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:

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 


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

Nomination Packet Materials:

All materials can be submitted to  in a SINGLE PDF document with the subject line: Mentorship Award- your name

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • CV of the nominee that includes a list or table of current and former Mentees and their accomplishments (example mentoring table from pg. 15 of SMHS APT manual), which could include professional development, scholarship, teaching, successful application to university/college, medical school, graduate school, residency, postgraduate training, scholarship, teaching, personal support and encouragement, among others. The CV should focus on mentorship and be no longer than 10 pages long.
  • Two Nomination Letters (1-2 pages maximum): 
    • One letter should be from a Mentee, current or former, and should include description of how the Nominee has impacted their professional and/or personal development
    • One letter from a nominator of your choice, does not have to be a department chair or leader

Questions? Please email . The 1st annual award winners will be recognized at the annual Clara Bliss Hinds Society Leadership Event on June 14, 2022. 

Nominations for 2022 are closed.