Women in Medicine and Science Program

The VCU Women in Medicine and Science program consists of the following four components.

  • The Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine Faculty Organization (WISDM) was established in 1992 and is led by its Executive Council. Its mission is to further professional goals of women physicians, dentists and scientists at VCU. Its goal is to advance opportunities for women leaders in the VCU family by promoting effective networking; fostering mentorship between students, residents and faculty; stimulating fruitful research and collaborations; and working cooperatively to change organizational culture and break down stereotypes.
  • The Women in Medicine Student Organization is actively involved with the faculty organization and also runs, with faculty sponsorship, a full calendar of its own activities.
  • Women in Science (WIS), created in 2006, serves graduate students and other trainees involved in scientific research.
  • The Steering Committee manages strategic planning for the program as a whole.
  • The Associate Dean for Professional Instruction and Faculty Development represents women’s issues under the auspices of the Dean.

A hallmark of the program is the annual Leadership Conference which has grown to a nationally recognized program between VCU Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and the VCU Health System.

The School’s Women in Medicine Program received the AAMC 2000 Leadership Development Award in recognition for its institutional commitment to helping women realize their potential and to improving the environment for women in academic medicine.

AAMC Leadership Development Award

Our program was awarded the 2000 AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award.

Janet Bickel (left) is shown presenting the plaque to Karen Sanders, M.D., Carol Hampton, MMS and H. H. "Dickie" Newsome, Jr., M.D., former Dean of the School of Medicine.

See Dr. Newsome’s nomination letter (below), AAMC President Jordan Cohen’s letter announcing the award, and VCU President Eugene Trani’s letter of congratulations.

ELAM

ELAM's year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage successfully in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

Established in 1995, The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women is the nation's only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership where they can effect positive change. Part of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, ELAM continues the institution's legacy that began with the Medical College of Pennsylvania's roots as the nation's first woman's medical school.

ELAM's year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage successfully in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

VCU School of Medicine has sponsored 13 ELAM fellows. They are listed below with their current positions.

2017-2018: Elizabeth "Betsy" Ripley, M.D., M.S., RAC, Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, VCU School of Medicine, and Nephrology Eminent Scholar

2009-2010: Janet Neimeier, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director, Inpatient Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Psychology Services, VCU School of Medicine

2008-2009: Joann Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Human and Molecular Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Epidemiology and Community Health, VCU School of Medicine

2007-2008: Andrea L. Pozez, M.D., F.A.C.S., Leroy Smith Professor Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine

2006-2007: Suzanne E. Barbour, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, VCU School of Medicine

2005-2006: Susan Kornstein, M.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, VCU School of Medicine; Executive Director, VCU Institute for Women’s Health Center of Excellence

2004-2005: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

2003-2004: Betty Ann Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Primary Care

2002-2003: Bela Sood, M.D., Professor and Chair, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, VCUHS

2001-2002: Karen Sanders, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology; Deputy Chief, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration

2000-2001: Mary Nettleman, M.D., Currently Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Lansing, MI

1999-2000: Lisa Kaplowitz, M.D., M.S.H.A., Currently Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA

1997-1998: Roberta Sonnino, M.D., Currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Three additional ELAM Fellows have joined the VCU School of Medicine Faculty:

  • Dr. PonJola Coney, SOM Faculty Affairs and Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Dr. Laura Siminoff, Social and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Shumei Sun, Biostatistics

Events

Current events can be found on the Faculty Affairs webpage.

Meetings

Date/Time/PlaceMeetingDescription
2nd Thursday of each month, 12 pm -1 pm September through June
MMEC, 8th Fl., Rm. 8-102
WISDM Executive Council Please join us and share your interests. Meeting open to all faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Connect via videoconference to the McGuire VA Hospital.

Resources

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Steering Committee

The Women in Medicine and Science Program Steering Committee provides overall strategic vision and management for the program.

