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:
- Dr. Victoria Shanmugam, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chair
- Dr. Chavon Onumah, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair
- Dr. Rebecca Lynch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, Treasurer
- Dr. Nadine Mbuyi, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology, Secretary
- Dr. Kat Ogle, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Member at Large
- Dr. Lisa Schwartz, Associate Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Member at Large
- Dr. Kirsten Brown, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Member at Large
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. Sign up to be a member.
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.
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Useful Resources for Women in Medicine and Sciences
Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation
Papers outlining the scope of the issue:
- Influence of Gender on Surgical Residency Applicants' Recommendation Letters
- Gendered Differences in Letters of Recommendation for Transplant Surgery Fellowship Applicants
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)