Clara Bliss Hinds Society for Women in Medicine and Health Sciences

Claire Bliss Hines executive team
From left to right: Dr. Rebecca Lynch, Dr. Chavon Onumah, Dr. Victoria Shanmugam, Dr. Nadine Mbuyi, Dr. Lisa Schwartz, Dr. Kirsten Brown, and Dr. Kat Ogle

A Message from Dr. Victoria Shanmugam

Chair of the Clara Bliss Hinds Society for Women in Medicine and Science at GW

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society is the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Group on Women in Medicine and Science. It is a great honor to serve as the Chair of the society and to introduce the other members of the executive committee:

The overall aims of the Clara Bliss Hinds Society are to:

  • Facilitate career & leadership skill development; mentoring; and networking
  • Enhance the work environment for women
  • Promote equity in promotion, tenure, and recognition

for women throughout George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society hosts face-to-face meetings monthly on topics of interest to members, including presentations by women leaders and skill development workshops. Membership in the Society is open to regular full and part-time faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Explore becoming a member of the society please click.

History of the Clara Bliss Hinds Society for Women in Medicine and Science

In July 2018, SMHS Dean Jeffrey Akman formed a task force charged with providing recommendations to address the needs of women faculty. Led by Dr. Jean Johnson, former dean of the GW School of Nursing, the task force included faculty from the basic, clinical and health sciences. A major recommendation was the formation of a Chapter of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science to oversee programs and services to support women faculty, including planning and offering regular meetings and an Annual Women in Leadership Event.

A planning group was convened to develop the chapter, draft bylaws, develop meeting ideas, and name the group. The society was named the Clara Bliss Hinds Society, after the first woman to graduate from GW. Dr. Clara Bliss Hinds graduated from the School of Medicine in 1887. She forged the way for women at GW, and we are proud to name this society in her honor.

Clara Bliss Hinds Society Events






February 10, 2020

Ross 602


Kick Your Career into High Gear - Lessons Learned from the AAMC Mid-Career Women's Leadership Workshop

Drs. Katherine Douglass & Danielle Davison

March 5, 2020

Ross 227


A Conversation with Dean Barbara Bass, MD, RESD '86

RSVP to Conversation with the Dean

Dr. Barbara Bass

March 19, 2020
(Postponed to Fall 2020)

Ross 227


Pathways to Progress 

Dr. Denice Cora-Bramble

April 16, 2020 (Postponed)

Ross 227


Charting your Career Path

Dr. Alison Wheelan

May 28, 2020

Ross 229


Supporting Women

Prof. Jean Johnson

June 18, 2020

(Ticketed Event)


Annual Women in Leadership Event

Prof. Ellen Zane 

Useful Resources for Women in Medicine and Sciences

Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation

Papers outlining the scope of the issue:

Useful tips for avoiding Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation:

AAMC GWIMS Toolkits:

This series of presentations is designed to provide practical guidance on a variety of topics relevant to women faculty in academic medicine. Each presentation provides an overview of the topic, relevant best practices, tips on implementation, and useful references for more information.

CHAPTER 1: Managing through Teamwork for Maximum Performance (Judy Weber)

CHAPTER 2: Crafting a Fundable Grant (Emina Huang)

CHAPTER 3: Workshop Preparation and Presentation (Carla Spagnoletti, Rachel Bonnema, Melissa McNeil, Abby Spencer, & Megan McNamara)

CHAPTER 4: The Art of Successful Nominations (Jocelyn Chertoff)

Preparing Successful Award Nominations (Elizabeth Travis)

CHAPTER 5: Part-time Faculty in Academic Medicine, Individual and Institutional Advantages (Linda Chaudron, Susan Pollart & Aimee Grover)