School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Women in Medicine and Science


Past Events


Tips from ELAM:  Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine

May 3, 2017

Speaker:  Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP


An Eclectic Academic Life

Apr 19, 2017

Speaker: Professor of Pediatrics, Global Health and Diseases, Case Western University, Karen Olness, MD

Dr. Olness spoke regarding her eclectic academic life which began in medical school when she was one of 3 female physicians in her medical school class.  Since then she became board certified in pediatrics, child development and behavior, and medical hypnosis.  During her lecture, she discussed how the multitude of small communities which we are all involved in both professionally and personally influence our pathway and lifestyle.  One professional capstone has been as the founder and Medical Director of Health Frontiers (HF). Health Frontiers has worked with the Lao University of Health Sciences and the Lao Ministry of Health for 25 years to improve health of the Lao people by developing and implementing post graduate training programs. HF has supported Pediatric Residency Training in Laos since 1997, and Internal Medicine Residency Training since 2002.  Personally, one of her most proud accomplishments has been her own organic farm and the importance of eating healthy and disseminating that knowledge to friends and family.

Click here to view Dr. Olness's presentation


The Election Results: Impact on Healthcare and Academic Medicine in the First 100 Days

Dec 16, 2016

Speaker: Associate Vice President of Government Health Affairs and Chair-elect, Association of American Medical Colleges Government Relations Representative Steering Committee, Douglas Skrzyniarz


"Navigating to the C-Suite as a Female Leader:  One Woman's Perspective on DOs and DON'Ts"

Oct 31, 2016

Speaker: Senior Vice President of Population Health, Henry Ford Health System, Susan S. Hawkins


WIMS Sponsored Brown Bag Lunch Seminar "The Pursuit of a Successful Academic Career"

Aug 31, 2016

Speaker: Past Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Margaret E. Winters, PhD

Refreshments courtesy of WIMS Advisory group and Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Virginia Delaney-Black, MD, MPH

Provost Winters reviewed the statistics of women's representation in academic faculty ranks – only 38% of FT academic faculty are women, only 13% of women faculty attain the rank of professor whereas 30% of men achieve the rank of full professor. In administrative positions, only 15% of Department Chairs and 16% of Deans are women. Dr. Margaret Winters then led a roundtable discussion inviting attendees to share their goals and the challenges encountered in realizing these goals. From examples from her professional career, she illustrated the importance of seizing opportunities, the role of a supportive family and persistence in face of adversity in achieving long-term success.   


Interactive group discussion and Book Club: "Work-Life Balance – A Woman's Problem?"

July 11, 2016

Dr. Claire Pearson started off the event by presenting data from a report from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) "The State of Women in Academic Medicine 2013-2014".  Since 1983 the AAMC has followed representation of women students, residents, faculty and administrative leaders in academic medicine.  Although progress has been made over the years there is still gender inequity that exists at many levels.  The AAMC calls for an equitable and diverse workplace with access to opportunities for development and advancement; in order to fix the inequality, it must be first recognized and discussed.

The second part of the event was discussion-based and focused on issues brought up in Sheryl Sandberg's NYT bestseller "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead". Dr. Anne Messman led the discussion with thought-provoking sections from the book and invited the audience to share their experiences and perspectives. Audience members brought forth gender issues they've experienced in their fields of work and a robust discussion with much audience participation ensued. Issues of work hours, child care, pay, and difference in treatment as compared with male colleagues were all discussed. Ideas were suggested for future discussions.

On the whole this session was very well received. 93% of the attendees felt that the discussion identified knowledge gaps that pertain to their professional growth with >90% of the attendees expressing motivation to attend similar lectures in the future.


GWIMS Top Reads- Equal Pay Day Edition (04/13/2016)

In acknowledgement of Equal Pay Day, today's GWIMS Top Reads email will feature 5 articles related to gender discrimination in compensation throughout academic medicine and best practices for closing the pay gap.

