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January 2015 OWISM Update:

Dear women faculty,

I am hoping that you all had a wonderful holiday, and wanted to update you on the on-going activities of the OWISM!

Firstly, please all be advised that the Committee on the Status of Women has completed its 2014 report. This report is of great importance as it continues to demonstrate a gender differential in regards to leadership, promotion and salary. The recommendations made in this report (attached above) are strong and will be monitored. I am hopeful that the findings will lead to continued progress in gender equity in the SOM. I will keep you appraised of improvements overtime, and welcome your feedback on this report. Please be sure to share this report with your colleagues, and it will be available on the OWISM website.

OWISM Programs

Vice Dean’s Award and Mary Elizabeth Garrett Lecture!

I am pleased to announce that we are now soliciting nominees for the Vice Dean’s award for the advancement of women faculty .Please see the attached information. The award will be given in conjunction with the MEG lectureship which will take place on May 20, at 3:30pm in Chevy Chase Auditorium. This year the MEG lecture will be given by Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D. Phil., Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan.  Please nominate your colleagues for this prestigious award and make sure to attend this wonderful event.

Dr. Jagsi’s medical research focuses on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care.  Her social scientific research includes research into issues of bioethics arising from cancer care and research regarding gender issues, including studies of women's representation in the senior ranks of academic medicine, barriers to their advancement, and interventions intended to increase their representation.

200+ Women Professor Event!

I am also excited to note that we will be celebrating the over 200 women promoted to Full Professor since the opening of the SOM is 1893.  The first woman professor was promoted in 1917, Florence Sabin, M.D.  This important celebration will take place this fall on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Chevy Chase Auditorium, followed by a reception. Please save the date, so that we can recognize this great achievement, and recognize many of our strong women leaders.

Work/Life Intersection Series

The OWISM will be initiating its work-life intersection series March 31, 2015 from 12-1pm in the Arcade Lecture Hall with a talk on “Evidenced- Based Parenting: 5 Interaction Skills for Raising Happy and Resilient Children” given by Anne Townsend PhD, Chief Academic Officer for Mariposa Child Success Programs. This will be followed by a talk on “Smart Women, Smart Investing” facilitated by William M. Leeb, CFP on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in MRB G01 from 12-1pm. Our last presentation of the 2015 series entitled ”Organize Anything: Tips, Tools, and technology for Busy Professionals” delivered by Mary Cate Claudias, CPO (Certified Professional Organizer) will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 12-1pm in MRBG01.  Please make all efforts to attend these important and informative sessions. We will be sending out specific information about each as we get closer to the event date, but please RSVP to the OWISM at as soon as possible to indicate your interest!  


I am also excited to announce that the OWISM continues with its “Book Club” offerings. Our next book club will take place in the beginning of February and we will be discussing Mary Catherine Bateson’s book “Composing a Life”.  Dr. Bateson delves into the creative potential of the complex lives we live today, where ambitions are constantly refocused on new goals and possibilities. Through this work, Bateson shows us that life itself is a creative process.

Breakfast: Thursday, Feb. 5 (7:30-8:45AM, Meg Garrett Rm., Nutting corridor, Halstedt) facilitated by Jennifer Accardo

Lunch: Thursday, Feb. 5 (12-1PM, Welch Library Conference Rm.) facilitated by Anne Seymour

Dinner: Wednesday, Feb 11 (6-7:30PM, Meg Garrett Rm., Nutting corridor, Halstedt) facilitated by Joann Bodurtha

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Mary Elizabeth Garrett Room (MEG)

The Johns Hopkins Women’s Medical Alumnae Association in conjunction with the OWISM are pleased to announce the refurbishing of the Mary Elizabeth Garrett room on the Nutting corridor (H-106) and its availability to all women faculty and students for quiet work/rest and as a meeting place for small groups. In order to meet this combination of needs, the following scheduling process is suggested for those using the room:

1. Any meeting of 5 or fewer women can occur around the clock without prior scheduling so long as the use by other individuals for a quiet place at the same time continues to be respected.

2. For meetings of 6 or more women, the following times (or parts thereof) can be scheduled through Joanne Drake at OWISM by emailing with a request for a specific time period and date.  (7-9am, 12-1pm, 4-7pm) 

When requesting meeting time, please include: Date of meeting, start and end time, your name, division/department, and phone number. We are excited that the MEG room now has a new look, and we hope that women faculty, house staff and students take advantage of this wonderful, unique and historic room! Lease be sure to share this information with your colleagues!

Leadership Program for Women Faculty

The OWISM continues to operate the Leadership Program for Women Faculty. In September we began our sixth year, attached are our faculty members in this year’s cohort! This program continues to serve the needs of our women leaders!  We presently have 31 participants from the SOM, SPH, SON and the Whiting School of Engineering enrolled.

Emerging Women Leadership Program

We are just started our fourth EWLP cohort.  We have recruited 28 wonderful faculty to participate in this program! We are excited about this innovative program! The list of participants is attached!

More OWISM Programs

Lastly, we continue to plan for many drop in sessions, speed mentoring events, and LPWF networking luncheons over the next year. I will keep you informed about these activities, as they are finalized.

Articles of Interest

Toward Gender Parity

When Talking About Bias Backfires

Nature Medicine Commentary

Are Women Better Decision Makers?

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

In The Land of The Possible

Some Video Links for you to view:

Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 - Official UN Video

Just Like A Girl

Congratulations Mo’ne Davis; 2014 Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year

Kudos to these women faculty:

Please join me in congratulating Colleen Koch M.D., M.S., M.B.A., being named the Mark C. Rogers Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Department Director of ACCM.

Kudos to Kelly Gebo, MD, MPH,. She has been named the first Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost for Education.

Congratulations to Pamela Paulk who has been named President of Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Congratulations to Beverly Wendland, PhD, Interim Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Kudos to Marikki Laiho, MD, PhD, she will receive the 2014 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Grant.

Congratulations to Catherine DeAngelis, MD, MPH, the recipient of the 2015 Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society.

Thank you for your continued interest in the OWISM. If you have any comments or questions, please always feel free to contact the office at   Please remember to let me know of any awards or acknowledgements so that I can recognize everyone in this update. Lastly I am appreciative and welcome any articles and videos of interest to share.

I welcome any and all feedback and look forward to seeing you at our programs! Please feel free to share this update with any of your students, residents, fellows and faculty colleagues.


Kudos To:

Recently promoted Professors: Colleen Koch, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Patricia Janak, Sherita Golden, Lori Sokoll
Recently promoted Associate Professors: Rebecca Aslakson, Lisa Christopher-Stine, Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, Heidi Hutton, Aylin Tekes, Emily Boss, Duvuru Geetha, Kathleen Page, Stacy Suskauer, Betty Tyler, Jane Crosson, Anita Everett, Sara B. Johnson, Margaret Moon, Stephanie Terezakis, Sarah Wheelan, Jennifer Lee-Summers, Claudia Campbell