Mission

The Women in Medicine and Science Program Steering Committee provides overall strategic vision and management for the program. The Steering Committee also serves as an advocacy group, facilitating the election and appointment of distinguished women leaders to prominent leadership positions within the VCU Health System, school and university administration, and the Commonwealth.

Membership

The Steering Committee membership is drawn from past and present leaders of the WISDM Faculty Organization.

  • Joann N. Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Lenore M. Buckley, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Karen Sanders, M.D.
  • Bela Sood, M.D., F.A.A.C.P.
  • Carol L. Hampton, M.M.S.

Student Organizations

With support from faculty and the Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Faculty Organization (WISDM), both medical and graduate students have developed organizations:

  • Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO) supporting career development of medical students, and
  • Women in Science (WIS), serving graduate students and other trainees involved in scientific research.

The goals are to promote the advancement of women in medical and science education, to help address obstacles facing women in professional careers, and to promote leadership skills, visibility and academic policies required for success. Each group has by-laws, officers, and specific goals and objectives. They conduct educational programs, provide support and networking, provide community outreach and philanthropic activities, and work with advisors from WISDM.

Based on the various programs and activities of these two groups, we have found that student organizations in medical schools facilitate communication and networking among their members and provide needed support of women students and trainees. Active faculty leadership for such groups promotes mentorship and positive role modeling. These groups can help achieve increased representation, participation and leadership of women in medical and scientific disciplines.

WISDM

Established in 1992, the WISDM faculty organization seeks to further the professional goals of women physicians, scientists and dentists at the VCU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Mission

Established in 1992, the WISDM faculty organization seeks to further the professional goals of women physicians, scientists and dentists at the VCU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. As a sponsor of forums for open communication, the organization facilitates networking, mentoring and collaboration among women faculty, housestaff and medical, dental and graduate students.

Activities

Faculty Development is an important goal for all faculty—and especially for women, who are under-represented at the highest levels of leadership in academic medicine. By integrating Women in Medicine as part of the faculty development, the School of Medicine is able to facilitate, guide and conduct a variety of faculty development activities and programs. A multifaceted approach provides opportunities to include special focus on concerns and circumstances of women at VCU School of Medicine.

Membership

All women faculty (clinical, basic science, administrative, full-time, part-time, any rank), students, housestaff, fellows and post-docs in the VCU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are considered members of WISDM and invited and encouraged to participate in any and all events and meetings. Our male colleagues are welcome to participate in our professional development programs as well. Any faculty member, student, housestaff, fellow, post-doc, retired faculty, alumni or interested colleague who pays an annual contribution to sustain and support our various programs is a sustaining member. These names will be listed in the WISDM newsletter and/or web site. Sustaining members may be recognized in other venues. Funds are used to support professional development activities of the VCU WISDM program. Sustaining membership fees ($30/year) are requested and collected each academic year, July 1 – June 30. Checks should be made out to WISDM and sent to:

Dr. Kimberly Sanford, Treasurer
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
Phone: 804-828-2745
Email: kimberly.sanford@vcuhealth.org

To become a sustaining member, download, complete and submit the Membership Form [PDF].

Contact Us

Membership

Full memberships are available to all full- and part-time faculty in the schools of Medicine and Dentistry, including clinicians, basic health scientists, and administrators. Associate memberships are also available to students, housestaff, alumni of the schools of Medicine and Dentistry and their training programs, and retired faculty. Faculty from other schools and community practitioners are also welcome.

The Membership Form [PDF] is available online. You can complete the form electronically (use the Text Edit tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader) or print it out and complete it manually.

Contact

For more information about becoming a member, contact the Debbie Stewart, Office of Faculty Affairs at deborah.stewart@vcuhealth.org.

Dues

Dues are $30 per year and should be renewed each year on July 1. Check should be made out to the Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine Faculty Organization and sent to:

Tegwyn Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., Treasurer
WISDM Faculty Organization
Box 980566
Richmond VA 23298-0566
E-mail: tegwyn.brickhouse@vcuhealth.org