Forum for Women in Medicine

Our mission is to provide skill sets for the professional development of women trainees in

the Department of Medicine.

We will provide opportunities throughout the academic year to discuss women's issues and challenges in a supportive environment in order to empower women in both their professional and personal lives.

The Forum for Women in Medicine was created in 2014 to support the professional and personal development of the women trainees in the Department of Medicine.  FWIM will host workshops, lectures, and networking events throughout the academic year to provide career development guidance, facilitate mentoring opportunities and foster a sense of camaraderie within the women in the training program.  I hope that through these informative events, we will cultivate an academic culture that empowers women trainees now and in the years to come.



Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD

Director, Forum for Women in Medicine


Through this initiative, we aim to provide our women trainees:


  • Leadership Development Skills
  • Work-Life Balance Strategies
  • Career Planning Guidance
  • Opportunities for Mentor Support and Sponsorship
  • Networking Opportunities

Collaborative Opportunities

Steering Committee

During the academic year, we will host several events focusing on areas important to the women trainees at Washington University School of Medicine. The tentative event calendar is listed below.


November 19, 2019: Women in Medicine & Science Symposium: Forging Ahead. Guest Speakers: Diana L. Gray MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at WUSM, Diana Lautenberger MA, Director Women in Medicine & Science at AAMC, and Keynote Speaker Michelle Lall MD MSC FACEP, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


November 19, 2019: Academic Women's Network Fall Dinner: "Ally, Advocate, or Accomplice: We are Better Together" with guest speaker Michelle Lall MD MHS, Associate Professor of Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


December 16, 2019: Wellness Lecture: "The Psychology of Mindset and Resilience" with Tim Bono, PhD, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University



Past Events


Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD


Faculty Committee Members

Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH

Maria Baggstrom, MD

Sharon Cresci,MD

Victoria J. Fraser, MD


Fellows Outreach Subcommittee Co-Directors

Sharon Cresci,MD

Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH


Fellows Outreach Subcommittee Members

Anuja Java, MD

Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH

Caline Mattar, MD

Julie Silverstein, MD



Past Committee Members


Chief Resident Committee Members

Shakthi Bhaskar, MD

Aisling Doyle, MD


Fellow Committee Members

Iris Lee, MD

Jackie Chen MD

Maanasi Samaant MD

Krasimira M Mikhova MD


Housestaff Committee Members

Alyssa Self, MD

Caroline Rogi, MD

Ankita Tirath, MD

Gretchen Evans, MD

Valerie Le, MD

Andrea Soares, MD

Elizabeth Terry, MD

Abbye Clark, MD

Naina Rengarajan, MD, PhD


Project Coordinator

Matthew Heaton





Washington University School of Medicine

Division of General Medicine

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