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Northwestern Women in Medicine: Thriving in the Virtual World

Women physicians face unique challenges and obstacles throughout their professional careers. These challenges may affect leadership development and opportunities for women in medicine resulting in a gender gap in the governance of academic medical centers. Women physicians currently lack a conference or forum for discussing strategies to achieve equality in the workplace, wellness and work life balance, mentorship and career development. The 3rd annual Northwestern Women in Medicine conference will help to identify the obstacles that contribute to gender inequity and will start the discourse to bridging it by hosting a virtual lecture series monthly.

We will shed light on gender disparities and then share experiences and tools to overcome the barriers that exist in medicine for female physicians so as to empower and create a network to lean upon.

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Virtual Lecture Series Dates and Times

Thursday December 17, 2020 5:00PM CST
Navigating Communication in the Virtual World

Thursday January 21, 2021 5:00PM CST
The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Academic Medicine

Thursday February 18, 2021 5:00PM CST
MD and PhD Partnering for Academic Success

Thursday March 18, 2021 5:00PM CST
Guiding Trainees for a Fulfilling Career in Medicine
Followed by: 

NON-CME Product Theater
A Focus on Women in Cardiometabolic Disease
6:00-7:00PM CST
Susan Thomas, MD
Sponsor: AstraZeneca

Thursday April 22, 2021 5:00PM CST
Being an Inclusive Leader

Thursday May 20, 2021 5:00PM CST
Pathways to Leadership in Academic Medicine

Thursday June 17, 2021 5:00PM CST
Leveraging Social Media for Education and Professional Development

Thursday July 22, 2021 5:00PM CST
Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders Through Promoting Gender Equity

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Course Directors

Cybele Ghossein, MD

Cybele Ghossein, MD

Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Department of Medicine

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Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Medical Education

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 Sarah Friedewald, MD

Sarah Friedewald, MD

Vice Chair for Women's Imaging, Department of Radiology

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Lecture Series Steering Committee

Anila Bindal, MD

Health System Clinician of Medicine (Endocrinology)

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Aruna Ganju, MD

Aruna Ganju, MD

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery

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 Manjot Gill, MD

Manjot Gill, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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 Amy Halverson, MD

Amy Halverson, MD

Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery

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 Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH

Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH

Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Jennifer Jo, MD

Jennifer Jo, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Allison Kessler Vear, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD

Professor of School of Communication, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Radiation Oncology

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 Ritu Nayar, MD

Ritu Nayar, MD

Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Department of Pathology

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 Susan Palasis, MD

Susan Palasis, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)

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Bethany Perez White, PhD

Bethany Perez White, PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

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 Vera Rigolin, MD

Vera Rigolin, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

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 Nancy Sassower, MD

Nancy Sassower, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

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 Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

Associate Chair for Advocacy, Department of Pediatrics

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Arushi Singh, MD

Arushi Singh, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD

Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty Development

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Sneha Thatipelli, MD

Sneha Thatipelli, MD

Chief Medical Resident

Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc

Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

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Steering Committee

Joan Anzia, MD

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Katherine Bruni

Women's Faculty Organization

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD

Vice Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine

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Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

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Jill Holden, MD, FACOG

Chief of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Medical Staff

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Stephanie Kielb, MD

Chief of Reconstruction and Neurourology in the Department of Urology

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Jessica D Lapinski, DO

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

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Robert Liem, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)

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Danielle McCarthy, MD

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Matthew O'Brien, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

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Saadia Sherwani, MD, MS

Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology

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Linda Suleiman, MD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

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