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Northwestern Women in Medicine: Leading the Way

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 3nd 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.

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.


Northwestern Feinberg Pavilion, 3rd Floor Conference Room A

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6:45 am

Breakfast, Registration, Exhibits


7:15 am           


Dean Eric Neilson, MD

7:20 am


Course Directors:

Sarah Friedewald, MD

Cybele Ghossein, MD

Angira Patel, MD, MPH

7:30 am

The Power of Gender Diversity in Business and in Medicine

Stephanie Spottswood, MD, MPH

Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Pediatric Nuclear Medicine
Associate Vice Chair for Diversity

8:20 am

State of Women in Medicine

Teresa K Woodruff, PhD

Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of The Graduate School
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Chief of Reproductive Biology Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McCormick School of Engineering, Medical Social Sciences and Medicine (Endocrinology)

9:15 am

Leadership: A Personal Narrative

Karin Muraszko, MD, FACS

Chair and Julian T. Hoff, M.D. Professor, Neurological Surgery
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Professor, Plastic Surgery

10:00 am

Refreshment Break and Exhibits

10:15 am


Overcoming Challenges on Your Way to Leadership

Moderator: Melissa Simon, MD

1.  Karin Murasko, MD, FACS

2.  Dinee Simpson, MD

3.  Jennifer Trainor, MD

4.  Patricia Vassallo, MD


11:15 pm

The Unscripted Life: Using Improvisational Theater Techniques to Help Women in Medicine Claim Power, Collaborate and Communicate

Katie Watson, JD


Networking Lunch

1:00 pm

Resilience: Maximizing Leadership Impact and Wellbeing

Michelle Buck, PhD

Executive Education

Clinical Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

1:55 pm



How to Negotiate for Yourself:  When to Say Yes and When to Say No

Moderator:  Diane Wayne, MD

1.  Stephanie Spottswood, MD, MPH

2.  Leah Harris, MD

3.  Lacy Knight, MD

4.  Mercedes Carnethon, PhD

2:40 pm

Refreshment Break and Exhibits


3:00 pm


Advocacy & Leadership Outside of Traditional Work Environment

Moderator: Daniel Evans, MD

1. Divya Mallampati, MD – Ob-Gyne fellow

2. Katherine Tynus, MD

3. Mamta Swaroop, MD

4. Karen Sheehan, MD

3:50 pm

Building a Culture of Allyship and Sponsorship


Clyde W Yancy, MD, MSc



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