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.

  • February 26, 2018



  • February 26, 2018



  • April 26, 2018



  • May 2, 2018


Wellness Series: Art Therapy Project with Sarah Colby, Arts & Healthcare Coordinator Barnes-Jewish Hospital


Letter of Recommendation Workshop, Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD &

Maria Baggstrom,  MD


Conflict Management Workshop, Eva Aagaard, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education


Professional Development Lecture Series: Implicit Bias by Lynn Cornelius MD, Professor and Chief of Dermatology WUSM






Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD


Faculty Committee Members

Maria Baggstrom, MD

Lynn A. Cornelius, MD

Victoria J. Fraser, MD

Linda R. Peterson, MD

Megan E. Wren, MD


Chief Resident Committee Members

Catherine McCarthy, MD, PhD

Jacqueline Chen, MD



House staff Committee Members

Christina Anderson, MD

Cassandra Fritz, MD

Stephanie Velloze, MD

Ann-Marcia Tukpah, MD

Han Li, MD

Jaspur Min, MD

Alyssa Self, MD

Basia Michalski, MD

Caroline Rogi, MD

Ankita Tirath, MD

Gretchen Evans, MD, MPH


Project Coordinator

Kirsten Jones, MPPA


Past Committee Members


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