The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is pleased to announce the launch of our newest leadership program,
Growth and Leadership Opportunity for Black Electrophysiologists (GLOBE).
HRS is the leading membership society and the voice for the electrophysiology ecosystem. Our membership boasts nearly 7,500 practitioners in more than 90 countries. Despite tremendous growth in the numbers of electrophysiologists (EPs) entering the field, the number of Black EPs remains disproportionately low.
Black EPs have traditionally been underrepresented at the executive level within the healthcare ecosystem. Furthermore, representation of Black EPs at national heart rhythm-related symposia and meetings, research consortia, and in heart rhythm related publications is unbalanced. In health care, this underrepresentation has implications for improving inclusivity and decision-making, for addressing issues related to access and well-being among underserved communities. This underrepresentation not only impacts the well-being of communities, but it also impacts the well-being of our organization.
This lack of diversity within the EP field presents an opportunity to drive change from within our organization. Our objective is to close this unwanted diversity gap. GLOBE is an executive-level leadership program, expertly curated to support the needs of Black EPs while developing opportunities to increase their visibility within their institutions and the EP ecosystem at large.
GLOBE will provide black electrophysiologists access to peer-to-peer networking, subject matter experts, and coaching to enhance their career trajectory.
As the leading organization for EP leaders, the value of being a part of this career shaping experience is unparalleled.
Program Eligibility & Commitment
GLOBE offers electrophysiologists who identify as Black, the opportunity to enhance their leadership and career development skills through education, coaching, and building professional networks. GLOBE will be delivered as a cohort-based, one-year program that focuses on leadership training, face-to-face networking opportunities, and educational sessions which will provide the knowledge and skills needed to enhance the path of leadership within HRS and academic or private practice medicine. The 2024-2025 GLOBE program is led by Chair Camille G. Frazier-Mills, MD, MHS, CCDS and Vice Chair Jonathan Chrispin, MD.
The 2024-2025 GLOBE Schedule:
- May 16, 2024: Session and gathering at Heart Rhythm 2024(expenses not covered by HRS)
- Summer 2024: Online Meet-Up/Webinar
- September 4-5, 2024: Leadership Retreat at HRX in Atlanta, GA (expenses covered by HRS)
- November 2024: Webinar
- February 1-2, 2025: Winter Huddle
- April 2025: Session and gathering at Heart Rhythm 2025 (travel expenses to meeting not covered by HRS)
Complete applications consist of four criteria:
- A completed online application, which includes background and contact information, leadership experience in organized medicine and/or the community, and a 250-word written personal statement describing your healthcare passions and leadership goals.
- A letter of reference from colleagues (ie: fellow physicians, section leader, division chief, program director, senior administrator other care team members) that speaks to the applicant's leadership performance or potential and commitment to continued development.
- A current CV.
Note: Each of the criteria above must be included/uploaded with the online application. The system will not accept an application without the required files. Please do not email any materials directly.
Applications are evaluated by HRS' GLOBE Chair and Vice Chair. They make their selections based on a variety of metrics, taking into consideration that the candidate has exhibited a commitment to leadership development over time and desires to invest time and energy into further developing their leadership skills. The GLOBE Chair and Vice Chair reserve the right to decline application(s) based on its sole and absolute discretion.
Applications for the 2024-2025 GLOBE class will open on January 2, 2024 and close on January 31, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their application status by March 22, 2024.
Contact Ashley Martinez at GLOBE@hrsonline.org
Bosede Afloabi, MD, FHRS
Hakeen Ayinde, MD, MS
Kelvin Bush, MD, CCDS
Godefroy Chery, MD
Ijeoma Ekeruo, MD, FHRS
Brittany Heard, MD
Sami Idris MBBS, MD, CEPS-A
Latoya Linton-Frazier, MD, MS
Ogundu Ngwu, MD
Niailah Ochai, DO
Amole Ojo, MD, FHRS,
Eze Okeagu, MD, MPH
Samuel Omotoye, MD, FHRS
Kofi Osei, MD, MSci
Mohamed Salim, MD, CEPS-A
GLOBE 2023 Retreat
Empowering Excellence: GLOBE Leadership Retreat
The GLOBE Leadership Retreat marked the first in-person assembly of the inaugural cohort of the GLOBE program. GLOBE, a visionary executive-level leadership initiative, is meticulously tailored to meet the unique needs of Black Electrophysiologists (EPs). More than that, it seeks to elevate their visibility within their institutions and the broader EP ecosystem.
Imagine a gathering of some of the brightest minds in electrophysiology, a place where leadership potential ignites, resilience thrives, and diversity fuels innovation. That's precisely what happened at the inaugural GLOBE Leadership Retreat, a groundbreaking event that unfolded during the HRX Conference on September 20-21, 2023.
