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Office for Women in Medicine and Science

Our Mission:

To promote the academic growth of women in medicine and medical sciences.

  • Provides women students, trainees, fellows and faculty access to advisors and mentors.
  • Brings distinguished women in the medical sciences to Yale School of Medicine as role models and mentors.
  • Facilitates access for students to professional women in both a structured or an informal setting.
  • Sponsors workshops and seminars on professional development and career opportunities for women in medicine and the sciences.
  • Serves as a focus for the discussion and resolution of issues of interest to the Yale Medical School community.

OWIMS Leadership & Staff

Latest News

Shattering Glass Ceilings: Three Black Women Surgeons Ascend to Chairs of Departments of Surgery

Diversification at the highest level of academic surgical leadership is critical in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment; an environment more reflective of the population whom we as surgeons serve and care for. Until the year 2021, an African American female surgeon had never ascended to the role of Department of Surgery Chair. However, by 2021, not 1 but 3 African American women became Chairs of Surgery: Karen Gibbs, MD, KMarie King, MD, and Andrea Hayes, MD. To highlight and celebrate these historical appointments, we interviewed these extraordinary women who shared their unique views on ascending to leadership.

Source: Annals of Surgery Volume 276, Number 4, October 2022
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  • New Haven Voices

    “You have to understand the community you serve.” New Haven’s director of public health, Maritza Bond, MPH, made this point during the two-part panel discussion series for the Yale health professional schools community, New Haven Voices, held on September 8 and 29.

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  • Office for Women in Medicine and Science is proud to announce the Beatrix A. McCleary Hamburg, MD Lectureship

    The Office for Women in Medicine and Science at Yale School of Medicine is proud to announce the Beatrix A. McCleary Hamburg, MD Lectureship. Beatrix A. (Betty) Hamburg, MD '48 (1923 - 2018), was an internationally renowned researcher, advocate, and policy maker in the field of adolescent psychiatry, mental health, and violence prevention. In 1948, Dr. Hamburg was the first Black woman to graduate from Yale School of Medicine.

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  • The More Marginalized Identities Med Students Have, the More Mistreatment and Burnout They Experience

    A new study from Yale researchers looks at how intersectionality increases incidents of mistreatment and magnifies the effects of burnout on medical students. Using data from over 30,000 graduating medical students from 140 U.S. medical schools, the study found that students with three marginalized identities (female, non-white, and lesbian, gay or bisexual) experienced the most mistreatment and discrimination and the highest score for exhaustion compared with male, white, and heterosexual students.

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  • OpEd Project Elevates Voices of Women and Underrepresented Faculty at Yale

    The goal of the Public Voices Fellowship, an opportunity for 20 faculty at Yale along with those from other universities to participate in the OpEd Project, is for women and underrepresented faculty to write op-eds that appear in leading publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. But the year-long program does much more than simply expand the voices of those engaged in public debate. It has a lasting impact on the fellows and their careers, says Reina Maruyama, PhD, professor of physics and astronomy and Chair of Women Faculty Forum (WFF).

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  • Ariadna Forray, MD and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS Take the Helm at MORE

    The new co-directors of Minority Organization for Expansion and Retention (MORE), Ariadna Forray, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology) and assistant professor of computer science, have been active participants in the organization and benefited from its programs and resources. They describe MORE as an essential place at Yale School of Medicine for connecting with other faculty who share their backgrounds and experiences. Now, they say, they hope to expand its reach.

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  • Cofounders of Yale Black Postdoctoral Association Discuss Why Black Women Need More Support

    The three Black women cofounders of the Yale Black Postdoctoral Association (YBPA) — Brionna Davis-Reyes, PhD, a postdoc in clinical neuroimaging; Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a postdoc in medical oncology; and Chrystal Starbird, PhD, a postdoc in pharmacology — recently shared their thoughts about the supportive role they and other Black women take on and how it’s beginning to take a toll.

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  • Naomi Rogers to Speak on Women, Feminism, and American Medicine, March 18th at 3:00 PM

    Join the Working Women’s Network for a Women’s History Month discussion on women, feminism, and American medicine with guest speaker Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. She will discuss the feminist women’s health movement, and how it empowered women’s knowledge, regarding their health and battle against paternalistic and oppressive practices within healthcare systems.

    Source: Working Women's Network
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