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2021 GWIMS Leadership Award Winners

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Leadership Award for an Individual

Anne L. Taylor, MD, is vice dean for academic affairs and the John Lindenbaum professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and senior vice president for faculty affairs and career development for the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Throughout her illustrious career, Dean Taylor has been a fierce advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in academic medicine. Prior to joining Columbia University in 2007, her research and clinical cardiology career focused on cardiovascular diseases in minorities and women. In her leadership roles, she continues to focus on faculty recruitment, appointment and promotion processes, professional development, and conflict of interest programs for faculty and trainees at the four health sciences schools at the CUIMC. During her tenure at Columbia University, Dean Taylor has led deeply transformative efforts. Her university wide efforts have profoundly impacted career development through the establishment of standards in mentorship and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Key initiatives include the reorganization of faculty academic tracks, the creation of the Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the management of conflicts of interest, and the oversight of appointment and promotion processes. 

Emerging Leadership Award for an Individual

Jennifer O’Toole, MD, MEd, is a pediatric and adult hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), where she is also the director of the CCHMC Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) organization. She is also a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and the director of the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As co-president of the CCHMC WIMS organization, Dr. O’Toole has worked to ensure that women at her institution were not negatively impacted by COVID-19 by helping to adapt a matrix by which faculty could account for additional activities they were called upon to complete due to the pandemic. Under her leadership, the CCHMC WIMS executive committee has aimed to evaluate the time in rank and promotion differences between women and men in various tracks and advocate for improved transparency around salary equity. Dr. O’Toole is recognized for her tireless efforts around promoting women’s leadership through individual accomplishments; encouraging and advocating for the development of women leaders in academic medicine; improving the educational and professional environment for sustaining women in academic medicine; enhancing the development of women faculty into positions of greater leadership; and inspiring women through her own career.

Leadership Award for an Organization

The Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) group at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the outstanding women trailblazers who volunteer their time to the organization and its subcommittees have made significant contributions to enhance the academic climate for faculty, learners, and staff. WIAM leadership development efforts target all levels of professional development; implement a broad range of mentoring programs tailored specifically for stakeholders including faculty, fellows, residents, and student trainees (both clinical and research); advocate for equity and inclusion; and establish a positive work environment. Many of WIAM’s leaders (both active current leaders and ex officio members who continue to serve on WIAM’s advisory board) have a long-standing track record in such pragmatic areas of advocacy as establishing dedicated rooms for breastfeeding across the medical campus, raising awareness of and defending child care options, elevating awareness around bias and cultural training, and implementing sexual assault prevention and response programs. These examples are some of WIAM’s outstanding accomplishments led by women faculty leaders who volunteer their time to promote a supportive, stimulating, inclusive, and equitable environment for all those who work and learn at the Miller School of Medicine.

Emerging Leadership Award for an Organization

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Committee is an integral component of the faculty development center known as Faculty Advancement, Mentoring, and Engagement (FAME). FAME originated as a college resource guide to assist all faculty. Its major pillars are programs supporting the fundamental scientist, the clinician-scholar, the educator, and the leader. WIMS has evolved as a major component of each of FAME’s cross-cutting platforms, which include the advancement of women and those underrepresented in the academic community, mentoring, human resources, and awards and recognition. The WIMS committee targets a well-defined scope of objectives that are served by operational working groups, including those dedicated to data analysis, advocacy, and career development in addition to a variety of other areas critically important not only to the career advancement of women but also to the advancement of all faculty members. WIMS is FAME’s marquee program for the advancement of women throughout the college and has become a highly effective change agent. The impact of its activity, particularly in the past three years, is palpable; for instance, it deserves significant credit for the fact that the last five new department chairs in the OSU College of Medicine have been highly accomplished and successful women leaders. WIMS promotes equity of compensation for women throughout the college and has worked to assure an even playing field for promotion and tenure.

Learn more about the award nomination process and submission guidelines.

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