Bridging the Gap Between Clinical Expertise and Leadership Excellence
Designed to bridge the gap between clinical training and effective leadership, this 1.5-day retreat empowered GLOBE participants to unlock their leadership potential. It was an immersive experience guided by certified professionals who masterfully curated sessions that covered critical aspects of leadership. Let's explore the sessions that are shaping today's leaders, who are already making a difference through their participation in the program.
Mastering Leadership and Self-awareness
In this eye-opening session, Ruth Reiner, an esteemed expert, led participants on a journey of self-discovery. We all have a view of ourselves as leaders, but is it accurate? Are we overestimating our strengths or perhaps being overly critical? Ruth introduced the Hogan personality assessment, a powerful tool that reveals how others perceive us in different situations—our best and worst moments.
Understanding this perception is key to enhancing self-awareness, a cornerstone of effective leadership. Participants received their Hogan assessment results, gaining invaluable insights into their reputation and how it influences career success. Moreover, they learned how to translate these insights into actionable steps for professional development.
Cultivating Your Personal Style for Professional Excellence
Betty Parker, a seasoned leadership coach, took participants on a deep introspective journey. What's your leadership style? How do people experience you? The answers to these questions can be transformative.
The session began with participants defining their leadership style, a pivotal moment in enhancing self-awareness. As leaders, defining your style not only helps you understand your impact on others but also fosters better connections. These connections lead to loyalty, high performance, and overall greater productivity. It all starts with the desire to become a better leader, colleague, and individual.
Becoming self-aware requires three life-changing actions, and participants explored these actions in depth. They identified their greatest qualities and their most challenging habits, leaving the session with valuable steps to becoming leaders their teams support and appreciate. It was a journey toward using personal style to improve workplace performance.
Thriving in Electrophysiology
Electrophysiologists are at the forefront of cardiac care, influencing the patient journey profoundly. Dr. Sam Sears, an expert in self-care and well-being, presented a session that was paramount to the participants' professional satisfaction.
The session aimed to equip the cohort with strategies to recognize and manage the primary stressors and manifestations of burnout. Burnout is a concern in many high-pressure fields, and EPs are no exception. Participants learned to analyze contextual factors and individual variables that contribute to holistic well-being. By the end of the session, they could recommend three specific approaches to enhance the overall wellness of electrophysiologists, promoting a more balanced and fulfilling professional life. It was a powerful tool to safeguard the well-being of those at the forefront of heart rhythm care.
Fostering Resilience and Unwavering Confidence
Following the inspirational insights shared by Dr. Kevin Thomas in a previous webinar, the GLOBE retreat returned with a deep dive into the art of crafting lasting confidence and resilience. In the intricate landscapes of their careers, participants understood that these attributes are the cornerstones of success.
This session wasn't just about theory; it was about candid conversations and practical strategies. Our GLOBE Chair and Co-Chair respectively, Dr. Olujimi Ajijola and Dr. Camille Frazier-Mills empowered participants with tangible keys to embrace challenges and setbacks with unshakeable courage. The goal? Not just to navigate challenges but to emerge as more formidable, enlightened, and empowered individuals.
Charging Innovation: The Impact of Electrophysiologists in Industry Collaborations
The retreat didn't stop at personal development; it ventured into shaping the future of electrophysiology. Dr. Larry Jackson, alongside influential leaders from our exclusive GLOBE sponsor Biosense Webster, unveiled strategic insights and innovative approaches in this session.
The cohort discovered how to forge impactful alliances, harness industry resources, and turn industry partnerships into catalysts for cutting-edge discoveries. The session delved into strategies that amplify research through symbiotic collaborations, unlocking new dimensions of innovation and progress.
These sessions were more than learning experiences; they were transformational journeys. Personalized coaching, engaging group activities, and candid discussions took place over the course of this retreat, and participants walked away with invaluable tools, a network of like-minded peers, and a newfound sense of empowerment. This retreat was more than just an event; it was the beginning of a journey—a journey toward effective leadership, resilience, and unwavering confidence. It was a testament to the power of diversity, innovation, and the unshakable spirit of GLOBE's mission.
As the sun set on the GLOBE Leadership Retreat; the horizon ahead shines with optimism, inclusivity, and a cohort of determined leaders poised to drive change and make a significant impact in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. Stay tuned for more from GLOBE, and if you're a black EP looking to unlock your leadership potential, make lifelong connections, and lead change in the field of electrophysiology, consider joining our next cohort. Applications open January 2024.
With profound gratitude to our exclusive sponsor,
We express our sincere appreciation to Biosense Webster for their invaluable support. Their sponsorship has played a pivotal role in advancing the mission of the GLOBE program and addressing the underrepresentation of Black electrophysiologists within the healthcare ecosystem. This partnership has not only strengthened GLOBE but also contributes significantly to fostering diverse leadership in the field of electrophysiology.
This program is supported by: