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Mary Elizabeth Garrett

Our History

Philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Garrett provided the financial support for the founding of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (SOM) in 1893. She not only contributed financially, but did so with rigorous stipulations, which included the admittance of women on equal terms as men. The leadership of Mary Elizabeth Garrett transformed not only the role of women in medicine, but also improved the quality of medical education in America. Her early vision of gender equity ultimately changed the culture of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

In 2005, a report by the SOM Committee on Faculty Development and Gender summarized the status of women at the School of Medicine and offered nine recommendations to maximize the hiring, promotion, and retention of female faculty. As a result of the report, a Joint Oversight Committee was formed to monitor equity factors in the SOM. Additionally in 2008, the OWISM was formed to address the recommendations and subsequently an OWISM Advisory Board was formed.

 

Past Reports

View the original 2005 Committee on Faculty Development and Gender report, as well as the 2009 and 2014 follow up reports on the status of women to see the progress we have made and the barriers we still face.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster the academic progress of the SOM women faculty, through education, advocacy, mentoring and networking. In addition to providing opportunities for women to acquire the skills and strategies for professional development, we also work to increase the representation of women in leadership roles. By identifying and addressing barriers to advancement, we promote the importance of diversity, humanism, varied career paths, personal wellness and work-life balance.

Our goals are to:

  1. Improve pathways to leadership and career advancement for women.
  2. Advocate for the women faculty in the SOM, in regards to their scholarship, educational contributions, and clinical care.
  3. Allow for transparency in leadership at the SOM.
  4. Improve the work climate for all SOM women faculty.

The Office of Women in Science and Medicine (OWISM) serves to network women at all ranks in the 31 Departments of the School of Medicine, and offers educational programs to meet the needs of all women faculty. 

Women Faculty and Alumni are always welcome to contact the Office of Women in Science and Medicine (OWISM) regarding their interests, issues and programming ideas. We invite your suggestions and value your input.

Our Committees

The Office of Women in Science and Medicine was created in March of 2008, and with the help of many of you, the office has been able to launch many new and innovative programs through the years. We continue to have informal and formal programming, The Annual Event, Presentation of the Vice Deans Award and special programs for Women faculty are planned as appropriate. I would very much like to thank the entire female faculty who has agreed to serve on various OWISM committees, and also thank those of you who have participated in our many programs.

The Office of Women in Science and Medicine works closely with a group of committees to accomplish its mission, goals and to guide programming. Women faculty will be asked to serve on appropriate committees because of their leadership roles at Hopkins, their skill set and their interest in particular OWISM activities.

  • We have formalized a new structure for the OWISM Advisory Committee.  This group was announced in the spring of 2019.  The new Advisory Committee is composed of women faculty who represent the diverse nature of the faculty and the distinctly different departments at the School of Medicine. They will provide guidance to the OWISM on specific concerns of the women faculty, and the development of all OWISM events and programs.

    View Full List of Advisory Board Members

  • The committee will review all applicants for the executive leadership program and help select the cohort for this competitive program.

    • Jessica Bienstock, Professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics 
    • Joanne Bodurtha, Professor, Pediatrics 
    • Margaret Chisolm, Professor, Psychiatry 
    • Nauder Faraday, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development 
    • Barbara Fivush, Senior Associate Dean for Women 
    • Kathy Forbush, Executive Director, Talent Management 
    • Dawn LaPorte, Professor, Othopaedics 
    • Rachel Levine, Associate Dean for Faculty Education Development 
    • Kimberly Skarupski, Associate Dean for Faculty Development 
    • Elise Weerts, Professor, Psychiatry 
    • David Yousem, Associate Dean for Professional Development 
    • Roy Ziegelstein, Vice Dean of Education 
  • This committee will help to establish guidelines for the selection of the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty recipient, as well as select the awardee.

    • Jessica Bienstock, Professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics 
    • Jeanne Clark, Professor, Medicine 
    • Barbara Fivush, Senior Associate Dean for Women 
    • Argye Hillis, Professor, Neurology 
    • Irene Kuo, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
    • Kimberly Skarupski, Associate Dean for Faculty Development 
    • David Yousem, Associate Dean for Professional Development 
    • Roy Ziegelstein, Vice Dean of Education 
    • Eileen Vining, Professor, Pediatrics
  • This committee will review all applicants and rate them, as we select the best candidates for the program.

    • Joann Bodurtha, Professor, Pediatrics 
    • Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Professor, Psychiatry 
    • Lisa Ishii, Professor, Otolaryngology 
    • Linda Jones, Senior OF Specialist 
    • Rachel Levine, Associate Dean for Faculty Education Development 
    • Anne Murphy, Professor, Cardiology 
    • Kimberly Skarupski, Associate Dean for Faculty Development 
    • Eileen Vining, Professor, Pediatrics 
 

Contact Us

To learn more about the Office of Women in Science and Medicine, email us at OWISM@jhmi.edu.

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