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Group on Women in Medicine and Science

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advocates for women’s advancement in leadership and education, research, clinical practice and administration. GWIMS supports women faculty, facilitates networking and mentoring for women faculty and students, and connects with professional groups and the community.


Upcoming Events

GWIMS Welcome Back Luncheon and Networking
September 17, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
HSB Courtyard

Vision and Trajectories for Next Generation Health Care Providers and Health Sciences Researchers
Panelists: Amber Boler, MD; Naomi Chaytor, PhD; Amy Meredith, PhD; Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD;
Lonika Sood, MD
October 7, 2021
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location SAC 241. Zoom link to follow.

Featured Article

Toward Gender Equity in Academic Promotions
Leah M. Marcotte, MD1; Vineet M. Arora, MD, MAPP2; Ishani Ganguli, MD, MPH3

Marcotte et al. (2021) conclude that “…..women physicians face slower promotional timelines and are less likely to reach associate or full professorship compared with their male counterparts, a gap that has not meaningfully changed in more than 3 decades …. and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a worrisome backslide.”

Read previous articles here


Learn about WSU ADVANCE’s sustainable programs to develop an inclusive research institution whose faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all by focusing on obstacles to recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing an exceptional, diverse faculty.


National GWIMS Website

Founding Members

Dedra BuchwaldCommunity HealthDirector and Professor
Naomi ChaytorMedical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Professor
Gail ChermakSpeech & Hearing SciencesProfessor and Chair
Dawn CooperResearch; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment and Evaluation
Dawn Elise DeWittAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean of Clinical Education, Spokane Campus
Luisita FrancisAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssistant Dean for Community Engagement
Leila HarrisonRecruitment and AdmissionsAssociate Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Inclusion
Georgina LynchSpeech & Hearing SciencesAssistant Professor
Radha NandagopalMedical Education and Clinical SciencesClinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Director, Clinical Skills, ESFCOM

College of Medicine faculty interested in being part of GWIMS? Please fill out this form:


Gail D. Chermak, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
509-358-7598 (SPOKANE)
509-335-8849 (PULLMAN)