Creating a climate for the academic advancement of women is a strategic priority for EVMS Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Why? The number of women entering academic medicine has grown over the past four decades and account for approximately 20% of full-time faculty, yet women have not reached senior positions in parity with men (Carr, 2015).

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges, The State of Women in Academic Medicine, 2013-14

WiMS activities at EVMS

Our mission is to promote, support and advocate for the full participation and advancement of women in medicine and science (WiMS) at all career stages at EVMS.

The WiMS Executive Committee guides activities at EVMS (membership of the committee is below).

In 2017, all female faculty at EVMS were invited to take part in a needs assessment. Responses were used to guide the planning of WiMS-focused activities. Requests for professional development activities included:

  • Leadership development: 78%
  • Negotiation skills: 70%
  • Managerial styles in the workplace: 63%
  • Work-life balance: 61%
  • Navigating through the academic ranks and promotion: 58%
  • Self-promotion skills: 57%
  • Finance: 47%
  • Communication skills: 41%

We host an annual WiMS event in June.

Fourth Annual WiMS event

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 events

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
  • April 14: Tips for Promotion: Building Your CV | Rebecca Britt, MD; Deborah Damon, PhD; Anca Dobrian, PhD
  • 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

WiMS Executive Committee

  • Lisa Fore-Arcand, EdD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Deborah Damon, PhD, Physiological Sciences
  • Elena Galkina, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology
  • Henri Parsons, PhD, Internal Medicine
  • Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA, Internal Medicine
  • Dana Ramirez, MD, Pediatrics
  • Elena Sinkovskaya, MD, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, Pediatrics
  • Judith Taylor-Fishwick, MSc, Pediatrics
  • Kelli Will, PhD, Pediatrics

Roles and responsibilities of WiMS Executive Committee members

  • Attend Executive Committee meetings
  • Suggest activities and tasks for the committee based on defined needs
  • 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