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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

Reducing the Leadership Gender Gap
Featuring Leah Sheppard, PhD

November 7, 2022
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 993 4503 4974
Passcode: 166505

Leah Sheppard, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Management, Information Systems, Entrepreneurship
Washington State University Carson College of Business

Dr. Sheppard will present key findings of her research and facilitate discussion of concrete actions to reduce the leadership gender gap.

Featured Article

United States Medical School Academic Faculty Workforce Diversity, Institutional Characteristics, and Geographical Distributions From 2014-2018

Ogunyemi et al. (2022) evaluated trends and associations in faculty diversity of United States medical schools over a five-year period (2014-2018). They report that female faculty increased modestly while the trend remained flat for faculty typically underrepresented (UiM) in medicine. Female and UiM faculty were less represented at the professor level.

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)