Graduate Medical Education

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Supporting Graduate Medical Education

In 2017, the American Medical Women’s Association established a Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force to enable its members involved in GME to have a platform for addressing issues directly relevant to medical education and training. The fund will also eventually help support our residency division initiatives. This effort, which began following the 2017 AMWA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, was born out of the recognition of the need to support women in GME, both at the faculty and trainee level. Since 2018, a GME Symposium has been held at the AMWA Annual Meeting every year, focused on topics that include gender equity, mentorship, innovations in medical education, medical humanities, resiliency and wellness, GME expansion, workforce preparedness, faculty development, career advancement, and more.  

The symposium is open to all GME faculty, administration, and trainees and provides an opportunity to address relevant issues within GME and a forum for collaboration across different specialties. As the AMWA Annual Meeting is typically hosted in various geographic regions across the US, we are especially interested in engaging the local GME communities where the meeting is hosted, allowing additional opportunities for a Residency Fair, as introduced at the 2019 Medical Women’s International Association Congress in New York. We also hope that the option for future Virtual Symposia, as conducted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will allow us to engage the broader GME community at all levels.

Chair:  Joan Lo, MD, FACP
Kim Templeton, MD, FAOA, FAMWA
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

  • Coming soon!

Past Events

Past Events (videos are available to AMWA members in the Learning Hub)

  • Guiding Challenged Residents in Challenging Times (July 13, 2022)
    • As with others in healthcare, residents struggled with burnout and other mental health issues prior to the pandemic, and the prevalence of these has only worsened over the past 2 and half years.  However, the indicators that a resident is struggling with burnout or mental health issues can often be subtle and difficult for program directors and others to identify.  This webinar will discuss “red flags” that residents may exhibit, as well as how and when to access needed resources, and the implications of ADA and other regulations.


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GME Symposium

The GME Symposium is held every year in conjunction with the AMWA Annual Meeting. The Symposium is supported by the Vivian E. Shih GME Fund. Learn more about the Fund and support our efforts HERE.


Mar 27, 2020 (held virtually)

2020 GME SYMPOSIUM (105th AMWA Annual Meeting Session Breakout, 3/27/20) 

So You Think You Want to Start a Family Medicine Residency
Deborah Edberg, MD
Director of GME Development
Department of Family Medicine, Rush University

GME Expansion Beyond the Academic Health Center
Stephen John Cico, MD, MEd
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine 

Training Future Faculty with the Clinician Educator Training Pathway  
Christen K. Dilly, MD, MEHP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

Stress, Burnout and Depression in GME
Carol A. Bernstein, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Wellbeing
Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine  Montefiore Medical Center

Your Academic Career:  What I wish I had Known at the Beginning      
Anne Walling, MB, ChB
Professor Emerita
Former Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Family and Community Medicine
Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita Author, Academic Promotion for Clinicians



July 26, 2019 (New York, NY)


The Vision and Voice of Women in GME 
Joan C. Lo, MD, MS, FACP  (title previously listed) 
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research
GME Research Director, Assistant Residency Program Director

WIM: Creating A More JEDI Healthcare Environment
Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP 
Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians

Ensuring Safe and Equitable Environments for Women Training to Become Physicians
Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil 
Deputy Chair of Radiation Oncology, Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences
University of Michigan

Women’s Leadership and Gender Bias Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents 
Maria Yialamas, MD 
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Developing a Fellows’ Academy to Prepare Senior Trainees for Independent Practice
Rini B. Ratan, MD 
Vice Chair of Education and Associate Professor of OB/Gyn
Residency Program Director, OB/Gyn, Columbia University

Art and Critique in Medicine 
Somalee Banerjee, MD, MPH Associate Physician, Hospital Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Oakland; Senior Research Fellow, Neerman

The Challenges and Success of Fellowship Training in a Multi-Specialty Run Practice
Diana J. Galindo MD, FACP, AGSF 
Head, Section of Geriatric Medicine & Fellowship Program Director
Cleveland Clinic Florida; Affiliate Associate Professor, FAU