Be sure to share these articles with your colleagues and engage in the conversation on social media by using #equalpay and #gwims! See More




Trends in the Earning of Male and Female Health Care Professionals in the United States, 1987 to 2010

Seth A. Seabury, PhD; Amitabh Chandra, PhD; Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD,
JAMA Internal Medicine

Comparing earnings of male and female physicians is essential to assessing the impact of policies to promote gender equality among physicians. Read More





Gender Differences in the Salaries of Physician Researchers

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil; Kent A. Griffith, MS; Abigail Stewart, PhD; Dana Sambuco, MPPA; Rochelle DeCastro, MS; Peter A. Ubel, MD,

the gender difference in salary observed herein was not fully explained by measured differences in specialization, institution, academic advancement, or productivity. Read More





Sex Differences in Institutional Support for Junior Biomedical Researchers

Robert Sege, MD, PhD; Linley Nykiel-Bub, BA; Sabrina Selk, ScD, JAMA

It's 2016 and women are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce and less than equally compensated. Read More





The Simple Truth: About the Gender Pay Gap Spring 2016 Edition


The pay gap has barely budged in a decade. At the current rate, the gap won't close for more than 100 years. Read More





How to Bridge that Stubborn Pay Gap

Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

When employers publish people's salaries, the pay gap shrinks. Read More



WIMS Welcome Reception: Learning from Women in Surgical Specialties

April 5, 2016

The WIMS group held a reception highlighting the careers of successful women faculty in surgical specialties.

  • What are their surgical practices like?
  • What challenges have they faced and how have they met them?
  • What recommendations do they have for aspiring physicians?


Presentations on AAMC Early and MidWIMS Faculty Career Development Programs

February 10, 2016

The program included brief reports from the 2015 AAMC Early Career and Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminars held in Englewood, Colorado and Austin, Texas.

Presenters: Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology & Teena Chopra, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Presentation slides 1, 2, 3

Presentation summary


WIMS Luncheon "How Do I Know I'm Ready for Promotion?" session

When is the right year to submit a dossier for promotion to associate or full professor? Women faculty may find themselves less likely than their male colleagues to put themselves forward, asking themselves:

•Do I meet all of the requirements for promotion?
•Do I have the publication record I need?
•Have I met the funding requirement for my track and rank (if applicable)?
•Have I satisfied the requirement for excellence in teaching expected in my faculty role?
•Does my service record meet the criteria for promotion?
A detailed summary of this session is found here.

Finding the Right Fit: A Guide for Women in Medicine and Science

Event date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Dr. Julie Pilitsis is a board-certified functional neurosurgeon and an alumna of Wayne State University, where she obtained her PhD in physiology and completed neurosurgical training. Since that time, she has become a prolific clinician scientist. She is the immediate past chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons section on women in neurosurgery and is the current chair of North American Neuromodulation Society's Women in Neuromodulation program. At the SOM WIMS seminar, Dr. Pilitsis expanded on her TEDx talk, "So You Want to be a Neurosurgeon," and discussed the path towards a career in science and medicine. She gave comprehensive advice for entering the field of neurosurgery and provide numerous strategies for women as they navigate the male-dominated STEM fields. Dr. Pilitsis discussed the importance of mentorship in her own life and for those pursuing these careers. Additionally she spoke to leadership development and team building in these arenas.

*A more detailed summary of this talk can be found here.


Is there a Gender-based Wage Gap at WSU?

April 14, 2015

The speakers for this event included:

Angela Trepanier, who spoke on behalf of the WSU President's Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), and our new GWIMS representative to the AAMC, Beena Sood, MD, MS, who discussed goals for the upcoming year.

Click on the links below to view presentations from this discussion

Angela Trepanier - Gender Pay Gap
Beena Sood, MD, MS - Introduction and Goals

On Friday January 23rd, the WIMS group hosted their first meeting of the 2015 calendar year in 1328 Scott Hall. The topic of discussion was:

Professional Development for Leadership in Academic Medicine: Presentations on AAMC MidWIMS Conference Experience
The program included brief reports the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar held last month in Austin, Texas. The seminar goal is to "enhance knowledge and skills needed to support progress along the path to leadership in academic medicine."


