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August 2011 Update

Dear Women Faculty,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, I wanted to update you on the OWISM!

Leadership Program for Women Faculty

The OWISM has just graduated it’s second cohort of women leaders from the Leadership Program for Women Faculty (LPWF). Forty five  female Associate and Assistant Professors from 19 departments completed this intensive 10 month program.  The goal of the LPWF is to provide leadership development for our motivated and skilled women faculty and to develop JHSOM women leaders, who can contribute to future initiatives. We congratulate the  women who have just completed this course. ( I have attached the list of participants.)  We are in the process of selecting participants for our third LPWF, which will begin in the fall of 2011. We have received an unprecedented number of applications this year, but have established  a strong review team to help in this process! I will keep you informed as this process moves forward.

Information and Conversation Session

We have several exciting events coming up in the next few months which I would like to mention.

The  Office of Women in Science and Medicine is hosting its next “Information and Conversation” Session on Tuesday,  September 20, 2011, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the School of Medicine West Room  located in the Turner Concourse. This session  entitled “Negotiation Skills”  will be facilitated by Heather Williams.   Please make time to attend this important session, as the information presented is critical to your career. Negotiation is a skill necessary for success. This session is  open to all women faculty. Light breakfast will be provided. If you would like to attend, please reply to the and indicate that you are responding to this specific session.

Work Life Balance Program

The Office of Women in Science and Medicine will also hold an interactive session on “How to Hire and Inspire your Nanny on Thursday, September 22, 2011, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Darner Conference Room (G007) located off the Turner Concourse. This is part of a series for women faculty to discuss issues surrounding work-life intersection. The session is in collaboration with the Office of Work, Life and Engagement and will be facilitated by expert Dulany Dent from the Nanny Network. Learn about the process of hiring a nanny, the importance of setting good boundaries, and ways to build positive communication. This session is open to all women faculty. Light breakfast will be served. If you would like to attend, reply to and indicate that you are responding to this specific event.

Bridging the Gap

Additionally, the OWISM in collaboration with the Professional Development and Career Office will be hosting its next session in the “Bridging the Gap” series which has been developed for Women Post Doctoral Students (both in the basic sciences and clinical areas) and Junior Faculty. Our next session will take place on Thursday, October 6,2011 from noon to 1:00 PM in the School of Medicine West Room  located in the Turner Concourse. It is entitled “Work Life and Faculty Responsibilities and will be facilitated by a panel of Women Faculty including: Lisa Ishii, Caren Meyers Susan Lehmann and Elizabeth Chen.  This interactive session will provide important information in regards to balancing early career advancement, and how to navigate the system. A light lunch  will be served. This session is open to all Post Doctoral Students as well as faculty.  Please reply to the if you plan to attend, and indicate that you are responding to this specific event.   


I am also sending you the link to the most recent GWISM (AAMC Group on Women in Science and Medicine) newsletter. I hope you find the information in the newsletter of interest!


As you may be aware, I am interested in promoting and acknowledging the work of the women faculty on the OWISM website. Please make me aware of any new leadership positions or awards you have received. I would like to publicize this!

Backup Child Care

I recently have heard from the Office of Work Life and Engagement and  I wanted to give you some highlights of the Backup Child Care benefit that is available to all full-time faculty and staff at JHU and JHH/JHHSC.  This benefit is designed to provide faculty and staff with high-quality, temporary care to allow them to work. 

Examples of when you may consider using this benefit:

·         Your child’s school is closed for a holiday (or heat emergency!).

·         You are suddenly in between nannies.

·         Your child had a fever and needs to wait 24 hours before returning to the daycare center.

·         You need to take your child with you to a conference.

·         Your child, spouse/partner or adult relative is ill and needs assistance. (Please contact me for information about obtaining temporary homecare care for adults—this is also a wonderful benefit that can be used for local or out-of-town relatives who need some assistance.)


·         The program can be used no matter what your normal childcare arrangements are—a center, a nanny, or family members.

·         You can request same day care or schedule care weeks in advance.

·         You receive 10 days of care each fiscal year.

·         Minimum of 4 hours of care per episode.

·         Most employees are eligible for a subsidy of $4, $6 or $8 per hour.

·         Child care in Baltimore is $14 per hour ($15 per hour in DC).

·         There is no fee to pre-register and no obligation to use the service.

·         Once you register, you can call and 800 number whenever you need care.

Backup Care Program Overview (includes FAQ’s and policies):

JHU Registration: (pre-registration is required)
(Although the registration form says that you need to mail or hand-carry the registration form, please just scan it to me or fax to 410-955-2467). 

JHH/JHHSC Registration:

Thank you all for your continued support of the OWISM!

Barbara Fivush

Director of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics