand for a project. Sometimes I just did not feel seen, and it was hard to change that on my own.
Now that I am in a leadership position, I try to use the relationships that I have built to connect younger women to opportunities and to other leaders that might help them develop their careers. It is a balance of asking women what they are interested in and always being on the lookout for opportunities for them. Asking someone to consider a new opportunity conveys to them that you think they are capable and talented, and might just be the first step to developing a future leader.”
Malloy is an associate professor of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, and associate chief clinical officer of the surgical sub-segment at University Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center at Michigan Medicine.
“I was mentored by Carol Bradford, M.D., who modeled commitment, availability, openness, high expectations and collaboration. I try to do the same for my mentees. I believe not just in mentorship but also sponsorship, which means actively identifying opportunities, growing capabilities and building the reputations of my mentees. I believe in lifting up these upcoming leaders in medicine.”
McKean is the division chief for Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, as well as an associate professor of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and the program director for the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at Michigan Medicine.