Forum for Women in Medicine

Collaborative Opportunities

During the 2016-2017 academic year, we will host several events focusing on areas important to the women trainees at Washington University School of Medicine. The tentative event calendar is listed below.

Our mission is to provide skill sets for the professional development of women trainees in

the Department of Medicine.

We will provide opportunities throughout the academic year to discuss women's issues and challenges in a supportive environment in order to empower women in both their professional and personal lives.

The Forum for Women in Medicine was created in 2014 to support the professional and personal development of the women trainees in the Department of Medicine.  FWIM will host workshops, lectures, and networking events throughout the academic year to provide career development guidance, facilitate mentoring opportunities and foster a sense of camaraderie within the women in the training program.  I hope that through these informative events, we will cultivate an academic culture that empowers women trainees now and in the years to come.



Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD

Director, Forum for Women in Medicine

AWN Spring Dinner, "Self-Advocacy" with Speaker:  Hillary Sale, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis


"How Did I Get Here?" Panel discussion with Dr. Vicky Fraser, Dr. Murali Chakinala, Dr. Bill Powderly, Dr. Linda Peterson and Dr. Sara Fazio, visiting professor from Harvard Medical School.


Special lunch talk by Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, ED physician, Rhodes Scholar,  & 2017 WUSM Commencement Speaker


FWIM Happy Hour Networking Event



Through this initiative, we aim to provide our women trainees:


  • Leadership Development Skills
  • Work-Life Balance Strategies
  • Career Planning Guidance
  • Opportunities for Mentor Support and Sponsorship
  • Networking Opportunities

Steering Committee


Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD


Faculty Committee Members

Maria Baggstrom, MD

Lynn A. Cornelius, MD

Victoria J. Fraser, MD

Linda R. Peterson, MD

Megan E. Wren, MD


Chief Resident Committee Members

Patricia Litkowski, MD



House staff Committee Members

Catherine McCarthy, MD

Jacqueline Chen, MD

Tanya Devnani, MD

Christina Anderson, MD

Cassandra Fritz, MD

Stephanie Velloze, MD

Ann-Marcia Tukpah, MD

Jaspur Min, MD

Victoria Levasseur, MD


Project Coordinator

Kirsten Jones

Washington University School of Medicine

Division of Medical Education

Campus Box 8121

660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

p: (314) 362-8065    f: (314) 747-1080