ENDO 2019 Recap: Latin American Leadership Academy Debuts in New Orleans

On March 22, 2019 through an unprecedented partnership with and between six Sanofi offices across Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Pacific and Caribbean, Peru and Uruguay) the Endocrine Society hosted its first Latin American (LATAM) Leadership Academy. Sixty-two clinicians from over 15 countries across South America, Central America, and the Caribbean took part in a one-day leadership training program the day before ENDO 2019.

The 2019 class of the first Endocrine Society Latin American Leadership Academy.

During the program, participants were able to network and learn directly from faculty composed of top endocrine leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, the UK, and the U.S.  Specifically, participants learned about their own leadership style, effective communication, and how to balance clinical and research priorities.

John Bilezikian, MD, leads a group discussion on how to communicate with patients.

“Our first Latin American Leadership Academy was a major success, and I’m excited to see what this group of rising stars in the field will do for the future of endocrinology,” says Endocrine Society president-elect Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who chaired the faculty that developed the training program. “We hope to make this the first of many LATAM Leadership Academy events and to continue furthering our development of global leaders.”

“Our first Latin American Leadership Academy was a major success, and I’m excited to see what this group of rising stars in the field will do for the future of endocrinology.” – Endocrine Society president-elect Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

After the one-day leadership training program, participants – many for the first time – attended ENDO 2019 and during the final day of the congress they had the opportunity to visit the University Medical Center New Orleans for a guided tour and brief presentation from local Endocrine Society members, which provided them with an opportunity to observe how endocrine research and practice is conducted by their American colleagues.

Academy participants stayed and experienced ENDO 2019, many of them for the first time.

The launch of this regionally focused program marks not only an unprecedented partnership between the Society and Sanofi offices across the Latin American region, but also will serve as a model for future programs around the globe.

The Power of Partnership: for the first time ever, Sanofi offices across Latin America came together and partnered with the Endocrine Society to support the launch of the LATAM Leadership Academy. From left to right: Rony Calderon (Sanofi Pacific and Caribbean), Jose Colina (Sanofi Chile), Andrea Espinosa (Sanofi Colombia), Maria Elena Vernal (Sanofi Peru), and Victor Kalpokas (Sanofi Uruguay).

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