Mentorship Awards

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Dr. Clara Bliss Hinds was the first female graduate of GW’s medical school and graduated in 1887. Upon graduation, she was not permitted to join an internship or residency program, however she received support from another female physician, Dr. Ida Heiberger, who helped to break down barriers to education and training. Together they established the Washington Women’s Clinic in 1891 at 13th and T Streets and this is where Dr. Bliss Hinds got her clinical training along with other women physicians. The clinic operated for 60 years. Dr. Bliss Hinds left a legacy not only of clinical care but also of providing opportunities to other female physicians to access training and education.

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society is the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Group on Women in Medicine and Science. 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.

Mentorship Award:

Thank you to all who submitted nomination packets in Spring 2022. Nominations for the Clara Bliss Hinds Mentorship Awards are currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2023 for a new call for nominations.

The Clara Bliss Hinds Society at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the first annual Dr. Clara Bliss Hinds Mentorship Awards.  

Nominators may submit nominations for any GW SMHS full or part-time faculty member of any gender who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship of female students, residents, fellows and/or faculty. Faculty may self-nominate. Nominees fall into the following categories based on length of career (not only years of service at GW):

  • Rising Star: 2-10 years after completion of post-graduate education (e.g., residency/fellowship, post-doc)
  • Shining Brightly: 11-20 years after completion of post-graduate education
  • Luminary: 21+ years after completion of post-graduate education 

Criteria:

  • Demonstrates positive impact on mentees
  • Demonstrates commitment to advancement of female students, residents, fellows, and/or faculty 

Questions? Please email clarabliss@email.gwu.edu 

2022 Clara Bliss Hinds Society Mentorship Award Winners:

Rising Star Category

Dr. Natalie Kirilichin, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 

Rising Star Category Winner, Dr. Natalie Kirilichin, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (MFA)

Shining Brightly Category

Dr. Gaetano Lotrecchiano, Associate Professor of Clinical Research & Leadership & Pediatrics

Shining Brightly Category Dr. Gaetano Lotrecchiano, Associate Professor, Clinical Research & Leadership (SMHS)

Luminary Category

Dr. Lee Beers, Professor of Pediatrics 

Luminary Category  Dr. Lee Beers, Professor of Pediatrics (Children's)