Elaine E. Schulte, MD, MPH, FAAP, is Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. She is Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Previously she served as Chair of the Department of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Staff Development at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. She is a board-certified executive coach and holds a certificate in executive coaching from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
At the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Dr. Schulte directs the CHAM Peer Mentorship Program, a volunteer, longitudinal program created to increase academic productivity and enhance physician engagement. This program combines the fundamental concepts of mentorship along with the nuances of developmental coaching. Dr. Schulte also designs and facilitates division and department strategy sessions, and provides individual coaching to faculty members. She also co-directs the L.E.A.D. program, which supports and promotes academic excellence, leadership development, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, in an effort to foster continued engagement of faculty within the Department of Pediatrics.
While at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Schulte co-created the Center for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring (CECM). The CECM aims to facilitate a relationship-centered developmental network for all physicians. CECM focuses on training physicians to become peer coaches and mentors. The CECM runs two flagship programs (Staff Coaching and Mentoring Program – for all physicians, and the Advanced Peer Coaching Program – available for physicians by invitation). Additional programming provides training for special interest groups internally, and at outside academic medical centers and healthcare organizations. The CECM faculty have trained over 1800 participants in the “Coach approach” to relationship building. Program outcomes demonstrate an increase in physician resilience, engagement and application of the skills taught in training across professional and personal contexts.
In addition to her administrative work, Dr. Schulte is a national expert in adoption medicine. She has authored clinical guidelines for practicing physicians, and has written a book on adoption for parents. She directs a clinical adoption program, and maintains an active general pediatric practice, with special interests in learning disabilities and graduate medical education.
Dr. Schulte serves as senior advisor and faculty for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, in a variety of capacities, including the AAP Young Physician Leadership Alliance, the APA Advancing Pediatric Leaders Program and the APA Speed Mentoring Program. She has given numerous national and international presentations and workshops on adoption, physician leadership, coaching and mentoring, and resilience.