Women in Medicine and Health Sciences

Clara Bliss Hinds Society Executive Committee 2023-2025
From left to right: Dr. Katrina Hawkins, Dr. Sarah Conway, Dr. Rebecca Lynch, Dr. Kirsten Brown, Dr. Lauren Ragle, Dr. Nicole DeVaul,  Not pictured - Dr. Neha Shah.

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society is the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Group on Women in Medicine and Science. It is with excitement and gratitude that we introduce the members of the 2023-2025 Executive Committee:

The overall aims of the Clara Bliss Hinds Society are to:

  • Facilitate career & leadership skill development; mentoring; and networking
  • Enhance the work environment for women
  • Promote equity in promotion, tenure, and recognition

for women throughout George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

View the Society's Bylaws

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society hosts face-to-face meetings monthly on topics of interest to members, including presentations by women leaders and skill development workshops. Membership in the Society is open to regular full and part-time faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Sign up to be a member.

History of the Clara Bliss Hinds Society for Women in Medicine and Science

In July 2018, SMHS Dean Jeffrey Akman formed a task force charged with providing recommendations to address the needs of women faculty. Led by Dr. Jean Johnson, former dean of the GW School of Nursing, the task force included faculty from the basic, clinical and health sciences. A major recommendation was the formation of a Chapter of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science to oversee programs and services to support women faculty, including planning and offering regular meetings and an Annual Women in Leadership Event.

A planning group was convened to develop the chapter, draft bylaws, develop meeting ideas, and name the group. The society was named the Clara Bliss Hinds Society, after the first woman to graduate from GW. Dr. Clara Bliss Hinds graduated from the School of Medicine in 1887. She forged the way for women at GW, and we are proud to name this society in her honor.

Watch a webinar about Dr. Hinds and her daughter presented by Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. 

Upcoming Events

Date Topic Time Location Speaker(s)
June 26th, 2024 Clara Bliss Hinds Society 3rd Annual Event 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Science and Engineering Hall - Lower Level Green Space

RSVP here 

Dr(s). Denice Cora-Bramble, Joyce Maring, and Katherine Goodrich



Past Event/Meeting Recordings

For recordings and materials from past events, please visit the Past Events page. View recordings of previous GWIMS member meetings. 

Women at Children's Hospital (W@TCH) Events

Also please see the calendar for the 2022-2023 events sponsored by our 'sister' organization, W@TCH. For more information, contact: Julia Miller at jmiller3@childrensnational.org

Useful Resources for Women in Medicine and Sciences

GW Resiliency & Well-Being Center

Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation

Papers outlining the scope of the issue:

Useful tips for avoiding Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation:

AAMC GWIMS Toolkits:

This series of presentations is designed to provide practical guidance on a variety of topics relevant to women faculty in academic medicine. Each presentation provides an overview of the topic, relevant best practices, tips on implementation, and useful references for more information. Below are only a few. Go to AAMC GWIMS Toolkits page for others.

CHAPTER 1: Managing through Teamwork for Maximum Performance (Judy Weber)

CHAPTER 2: Crafting a Fundable Grant (Emina Huang)

CHAPTER 3: Workshop Preparation and Presentation (Carla Spagnoletti, Rachel Bonnema, Melissa McNeil, Abby Spencer, & Megan McNamara)

CHAPTER 4: The Art of Successful Nominations (Jocelyn Chertoff)

Preparing Successful Award Nominations (Elizabeth Travis)

CHAPTER 5: Part-time Faculty in Academic Medicine, Individual and Institutional Advantages (Linda Chaudron, Susan Pollart & Aimee Grover)

Women in Life Sciences Equity Report by BioSpace