Radiology Faculty Awarded EDI Seed Grant for LIFT-OFF

Department of Radiology faculty and co-founder of the Women in Radiology (WIR) group Dr. Lucy Spalluto has been awarded a $4,000 seed grant from Vanderbilt University’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for “A Leadership Intervention to Further the Training of Female Faculty (LIFT-OFF) in Radiology.”

Developed and implemented by Dr. Spalluto and fellow WIR co-founder Dr. Stephanie Spottswood, LIFT-OFF is designed to provide executive skills and knowledge required for female faculty to achieve academic career success, assume leadership positions, and network with physicians at Vanderbilt and beyond.

“The funding will be used to complete and assess the final educational modules in the two-year program,” said Dr. Spalluto. “Once completed and assessed, LIFT-OFF can serve as a model for women’s faculty development programs within and outside our institution.”

Educational modules of LIFT-OFF include topics on work/life balance, enhancing a CV, conflict management and mastering self-promotion.

The proposal, submitted last month by Dr. Spalluto, was peer-reviewed under EDI’s current review processes, and selected among more than 60 submissions to receive funding.

Dr. George Hill, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-Chancellor of EDI, said initiatives such as LIFT-OFF are essential to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt.

“The interest in this initiative has been rewarding and exciting,” he added.

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Lucy Spalluto, M.D., is awarded a seed grant from Vanderbilt's Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Women in Radiology initiative, LIFT-OFF.