Creating a climate for the academic advancement of women is a strategic priority for EVMS Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. 

Mission of EVMS Women in Medicine and Science (WiMS)

The mission of EVMS WiMS is to support and advocate for the full participation, advancement and inclusion of women at all career stages.

An annual WiMS event takes place in June as well as additional activities throughout the academic year. The planning of these activities is supported by an annual needs assessent process which guides the topics of focus and activities selected.

WiMS Executive Committee

The WiMS Executive Committee guides activities and committee members are representative of EVMS functional areas, including community faculty. A list of executive committee members is below.

Members of the committee are selected by a process of self-nomination or nomination by peers. A call for new members of the committee is made when positions become vacant.

  • Basic Science: Carrie Elzie, PhD (Secretary), Elena Galkina, PhD
  • Community: Carmen Fuentes, MD
  • Dermatology: Alice Roberts, MD
  • Emergency Medicine: Anya Cipi, MD
  • Family and Community Medicine: Amanda Gibson
  • Internal Medicine:  Henri Parsons, PhD, Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA,
  • OB/GYN: Elena Sinkovskaya, MD 
  • Pediatrics: Sara Rothenberg, MPH, Judith Taylor-Fishwick, MSc (Chair)
  • School of Health Professions: Kim Dempsey, EdD (Vice-Chair)
  • Student: Meghan Stufflebeem
  • Urology: Jyoti Upadhyay, MD
  • Wellness: Serina Neumann, PhD
Roles and responsibilities of WiMS Executive Committee members
  • Plan activities and tasks based on an EVMS WiMS needs assessment
  • Be actively involved with the Executive Committee and attend meetings and events
  • Take ownership of tasks that arise in the planning of activities to further the mission of connecting and supporting WiMS at EVMS
  • Share information from the committee with colleagues, departments and divisions

Why Our Work is Important

  • Women have constituted 58% of graduate students in doctoral programs since 1994, but in 2018 made up 40% of full-time basic science faculty
  • The overall proportion of full-time women faculty has continued to rise yet women make up a majority of faculty at instructor rank
  • The proportion of women from an underrepresented in medicine race or ethnicity was 12% in 2009 and 13% in 2018. The greatest proportion were at the rank of assistant professor
  • Among cohorts of both new assistant and associate professors starting in 2008 - 2009 a larger percent of men than women advanced after 7 years. The gap narrows when 10 year promotion trends are examined
  • Women make up 18% of all department chairs
  • Since 2009, the number of women deans increased by about one each year, on average

Reference: Association of American Medical Colleges, The State of Women in Academic Medicine, 20118-2019


Source: Association of American Medical Colleges, , 20118-2019


WiMS activities at EVMS

Academic year 2020-2021 Networking Events

December 8, 2020: Balancing Maternity, Children and Work, Presented by: Elena Sinkovskaya, MD, EVMS Department of OB/GYN and Racquel Carranza-Chahal, MD

Balancing Maternity (article)

The Fifth Annual WiMS will take place on June 4th, 2021 Check back for more information.

  • September 28: 12:00-1:00PM WiMS Virtual Cafe: What Needs to be Done to Ensure Gender Equity in Academia in the Wake of COVID-19? | Anca Dobrian, PhD, Natasha Sriraman, MD| EVMS
  • December 8:     12:00-1:00PM  Seminar:Balancing Maternity, Children, and Work| Racquel Chatal, MD; Elena Sinkovskaya, MD, PhD, RDMS | EVMS 

Recently published


Understanding Intersectionality: Bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of color.
Click here to view the webinar

The AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) and the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) hosted an informative and powerful webinar on defining intersectionality and had over 900 participants join. During this first part of a longer webinar series on various aspects of women of color, speakers from both inside and outside academic medicine introduced foundational elements of intersectionality theory, shared experiences, and created dialogue on how institutions can maintain an intersectional lens as they continue their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys.

Journal Articles

Achieving Gender Equity Is our Responsibility
In the wake of COVID -19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity.
Gender Bias in Collaborative Medical Decision Making: Emergent Evidence

AAMC Group and Women in Medicine and Science
The Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement

AAMC GWiMS Affinity Group

Previous WiMS activities at EVMS

The Annual WiMS event is held in June each year

   Fourth Annual WiMS event
   June 5, 2020
   9am - 2pm, Lester Hall 104
   View this presentation "Leveraging Your Brand" - Click here

  Presenter: Angela Sharkey, MD | Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina
  School of Medicine Greenville and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. 


  Third Annual WiMS event: Be the CEO of your Own Career
  June 7, 2019

  Presenter: Archana Chatterjee, MD | Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
  Development, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Second Annual WiMS event: Interpersonal Communication Skills, Graceful Self-Promotion and Utilizing Temperaments to Enhance Your Leadership Capabilities

June 8, 2018

Presenter: Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP | Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award (2013), and UMMS Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award (2016) 

First Annual WiMS event: Exploring Resiliency and Defining Success
June 2, 2017

Presenter: Patricia Numann, MD | Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, SUNY Health Sciences Center, 2011-2012 President, America College of Surgeons

Professional development networking 

Academic year 2019-2020

  • September 17: The Language of Appreciation in the Workplace | Tonya Jones, MA
  • November 5: Resilience in the Workplace | Catherine Derber, MD
  • January 28: Call in Communication Strategies to Mitigate Gender Bias | Serina Neumann, PhD
  • February 12: Providing Feedback for Performance Improvement | Tonya Jones, MA
  • March 26: Microaggressions | Susan Pollart, MD
  • June 23: Making the Most of the Mentor and Mentee Relationship | Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA

Academic year 2018-2019

  • September 12: Generations in the Workplace | Tonya Jones, MA
  • October 16: Managing Multiple Priorities | Margaret Baumgarten, MD; Carrie Elzie, PhD; Margaret Morris, PhD
  • December 4: Narrative Medicine | Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH
  • January 31: Tips for Promotion | Rebecca Britt, MD; Deborah Damon, PhD; Anca Dobrian, PhD
  • February 19: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator | Tonya Jones, MA

Academic year 2017-2018

  • October 9: Making Things Count Twice | Rebecca Britt, MD
  • December 6: Situation Leadership | Tonya Jones, MA
  • February 7: Negotiation Skills | Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA
  • February 22: Relaxation and Meditation |  Serina Neumann, PhD
  • April 11: Communication in the Workplace | Lisa Fore-Arcand, EdD