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Dr. Mylona honored for contributions to medical education

Story Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:35:00 CST

A national organization dedicated to enhancing medical education has honored Elza Mylona, PhD, EVMS Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, with its highest award.

The Servant Leadership Award is given by the Generalists in Medical Education (TGME) to a person who has advanced the mission of medical educators and who exhibits the characteristics of a “servant-leader,” as described in a 1970 essay by Robert Greenleaf. It reads:

“The servant-leader is servant first. … It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first. …The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.”

The TGME Steering Committee selected Dr. Mylona for the award because of her efforts to establish and improve faculty-development programs that cultivate excellence. She launched the first institutional mentoring program for junior clinical faculty, and she has served in leadership roles in a variety of professional associations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges groups on Educational and Faculty Affairs, the Association of Medical Education in Europe and TGME.

“Dr. Mylona’s insight and guidance are helping faculty members fully realize their potential,” says Richard Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine. “As a result, they are better equipped to train students and residents and to lead in the field of academic medicine.”

Dr. Mylona joined EVMS in the spring of 2013, having previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Stony Brook University Medical School.

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