Leveling the Playing Field: Women Start Your Engines!
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA 
Executive Director, Indiana University (IU) National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Planning for Re-Entry to Practice
Kimberly Templeton, MD, FAMWA, FAOA  (title previously listed) 



March 21, 2018 (Philadelphia, PA)


Exploring New Ways to Educate Residents through GME Innovations 
Joan Lo, MD, FACP 
Research Scientist, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California 
Assistant Program Director, Kaiser Permanente Oakland Internal Medicine Residency
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 

Why and How GME Needs to Change 
Marshall A. Wolf, MD, MACP 
Emeritus Vice Chairman for Medical Education, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
Emeritus Program Director, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

What Do We Need to Do to Address Wellness? 
Kim Templeton, MD, FAMWA
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Health Policy and Management 
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Program Director, University of Kansas Medical Center Orthopedic Residency
Past President, American Medical Women’s Association 

Wellness in Graduate Medical Education—An ACGME Imperative 
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, FAAP 
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Sciences and Designated Institutional Official 
Professor, Clinical Sciences; Florida State University College of Medicine 
Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Breastfeeding 


AMWA Residency Division Introduction 

Advancing the Work of Women in GME through AMWA 
Joan Lo, MD, FACP 

Looking at Resident Burnout through a Gendered Lens 
Kim Templeton, MD, FAMWA 

How We Promote Wellness During Residency Training: Examples from the Field 
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, FAAP 

Nurturing Residents-A Challenging and Rewarding Activity
Marshall A. Wolf, MD, MACP

Using Story to Change Medical Culture 
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH 
Critical and Palliative Care Specialist, Highland Hospital, Alameda, CA
Author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

Vivian E. Shih Scholars

2021 Vivian E. Shih Scholar – Dr. Shilpa Darivemula

Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS is an obstetrics and gynecologyresident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is agraduate of the Leadership in Medicine program at UnionCollege and Albany Medical School. She served as AMWA ‘sArtist-in-Residence in 2016, creating a dance piece ‘Sati’sSurgery’ on perioperative vulnerability through IndianClassical Dance and co-leading Studio AMWA’s White CoatNational Public Art Project. She was awarded the Shobha S.Krishnan HPV and Cervical Cancer Champion Award in 2018for her work as the Arts lead for the Global Initiative AgainstHPV and Cervical Cancer. 

Dr. Darivemula’s passion is to blend classical and cultural arts,medical humanities, and women’s healthcare. She co-founded and runs the Aseemkala Initiative, an organizationthat uses classical Indian dance and other cultural arts toimprove health equity for women. This work has beenpresented at APHA, Examined Life, International HumanRights and Arts Festival, Commission on the Status of Women(UN); published in Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, in-House, and BMJ Blogs; and accepted at Academic Medicineand AMA Journal of Ethics. She enjoys reading, tea making,and spending time with her family. 

Dr. Darivemula’s passion for arts and medicine, specificallydance and medicine, led to her co-founding the AMWADance, Theater and Medicine Initiative this year. Her goal forGME is to create a robust presence for the arts in teachingsurgical and clinical skills as well as providing an outlet forcreative self-expression. She hopes to expand the work of themedical humanities to include cultural arts as well, reflectingAMWA’s mission of inclusivity and diversity in all resident GMEprogramming, and to involve other GME Task force membersin creating new programs and promoting research in thebudding field of arts in medicine.

2019 Inaugural Vivian E. Shih Scholar – Dr. Amanda Xi

Amanda Xi, MD, MSE is an Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is a recent graduate of the MGH Anesthesiology residency and was part of the Charter Class at Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine. Amanda founded the AMWA branch at OUWB, served in leadership positions within the AMWA National Student and Resident Divisions, and has been part of planning the AMWA Annual Meetings for the last 6 years. Currently, Amanda also serves as the Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Council of Review Committee Residents. Outside of medicine, Amanda enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, and connecting with others through social media.

