Tideswell AGS ADGAP National Leadership Development Program

The Tideswell, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Emerging Leaders in Aging Program is for emerging health professions leaders in the field of aging. To meet the current and future needs of our aging society, we require skilled, dedicated and passionate leaders who are prepared to Lead Tidal Change in Aging. It is a time that demands leaders to provide vision, meaning, direction and focus to organizations and health professionals. It calls for leaders ready to Scale Up for Our Future and improve care for older adults.

The Tideswell, AGS, and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program has been designed as a hands-on and practical program for emerging leaders in aging. The program focuses on augmenting and leveraging existing leadership skills relevant to clinical care, research, and education. Our program complements the existing efforts of other leadership programs in aging by focusing on and enhancing leadership skills in emerging leaders. Utilizing principles emanating from the “start-up” culture in technology and innovation, the program builds on pressing challenges that new leaders are experiencing and helps them to develop strategies to address and sustain positive change.

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Applications for the 2018 – 2019 cohort are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is January 8, 2018.

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“I will recommend this program without reservation to colleagues who I believe would benefit. Everything I learned was valuable, useable, and new to me.”

– Leadership Scholar

Current and Past Leadership Scholars

2016 – 2017 Scholars

Clinical Small Group


Dr. Mindy Fain, Advisor

  • Rebecca Rottman-Sagebiel, PharmD – South Texas VA
  • Meredith Greene, MD – UCSF
  • Charlotte Carlson, MD, MPH – On Lok Senior Health
  • Emily Chai, MD – Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Erin Leahy, MD – Baystate Medical Center

Education Small Group


Dr. William Hall, Advisor

  • Timothy Farrell, MD – University of Utah
  • Amit Shah, MD – Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Helen Fernandez, MD, MPH – Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Abigail Holley, MD – Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Carla Bouwmeester, MS, PharmD – Northeastern University
  • Sik Kim Ang, MD – Baystate Medical Center

Research Small Group


Dr. Ted Johnson, Advisor

  • DorAnne Donesky, ANP, PhD – UCSF
  • Ilona Kopits, MD, MPH – Boston University
  • Kelly Trevino, PhD – Cornell University
  • Marcia Mecca, MD – Yale University
  • Alayne Markland, DO, MSc – University of Alabama Birmingham

2015-2016 Leadership Scholars

Clinical Small Group

Dr. Mindy Fain, Advisor

  • Thomas Caprio, MD – University of Rochester
  • Tanya Gure, MD – Ohio State University
  • Lesca Hadley, MD – JPS Health Network, TX
  • Laura Iglesias Lino, MD – Baystate Medical Center
  • Thomas Reske, MD – Louisiana State University

Education Small Group

Dr. Bill Hall, Advisor

  • Benjamin Bensadon, PhD – Florida Atlantic University
  • Jessica Colburn, MD – Johns Hopkins
  • Kevin Foley, MD – Michigan State University
  • Chandrika Kumar, MD – Yale University
  • Brooke Salzman, MD – Thomas Jefferson University

Research Small Group

Dr. Mary Tinetti, Advisor

  • Lindsey Dahl, MD – Sanford/Univ. North Dakota
  • Jeannie Lee, PharmD – University of Arizona
  • Carla Perissinotto, MD – UCSF
  • Elizabeth Vaughan, MD – Emory University
  • Laura Wagner, PhD, RN – UCSF


Three Core Leadership Areas

1 Developing Authenticity

Leadership requires self-awareness and “self-mastery.”
Do you recognize and understand your emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs and motivations, as well as their effect on others? Do you have a clear understanding of your values and goals? What are the opportunities and gaps in your leadership abilities that you could strengthen and develop?

2 Leading Others

Leadership involves leading others.
What motivates others? How can you best communicate and develop a shared vision and strategies? How can you influence and inspire others? How will you empower others to act? How can you manage conflict and lead teams effectively?

3 Scaling for Impact

Leadership calls for creativity and flexibility to change in resource-limited environments.
What positive difference do you want to make? What are the goals, drivers, and strategies that will work? How will you measure progress and outcomes? How can you plan for potential risks/barriers and solutions? How do you “Scale Up” your impact? Who can help you make this change?

Program Structure and Content

The program consists of activities spanning the course of one year, with the anticipation that the community of leaders will remain meaningful colleagues for each other throughout their careers. The program begins with a two-day, in-person workshop in San Francisco, CA, followed by ongoing individual and small group coaching/mentoring sessions by teleconference or videoconference to ensure progress on a Leading Tidal Change Practicum, and culminating with a final in-person meeting in the days preceding the AGS Annual Meeting.

  1. Two in-person meetings
  2. Individualized coaching/mentoring sessions
  3. An individualized professional development plan to enhance effectiveness as a leader
  4. Up to six small group teleconference meetings with senior advisors

Leading Tidal Change Practicum

The practicum will focus on a current and pressing opportunity faced by the scholar at his/her organization. During the program, scholars will identify and implement the goals, action steps, and evaluation strategies needed to address this opportunity and related challenges. The opportunity and potential solution developed and tested will be aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities.

“I wish I had known this information much earlier in life. It would be a valuable part of residency curriculum.”

– Leadership Scholar


Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to the field of aging. Participants will be advanced junior or mid-career health professionals working in a clinical, research, policy or education program. The program seeks rising leaders, including clinical, education, and research program directors.

We welcome applications from health professionals with a career in the field of aging and a leadership role in their organization, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, therapists (PT, OT), and non-clinicians with evidence of training/experience in geriatrics or aging, who are working to develop novel programs to advance the care of older adults.

Applicants must have a local mentor and institutional support for their practicum, professional development, and confirmed release time to attend program meetings.

September 2018 – May 2019 Cohort:

In-Person Meetings:

San Francisco, CA, November 28 – 30, 2018

Portland, OR, April 29 – 30, 2019 preceding the 2019 AGS Annual Meeting

Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 cohort.

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions at Leadership@tideswellucsf.org.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2018.

Program Fee:

$1800 (includes all meals and lodging).
Program fee does not include air travel or ground transportation to and from in-person meetings.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing policy, discovery, clinical care, and education system change in the field of aging.
  • A strong track record reflecting positions of increasing leadership responsibility.
  • Strong institutional support for the applicant and proposed change project.
  • Potential impact of the practicum on the applicant’s career trajectory, including advancement of the individual in the field of aging nationally.

“The content of the learning sessions was top notch. And learning in an environment with new colleagues and esteemed peers was fantastic.”

– Leadership Scholar


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Email us at: Leadership@tideswellucsf.org
Supported by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation