Symposium: Celebration and Reflection

On June 1, 2018 we hosted a symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of women at YSM. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM), the Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE), and the Dean’s Office, this event celebrated the contributions of women faculty and alumnae from the School of Medicine. The symposium featured speakers who discussed the challenges for women in their fields, as well as those encountered on the pathway to finding work-life balance.

This daylong event was free (including complimentary meals) and open to all faculty, students, staff, alumnae/alumni, and clinicians in the community. It concluded with a networking reception for all participants following the last session.

June 1, 2018

Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar Street 

Complimentary parking is available for out of town guests at the Air Rights Garage (GPS users: 66 York Street). You may request a validation ticket at the Harkness Auditorium sign-in desk. 

Breakfast and Check-in 8-8:45am

Introduction and Vision of the event by SWIM Chairs 8:45-9am 

Nina Stachenfeld, PhD, Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Elizabeth Jonas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

HISTORY Session 9-10:45am

Moderator and Speaker: Susan Baserga, '80 BS, '84 MPhil, '88 MD, '88 PhD
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, of Genetics and of Therapeutic Radiology

Naomi Rogers, PhD
Professor in the History of Medicine and of History

Keynote: Mary Lake Polan, MD '75, PhD '70, MPH
Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Q&A at the end of each session


Coffee Break 10:50-11:05am 

SCIENCE session 11:10-12:30pm

Moderator: Valentina Greco, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics and of Dermatology and Cell Biology

Joan Steitz, PhD
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Carolyn Mazure, PhD
Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research; Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology; Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

Keynote: Juanita L. Merchant, MD '81, PhD '84, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastrointestinal Sciences; Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan Medical School

Q&A at the end of each session


Lunch & PANEL DISCUSSION 12:40-1:50pm

“What it is like to be a woman, from a minority and as a minority”

Barbara Kinder, MD , Professor Emeritus of Surgery; Laura Manuelidis, MD '67, Professor of Surgery (Neuropathology); Cindy Crusto, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section); and Susan Higgins, MD, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

CLINICAL session 1:50-3:40pm

Moderator: Peggy Bia, MD
Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Michele Johnson, MD
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neurosurgery

Emily Wang, MD, MAS
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Jean Vining, MD '87
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Andrea Silber, MD
Clinician and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Q&A at the end of each talk or the session


3:50-4:10 PM Coffee Break

WOMEN CURRENT ISSUES 4:10-5:30pm

Moderator: Nancy Angoff, MD '90, MPH '81
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Dean for Student Affairs

SWIM Marie Robert, MD
Professor of Pathology; Former Chair, Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Amy Justice, MD '88, PhD
Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy) 

Priscilla Wang, MD '17
Internal Medicine, Boston, MA, PGY-1, Internal Medicine Residency / DGM Primary Care Program

Q&A at the end of each session

5:30 PM Celebration Reception: Please join us after the symposium for a special opportunity to reconnect with friends, mentors, and former teachers