Dr. Xi’s work in GME:

“Education has always been a passion of mine. Throughout college, I worked as a tutor and teaching assistant, and later, I organized an after school engineering club at an underserved middle school. Learners tend to be curious and push the boundaries of my knowledge; this feeling of constantly being challenged is a huge motivating factor for me. As I progressed through medical training, I looked for an opportunity to merge my interests in medical education with administration and found that opportunity during my internship through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Transitional Year Review Committee. My program director during my Transitional Year internship was part of this ACGME committee and shared the opportunity to join as the resident member. When I applied, I also discovered that my program director at Massachusetts General Hospital was also on the respective ACGME Anesthesiology Review Committee and was supportive of my involvement.

The ACGME’s mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation. In order to achieve this mission, the organization ensures that each committee assessing accreditation status includes a resident member. In addition to being part of the specialty or institutional review committee, every resident member is also part of the Council for Review Committee Residents (CRCR). The CRCR advises the ACGME Board of Directors and provides a platform for resident-led initiatives.

During my term on the Transitional Year Review Committee, I discovered that the CRCR offered the unique opportunity to interface and collaborate with a motivated, multispecialty group of residents invested in improving graduate medical education. Work on wellbeing through the launch of the Back to Bedside Collaborative has led to the funding of 60+ resident-led projects across the country to foster meaning and joy in work and allow them to engage on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients. CRCR focus topic discussions on inconsistent parental leave policies across training programs and specialties led to the formation of a Parental Leave Task Force. Subcommittees of the CRCR – well-being and leadership – have led sessions at the ACGME Annual Education Conference (AEC). Numerous articles originating from the CRCR have been published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME). Inspired by the transformative discussions and initiatives led by members of the CRCR, I ran for the position of Vice Chair and subsequently Chair of the Council. Currently, I am in my two-year term as Chair of the CRCR and look forward to continuing the momentum we have gained.” 

Vivian E. Shih GME Scholar Application




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  2. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018). Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington DC: The National Academies Press.
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The proceedings from the first three GME Symposiums were published in a special Women in Medicine issue of The Permanente Journal.

Vivian E. Shih Medical Education Fund

In 2019, the American Medical Women’s Association established the Dr. Vivian E. Shih Graduate Medical Education Fund to support initiatives in graduate medical education for women in medicine. Dr. Vivian Shih has been recognized as an internationally renowned expert in the field of metabolic genetics and a scientist, mentor, educator, and pediatric specialist. The Fund will help support and inspire future women in medical training and the programs that nurture their professional growth.

Dr. Vivian Shih has had a long and storied career as one of the leading experts in inherited disorders of amino acid and related metabolism. Born in 1934 in China, Dr. Shih graduated from National Taiwan University of Medicine in 1958. She came to the United States for post-graduate training and completed a rotating internship at Edgewater Hospital (Chicago), residency in pediatrics at Philadelphia General Hospital, and fellowship in pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She trained under Dr. Mary L. Efron at the Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the faculty in 1967, initially as an Instructor in Neurology of Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor in 1970, and Associate Professor in 1976 and later full professor. For decades until her retirement, Dr. Shih was Director of the Amino Acid Disorders Laboratory within the Neurology Service of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a pioneering scientist whose research on amino acid metabolic disorders have led to critical advancement of the field. She has been a research mentor to numerous trainees and postdoctoral fellows, as well as a clinical educator and was honored with MGH’s Teacher of the Year Award in the Pediatric Neurology Service in 1998. During her career, she published over 140 articles in peer reviewed journals, was twice the recipient of the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (1985, 1992), and was a member of numerous medical societies, most notably serving as President of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders and a founding member of the American College of Medical Genetics. She retired in 2010 and currently resides in Massachusetts.

“Woman physicians often take on a myriad of roles. Dr. Vivian Shih was an internationally renowned expert in the field of metabolic genetics, and also a scientist, mentor, educator, and pediatric specialist. During our medical school years, she was also our aunt and mentor, welcoming us into her home in Belmont, MA – our home away from home. We hope that the Vivian E. Shih Graduate Medical Education Fund will support and inspire future women in medical training and the programs that nurture their professional growth.”

Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH – Executive Director, American Medical Women’s Association
Joan C. Lo, MD, MS – GME Task Force Chair, American Medical Women’s Association

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Newsletter May 2021