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.


Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD


Faculty Committee Members

Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH

Maria Baggstrom, MD

Lynn A. Cornelius, MD

Sharon Cresci,MD

Victoria J. Fraser, MD

Megan E. Wren, 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

Jennie Kwon, DO, MSCI

Julie Silverstein, MD



Past Committee Members


Chief Resident Committee Members

Cassandra Fritz, MD

Wendy Wand, MD


Fellow Committee Members

Iris Lee, MD


Housestaff Committee Members

Aisling Doyle, MD

Han Li, MD

Jaspur Min, MD

Alyssa Self, MD

Basia Michalski, MD

Caroline Rogi, MD

Ankita Tirath, MD

Gretchen Evans, MD

Valerie Le, MD

Alexandra Hickman, MD

Andrea Soares, MD

Elizabeth Terry, MD



Project Coordinator

Kirsten Jones, MPPA




December 3, 2019: Academic Women's Network Dinner: "Leading as a Woman" Joan Magruder, BJC Group President and President  of St. Louis Children's Hospital

December 6, 2018: Wellness Series: Resilience Presentation, Tom Wagner PhD, resilience researcher, presenter, writer, counselor and consultant.

January 31, 2019: Visiting Professor Luncheon: Dr. Mary Armanios, Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology and the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.





Past Events




Washington University School of Medicine

Division of Medical Education

Campus Box 8121

660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

p: (314) 362-8065    f: (314) 747-1080