Archived events

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.

  • 2022

    Spanning Boundaries in Academic Leadership for Women - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

    Speaker: Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Dr. Laurie Lauzon Clabo was appointed the eighth dean of the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in April 2015. Dean Clabo has a strong background in academic leadership, including ten years of experience as a successful dean. From August of 2020 until July 2021, she served as Wayne State University’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    Informational Flyer


    How to Speed Up Your Grant Writing to Win More Funding - Friday, March 18, 2022


    John C. Drew Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Lightning Fast Grant Writing. He is an author, trainer, speaker, and consultant. Dr. Drew has raised over $54 million for non-profit organizations including colleges and universities. He is the founder of the International Grant Writers Association on LinkedIn and a member of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Drew has taught at Cornell University, Hope International University, University of Oregon, and Williams College. Dr. Drew received the William Anderson Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for his pioneering work in the field of child welfare and child protective programs in the United States.

    Informational Flyer 


    Leveraging the Resources of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to Support One's Professional Development - Monday, December 12, 2022


    Jennifer M. Schlener, Chief of Staff at the AAMC, supports the work of the President and CEO, and champions and supports the implementation of the AAMC’s strategic plan and organization-wide efforts. She recently led the execution of the merger of the Association of Academic Health Centers into the AAMC. Serving as an advisor on governance matters, she is responsible for the work of the Governance, Nominating, and Leadership Development committee of AAMC’s Board of Directors.  She has spoken nationally on governance matters, including executive compensation, the imperative for board assessment, and continuous board improvement. 

    Informational Flyer

  • 2021

    How Wellness Affects Women in Medicine - Friday, May 7, 2021

    Speaker: Annahieta Kalantari, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.C.O.E.P., F.A.A.E.M. 

    Informational Flyer

    How COVID-19 has Disproportionately Affected Women in Medicine and Science - Monday, April 19, 2021

    Speakers: Dr. Shikah Jain & Dr. Nicole Woitowich

    Informational Flyer

    Fundraising in Higher Ed and How it Works at Wayne State: An Interactive Panel Event - Monday, September 20, 2021


    Julie Burtch, Director, Foundation Relations

    Jim Dauer, Senior Major Gift Officer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Bree Kneisler, Associate Director, Campaigns, School of Medicine 

    Jeanine Simnick, Director, Annual Giving 

    Tracy Utech, Associate Vice President for Principal Giving and Campaign Director 

    Tina Lyles, Event Manager, Special Events 

    Informational Flyer

    Racial and SES Disparities in Neuroglogical Disease and How to Address Them - Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    Speaker: Sonia Eden, M.D. 

    Informational Flyer

    Debriefing: Handling Upsetting, Disappointing or Frustrating Situations - December 1, 2021

    Speaker: Megan Gillespie, D.O. 

    Informational Flyer

  • 2020

    Implicit Bias: How the Unconscious Mind Drives Decisions and Communication - Thursday, November 12, 2020

    Speaker: Lauren Hamel, Ph.D. 

    Informational Flyer

    Time Management: Enhancing Approaches to Collaborations and Team Gatherings - Friday, October 16, 2020

    Speaker: Leah Robinson, Ph.D.

    Informational Flyer

    Women in Academic Medicine: Choosing Leadership - Monday, September 21, 2020 

    Speaker: Elisabeth Heath, M.D. 

    Informational Flyer

    A Fine Line Movie Night and a Call to Action - Thursday, September 10, 2020 

    Informational Flyer

    The Role of Faculty Mindset in Supporting Student Learning - August 31, 2020 

    Speaker: Angela Trepanier, M.S., C.G.C. 

    Informational Flyer

    COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on the Professional and Beyond - August 10, 2020 

    Panelists: Eric Ayers, M.D., Maysaa Basha, M.D., Patricia Brown, M.D., Bushra Fathima, Luda Khait-Vlisides, M.D. and James Rowley, M.D. 

    Informational Flyer

    Navigating Difficult Conversations - June 22, 2020

    Speaker: Professor and Chair of the Management and Information Systems Department in the Mike Illitch School of Business, Christine Jackson, PhD

    Informational Flyer

    Webinar Link

    The COVID Collision: From the Lens of an Epidemiologist, Infectious Diseases Physician and Mom - May 18, 2020

    Speaker: Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, at Wayne State University, Teena Chopra, MD

    Informational Flyer

    Webinar Link

    Organizational Approaches to Improve Well-Being for Healthcare Professionals - February 10, 2020

    Speaker: Director of Physician Wellness for Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Lisa MacLean, MD

    Informational Flyer

    Barriers and Opportunity for Women in Medicine: Choosing Leadership - January 28, 2020

    Speaker: Professor of Oncology and Medicine at Wayne State University SOM, Dr. Elisabeth I. Heath, MD FACP

    Informational Flyer 

  • 2019

    This is Everyone's Lane: Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue - October 23, 2019 

    Speaker: Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Stephanie Bonne, M.D., F.A.C.S.

    Informational Flyer

    Money Matters - September 23, 2019

    Speaker: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University, Claire Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P.

    Informational Flyer 

    Brand You: Creating Your Authentic Personal Brand - May 20, 2019 

    Speaker: Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Debra F. Williams

    Informational Flyer 

    202 Years - Disrupting the Protracted Gender Pay Gap Timeline - March 25, 2019 

    Speaker: President of the AAUW Detroit Branch and past president of the AAUW of Michigan, Janet Watkins

    Informational Flyer 

    What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City - March 18, 2019

    Speaker: Founder and Director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

    Informational Flyer

    What Can We Gain From Professional Development Conferences? - February 13, 2019 


    Beth Berger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Wayne State University Department of Opthamology, Visual & Anatomical Sciences

    Latonya Riddle-Jones, M.D., Assistant Professor of Wayne State University Department of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

    Angulique Outlaw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Wayne State University Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences

    Anne Messman, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine 

    Claire Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine 

    Informational Flyer

    Bridging the Gap: Strategies to Get What You're Worth and What you Want Masterclass - January 14, 2019

    Speaker: Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Debra F. Williams

    Informational Flyer

  • 2018

    The Power of Networks for Women Academic Leaders - September 24, 2018 

    Speaker: Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success, Professor of Psychology, Annmarie Cano, Ph.D.

    Informational Flyer

    Equal Pay for Women - Why Should Men Care? - April 10, 2018 

    Speaker: Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Rise Labs, Suneel Gupta

    Informational Flyer

    Women in Leadership in Health Care - March 5, 2018 

    Speaker: President and CEO, Michigan Women's Foundation General Partner, The BELLE Michigan Foundation, Ms. Carolyn Cassin

    Informational Flyer

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2016

    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)
    Seth A. Seabury, PhD; Amitabh Chandra, PhD; Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD


    1_trends.jpgTrends in the Earning of Male and Female Health Care Professionals in the United States, 1987 to 2010

    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



    2_gender.gifGender 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


    4_simple_truth.gifThe 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.





    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

  • 2015

    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?

    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.

    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

    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

  • 2014

    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?" 


    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: