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2021 Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers Annual Event

The Department of Medicine Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers held its virtual 2021 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 23, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, FACP.

Dr. Gottlieb is Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology and the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at University of Massachusetts Medical School’s regional campus in Springfield, MA. She is currently Chair-Elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine and Science Steering Committee and former Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Women and Medicine Commission. Her book, Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine: A Roadmap for Healthcare Organizations and the Women Physicians Who Work for Them, was published by Springer in October 2020.

Her presentation, entitled Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine: Identifying Drivers of Inequity and Devising Solutions, sparked an important and timely discussion about how women have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as methods and guidance on how to mitigate the negative impacts.

Before the keynote address, the Task Force announced the recipients of the inaugural Department of Medicine Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine Susan M. MacDonald, MD Sponsorship Award to two Department of Medicine faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the career advancement of women faculty and fellows by serving as a sponsor.

sponsor is a person in a leadership position who actively supports the career advancement of a more junior faculty member or trainee in whom they recognize career and leadership potential. Sponsorship activities may include but are not limited to the following: nominating women for awards, editorial boards, meeting/session chairs, high profile institutional and national committees. A sponsor may also play a key role in coaching women for leadership roles.

2021 Susan M. MacDonald, MD Sponsorship Award Winners:

Dr. Sophie Lanzkron, professor in the Division of Hematology

Dr. David Thomas, professor & director of the Division of Infectious Diseases


We would like to thank Dr. Rachel Levine who will soon step down as associate vice chair for women’s careers in academic medicine and chair of the DOM Task Force on Women's Academic Careers in Medicine. Her leadership has been instrumental in the advancement of the careers of women faculty and trainees for the past several years.

If you'd like to contribute to the Kudoboard dedicated to Dr. Levine, click here.


Watch the full recorded event here.


Kelsey Bennett