Gender Equity Lunch Series

The Department of Medicine Gender Equity Lunch Series provides a space for informal, open dialogue on real issues that women and gender minorities face in the workplace and beyond.

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Led by guest moderators, the series will focus on topics related to gender equity and leadership development. This series is open to all members of all genders in the Department of Medicine.

Via zoom, please note the discussions will not be recorded. 

Upcoming series

May 25, 2023

Shared mental model for family support (results from the Gender Equity Council focus groups)

past lunch series

January 25, 2023

Topic: Mentoring & Trailblazing

The recipients of our inaugural Gender Equity Awards discussed their work in mentoring and blazing a trail for women and gender minorities.

Moderators: Dr. Stephanie Page, Dr. Michi Shinohara, Kelli Corning, 

November 8, 2022

Topic: Gender and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) workload

Special Guest Moderator: Eve Rittenberg, Harvard Medical School

Suggested reading: 

Eve Rittenberg, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a primary care internist at the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her interests include women’s health, trauma-informed care, and health equity. She is a 2018–2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellow, working with an interdisciplinary team on trauma-informed care. She is the past medical director of primary care at the Fish Center and is actively engaged in medical student education in women’s health.


September 23, 2022

Topic: Equality and reproductive rights

Moderators: Barbara Jung, professor and chair, Department of Medicine, and Amy Baernstein, associate professor (General Internal Medicine)

Suggested viewing:

  • The Janes. The Janes is a documentary about a secret abortion service network established by women in the seventies. The network used a series of code names and safe houses to provide women in need with illegal abortions during a time when abortions were banned by the state and church. (Note: Access to this documentary is provided by UW Libraries; you will need a UW Net ID to view the film. The documentary is also currently streaming on HBOMAX.)

May 25, 2022

Topic: Imposter Syndrome

Moderators: Roxanne Hicks, Internal Medicine Resident, and Yihan Yang, Clinical Instructor (General Internal Medicine)

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September 30, 2021

Topic: Gender Equity in Faculty Promotions

Moderators: Rashmi Sharma, Assistant Professor (General Internal Medicine) and Leah Marcotte, Assistant Professor (General Internal Medicine)

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October 25, 2021

Topic: Parental Leave

Moderators: Lia Barros, Teaching Associate (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) and Lauren Feld, Fellow (Gastroenterology)

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January 25, 2022

Topic: Sexual Harassment

Moderators: Katherine DeNiro, Assistant Professor (Dermatology) and Elizabeth Krakow, Assistant Professor (Medical Oncology)

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March 10, 2022

Topic: Meet & Greet with the Gender Equity Council

Moderators: Susan Merel, GEC co-chair, Kelsey Griffin, GEC co-chair and employment committee chair, Lia Barros, family support committee chair, Michelle Erickson, retention & career advancement committee chair, and Amy Fields, outreach & visibility committee chair


March 31, 2022

Topic: Women’s Unpaid Work

Moderators: Kelsey Griffin, Division Operations Manager (Gastroenterology), Anna Tappel, Resident (Dermatology) and Steph Timm, Education and Training Programs Manager (Dermatology)

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Instructions for moderators

  • Agree to, or select a topic to discuss (with corresponding presentation or article, book, video, etc.) that is related to gender equity or leadership development 
  • Introduce the topic and provide a brief overview of any reading material for those who may not have read it in advance
  • Have a list of discussion questions and be prepared to help keep the conversation flowing
  • Have fun!