Welcome from the Chair

Oprah Winfrey said, “When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.”


In 2015 Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates, Founding Chair, set the bar when she accepted then-Dean Frederick de Beer’s call to revitalize the Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) program focused on formal mentoring and career development of women faculty. The inaugural WIMS Executive Committee created the structure and included women trainees and students within the College of Medicine (COM). In July 2018 I began my two-year term as Chair, with the theme of Expansion and Collaboration. Here’s what the awesome WIMS Team accomplished through June 2019:


  • Increased the number of professional development programs – open to all faculty,  trainees and students
  • Collaborated with Dr. Renay Scales, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, to send more COM women faculty, trainees and students to external professional development programs
  • Grew our online presence in social media to share the accomplishments of COM women
  • Established the WIMS Endowment to support the Annual WIMS Day
  • Created the WIMS Certificate Program in professional development, available to all COM faculty, trainees and students https://www.cecentral.com/wims


With all we’ve accomplished, it was time to update our Vision and Mission Statements to reflect our growth. The result of our rich discussion during our second annual retreat in June 2019:



WIMS: Changing the faces, enriching the spaces



Strengthen the network of Women in Medicine and Science by facilitating opportunities for advancement through engagement, collaboration, mentorship, and development


Going forward, we will build our Strategic Plan around the following:



  • Involve all COM women faculty and trainees (clinical fellows/residents, medical students; post-doctoral fellows/scholars, graduate students) in all WIMS activities and events


  • Promote a culture that advances Women in Medicine and Science and builds relationships between departments and colleges


  • Foster mentorship and networking opportunities for women faculty and trainees


  • Facilitate advancement opportunities for women by providing programming to meet personal and professional needs

Join us! Share your ideas with us, and come along for the ride. As Oprah Winfrey said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”


Kristine M. Lohr, MD, MS
Chair, Executive Committee