            Liying Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Prevention Research


            Susmita Chowdhuri, M.D., FCCP, ABSM, Associate Professor, Sleep Section Chief
            Theresa Vettese, M.D., Chief of General Internal Medicine
            Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor/Director of Academic and Student Programs
Session PowerPoint Presenations
Click here to view Dr. Chowdhuri's presentation
Click here to view Dr. Mendez's presentation
Click here to view Dr. Vettese's presentation

To view information about past WIMS sessions, please visit the Women in Medicine and Science section of our website.

Meeting Summary, October 22, 2014: EWIMS and Personal Branding


Twenty-one SOM women met for a lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 22. Maysaa Basha, MD (Neurology) Najia Huda, MD (Pulmonary & Critical Care, HFHS) shared their experiences from the July 2014 AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar (EWIMS). Each felt she benefited greatly from the personal development and career advancement sessions, as well as the opportunity for networking with women faculty nationwide. Click here to read Dr. Basha's slide presentation describing the conference events.

Dates for upcoming AAMC Women's conferences:

Early Career Women Faculty Development Professional Seminar – Englewood, Colorado

July 11 – 14, 2015; July 9 – 12, 2016

Mid-Career Women Faculty Development Professional Seminar – Austin, Texas

December 11 – 14, 2015; December 10 – 13, 2016 (Applications are closed for December 2014.)

For more information on the AAMC's Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS), click here.

Introduction to Personal Branding

Linda Roth, Ph.D., of the Office of Faculty Affairs, provided a brief overview of the topic, "Personal Branding." This topic was identified as key learning from last year's AAMC MidCareer Women Faculty Development Seminar. As defined by Adele Gulfo in a recent Huffington Post article, personal branding is "…a collection of values that you stand for, offerings you constantly deliver, expertise that you have developed, passion that drives you, and your special assets, skills, and experience." She asks, "How do you want to be known?" Click here to read Dr. Roth's slide presentation, and click here to read Ms. Gulfo's article.


Participants conducted lively discussion on both of the above topics, and then brainstormed ideas for future topics and activities for the SOM WIMS group. Suggested topics for future sessions included:

· Effective use of ResearchGate
· Educational and Quality Improvement research
· Writing a personal statement or narrative (see brief questions below)
· More on personal branding
· Networking, e.g., making small talk in professional settings
· Time management

Women continue to be interested in luncheon meetings on varying days of the week, and they also expressed interest in some dinner meetings and social outings.

Please look for a WIMS survey soon that will ask you to indicate your own preference for days and times to meet with your women colleagues.

Upon Request: Reflection Questions for Writing a Personal Statement:

In our October 22 WIMS discussion, Dr. Patti Brown, SOM Liaison to AAMC GWIMS, recommended that one write a personal statement now and then revisit it at least annually, perhaps at the time of annual review. Thus the personal statement can be an individualized faculty development tool (good for use with your mentors) as well as a communication mechanism.

When writing a personal statement, remember that the scientific and academic details of your career will be told by your CV. In your personal statement, you need to tell the story about you and your work that answers the following questions in a way that non-scientists/non-academics can understand and be enthused about:

What am I doing?
Why am I doing it?
What do I want to accomplish?
What is my vision?
How am I doing it (methods/strategies)?
How well am I doing it?
Where am I going in this aspect of my career?
Where am I going overall?

Consider pairing with a peer to write personal statements and give one another feedback.

To learn more about this AAMC seminar and other AAMC resources available for women faculty, please visit the Group on Women and Medicine and Science (GWIMS) webpage:

Women in Medicine and Science Luncheon Meeting: December 11, 2014

Setting Goals: Patricia Brown, MD, WSU SOM GWIMS Liaison to AAMC


Fiscal Awareness for Women

 Presentations: Equal Pay Day 2014, Drs. Anupama Kottam and Patricia Brown; Negotiation, Dr. Linda Hazlett : April, 2014

Advancement of Women Faculty

WIMS Discussion Summary: How to Help Women Faculty Members Advance in Academic Rank (January, 2013)

Work-Life Balance

           WIMS Discussion summary on Work-Life Balance (October, 2013)

Mentoring for Women in Medicine and Science

Establishing the Advisory Committee for the WIMS@WSUSOM Program, March 2013

The AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) is a national professional development resource for women faculty. Please follow the hyperlink to access numerous up-to-date communications and references for Women in Medicine and Science.