President and Chief Executive Officer Search

AAIM President and Chief Executive Officer Search

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce it is accepting candidate nominations for AAIM’s next President and Chief Executive Officer (President). The President serves as AAIM’s primary representative to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including aligned academic and medical professional societies, certifying and accrediting organizations, national leaders in undergraduate and graduate medical education, and other organizations which support the advancement of AAIM’s mission and vision. The President is responsible for the overall fiscal and strategic performance of AAIM and ensures the development and execution of the strategic plan. The President serves as an ex-officio member of the AAIM Board of Directors and is the senior staff executive.

Our Mission

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) promotes the advancement and professional development of its members who prepare the next generation of internal medicine physicians and leaders through education, research, engagement, and collaboration.

Our Vision

Academic internal medicine, as the home of medical education and research, is the generator of innovation for health care, now and for the future.

AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) is committed to promoting and championing diversity, equity and inclusion as a strategic imperative in support of academic internal medicine physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training.

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Our Strategic Plan: FY2021 to FY2024

The next President and CEO will join AAIM at an exciting time in the organization's history. AAIM has embarked on an ambitious strategic plan, committed to driving innovation across the continuum of medical education, transformation in faculty and leadership development, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across academic internal medicine. AAIM continues to serve as a convener and collaborator with key partners and stakeholders. The AAIM Board of Directors approved the new Strategic Plan in September 2020 with a charge to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion to be the foundation from which we launch all initiatives. The plan has two main goals with three initiatives under each goal area. 

Strategic Goal One

AAIM will provide transformational professional development to physician and administrative leaders in academic internal medicine.

Strategic Goal Two

AAIM will redesign the transitions across the continuum of internal medicine education.

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Ideal Candidate Attributes

  • A strategic, mission-oriented, and highly respected physician leader
  • A trusted and recognized thought leader in academic internal medicine, with a record of demonstrated success in strategy development and execution in areas critical to internal medicine faculty and administrators including the medical education continuum, research, clinical care and professional development
  • Direct experience engaging and guiding nonprofit boards, councils and other governing groups
  • Experience as an active voice in national medical education or internal medicine issues and policy, including advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in internal medicine
  • Demonstrated success as a business executive or leader with extensive experience overseeing a sizeable professional staff within a medical school, academic medical center, community-based teaching hospital or similarly complex, mission driven organization
  • Ability to travel on behalf of AAIM, represent AAIM publicly, including with media, and
  • Current or past leadership involvement in AAIM or one of its founding member organizations is preferred

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How to Apply

All nominations, inquiries and complete nomination packages should be forwarded directly Ms. Polhemus and Mr. Schroetlin at AAIMPresident@wittkieffer.com. Complete nomination packages should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a separate statement of the candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Candidates are welcome to self-nominate. Interested parties may also contact the WittKieffer team by telephone at (630) 575-6972.

Search Process

In 2015 the AAIM Board of Directors engaged WittKieffer, a global executive search firm with 50 years of experience serving organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life. AAIM’s search process is being led by Senior Partner Rachel Polhemus, based in the Washington, DC office and Senior Partner Jeffrey Schroetlin, based in the Chicago, IL office. Ms. Polhemus and Mr. Schroetlin have 15 and 20 years’ experience respectively leading executive search efforts.

The AAIM Board has appointed a separate President and CEO search committee chaired by former AAIM Board Chair L. James Nixon, MD, MPH. The search committee will work with the WittKieffer team to review all applicants, conduct interviews, and make recommendations to the board for final interviews.

All nominations, inquiries and complete application packages should be forwarded directly Ms. Polhemus and Mr. Schroetlin at AAIMPresident@wittkieffer.com. Complete application packages should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a separate statement of the candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Candidates are welcome to self-nominate. Interested parties may also contact the WittKieffer team by telephone at (630) 575-6972.

Search Committee

L. James Nixon, MD, MHPE
Chair

CDIM

Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD

APM

Donna J. Astiz, MD

APDIM

G. Dodd Denton, MD, MPH

CDIM

Monica Fawthrop

AIM

Sara B. Fazio, MD, FACP

CDIM

James D. Marsh, MD

APM

Kevin M. McKown, MD

ASP

Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS

AIM

Alwin F. Steinmann, MD, FACP

APDIM

Abraham Thomas, MD, MPH

ASP

Search Timeline


November 10, 2021
Application Deadline 
Mid-November 2021
Formal review of candidates
Early December 2021
Interviews with selected candidates
February 2022
Finalist(s) present to full AAIM board
April 2022
Announcement of new president and CEO



Contact AAIM HR

Contact the AAIM human resources office:

Director of Human Resources
Nancy Dernelle, MA
ndernelle@im.org