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GWIMS/COD Poster and Awards Reception

Lynn Gordon

Carol Bates

by Lynn Gordon, Chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Senior Associate Dean, Diversity Affairs, Vice Chair, Applied Anatomy College, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Carol Bates, Chair-Elect of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Harvard Medical School

GWIMS had a wonderful celebration at the GWIMS/COD Poster and Awards Reception. Dr. Darrell Kirch, President and CEO of the AAMC, joined GWIMS at the reception and he saw the important work being done across our community and recognized the accomplishments of our award winners. We were also joined by our new Council of Deans liaison, Dr. Terrence R. Flotte, Dean of the School of Medicine at UMass Medical School. Dr. Flotte has long been an advocate for women in leadership and his voice will be a welcome addition to GWIMS.

The event opened with a poster session grouped into themes of Faculty and Leadership Development, Women and Specialties, Students and Trainees, and Women in Medicine and Science exhibiting a total of 20 posters. Poster abstracts were printed along with other GWIMS related meeting materials; you can view all of that content here. We encourage you to read the poster abstracts to get a flavor of these presentations. You are welcome to reach out to poster authors for further information on their programs.

We then moved to celebrate Dr. Carrie Byington as the winner of the GWIMS Leadership Award for an Individual and the Women Scholars Initiative (WSI) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as the winner of this year’s GWIMS Leadership Award for an Organization. Dr. Byington serves as Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. It was especially gratifying to see Utah Dean Vivian Lee cheering her on for her accomplishments. Dr. Byington’s work was well represented elsewhere at the AAMC meeting in presentations on her wonderful mentorship programs. The Medical University of South Carolina's Women Scholars Initiative (MUSC WSI) was recognized for its initiatives to support advancement, recruitment and retention of women faculty. The WSI provides extensive programming in faculty development, funds stipends to foster mentoring, and leads efforts on the MUSC campus to improve gender equity. For more information on these wonderful award winners, see the information linked below.

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The State of Women in Academic Medicine Report

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GWIMS Toolkits

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