Resident Division

Past Resident Division Award Winners

2023 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Crystal Joseph, MDCrystal Ashlyn Joseph, MD

Crystal Joseph is a PGY-1 Transitional Year resident who will be doing her anesthesiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Originally from New Jersey, she went to Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a B.S in Biological Sciences. She recently graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and is currently doing her transitional year at St. Luke’s University Health Network prior to her anesthesiology residency training. When she isn’t studying or working, Crystal loves dancing and choreographs dance pieces. She is passionate about mentorship and DEI, currently serving as a diversity and equity committee resident representative for the Women in Anesthesiology-Medical Student Component. According to recent literature, the anesthesiology workforce is currently about 25% female, and within anesthesiology residency programs, only 33% of residents are women. These percentages have not changed significantly since 2006. With this in mind, Crystal focuses on mentorship to invest in the future of anesthesiology for women.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Thulasee Jose, MD

Thulasee ( Tulsi) Jose, MD, is an Internal Medicine resident at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Texas, and research faculty at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She currently serves as the president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ( ASCO) student interest group in the residency program and recipient of the 2021-2022 Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Resident Research Award. Prior to residency training, Dr. Jose completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester where she was the recipient of the Yale University-Mayo Clinic Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) Award and served as the Mayo chapter representative for the Women in Engineering and Science Research ( WISER) Group. Dr. Jose is actively involved in AMWA initiatives, particularly the recruitment of new members and connecting residents with research opportunities. Consecutively for two years, Dr. Jose is the recipient of the 2021 and 2022 Young Achiever Merit Awards from the American College of Physicians ( ACP) for being selected as a national finalist in the clinical research poster category. Currently, she continues to serve as a mentor for interns and co-residents on clinical and quality improvement research projects and hopes to advance women in medicine through grassroots advocacy work focused on promoting women leadership in Academia. After residency training, Dr. Jose plans to pursue clinical training in Hematology-Oncology.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Krystal Mills, MD

Dr. Krystal Mills has explored scientific writing through scholarly activities but has loved creative writing as well as the creative and performing arts since a young age. Her clinical and research interests include health disparities and gastrointestinal metaplasia. She will begin her fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after completing this year as chief resident at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Mills is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion through the Susan Love Writing Competition

2022 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Laura Vater, MD, MPH

Laura Vater, MD, MPH is an oncology fellow, writer, and advocate for medical trainees. She has published a number of narrative medicine essays and is working on her first novel.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Selena Park, MD

Selena is a third year OBGYN resident at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She began her involvement in AMWA as a medical student, was elected as the External Relations Chair in 2018, and is currently serving as the Mentorship Chair. Her interests in OBGYN include reproductive medicine, teaching, and education. Her goal through AMWA is to contribute building a supportive community for female residents and physicians.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Zainab Mabizari, MD

Zainab Mabizari is a writer, poet, and physician of Algerian descent. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and master’s degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. She is currently completing a social justice focused medical residency at Montefiore’s Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine program in the Bronx, where she will serve as a future chief resident. You can find her words and poetry on publications such as TEDx and the Intima.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Bridget Findlay, MD

Dr. Findlay is a third year urology resident at the Mayo Clinic. She is passionate about promoting women pursuing surgical specialties and research regarding gender parity in surgical training. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester and medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

2021 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Devika Gandhi, MD

Devika Gandhi is a third-year internal medicine resident at Indiana University. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. After residency, she will be pursuing gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship at Loma Linda University in California.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Abhita Reddy, MD MBA

Abhita Reddy, MD MBA is completing her role as chief resident in Northwestern McGaw Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. She came to Northwestern by way of LSU School of Medicine where she was awarded AOA & Gold Humanism. Throughout residency, Abhita has significantly improved the female trainee experience by establishing a resident recruitment committee, starting a women’s oto group within her program, and mentoring female students & residents. She has demonstrated her commitment to leadership in academics by pursuing a certificate in Medical Education and an MBA at Kellogg School of Management.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Bridget Lang Findlay, MD

Dr. Bridget Findlay is a second year Urology resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She currently serves as a resident member on the AUA North Central Section Women in Urology Committee. Her clinical interests include transitional urology, specifically related to the care of adolescent and adult patients with congenital urologic conditions. She is passionate about medical education and the promotion of women pursuing surgical subspecialties. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester and medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Ovini Rodrigo, MD, MSc

Ovini Rodrigo, MD, MSc has been an avid writer since she was young. During medical school at FAU, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received an honorable mention in the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare essay contest. She is currently a second year pediatric resident at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in their Primary Care Leaders Addressing and Evaluating Disparities (L.E.A.D.) program. She plans to pursue a fellowship in academic general pediatrics with a concentration in medical education.


Vivian E. Shih GME Scholar Award

Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS

Dr. Shilpa Darivemula is an Obstetrics and Gynecology resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Leadership in Medicine program at Union College and then Albany Medical School. Dr. Darivemula is passionate about blending classical and cultural arts, medical humanities, and women’s healthcare to create a more culturally humble field of women’s healthcare. She served as the 2016 AMWA Artist-in-Residence, co-led Studio AMWA, and helped co-create the AMWA Dance and Theater Arts Task Force. Dr. Darivemula also co-founded the Aseemkala Initiative, an organization that uses classical Indian dance and other cultural arts to improve health equity for women. This work has been presented at APHA, International Human Rights and Arts Festival, Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN, and published in Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, in-House, BMJ Blogs, and the AMA Journal of Ethics.

2020 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Brette Harding, MD

Brette is currently a PGY3 surgical resident training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Missouri.  She is currently the Advocacy Chair of the Resident Division of AMWA.  She plans to pursue a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction.  Her interests include HPV-related head and neck cancer treatment and prevention.  In addition to this, she enjoys working with medical students and encouraging them to pursue their goals, especially surgical careers


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Anne M. Kuwabara MDAnne Kuwabara, MD

Anne M. Kuwabara MD is currently a Physical Medicine Rehabilitation (PM&R) resident at Stanford University. Dr. Kuwabara is a passionate advocate for the field of PM&R. She serves as a Resident Section Editor of The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ambassador of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Junior Resident Liaison of the Stanford PM&R Residency program, and resident leader of the PM&R medical student interest group at Stanford. She completed her undergraduate studies in molecular cell biology and public policy at University of California-Berkeley and medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Katharina Perlin, MDKatharina Perlin, MD

Rina Perlin is a first year Psychiatry resident at the University of Louisville. Advocacy, particularly related to reproductive health and establishing a national single-payer health program, has been integral to her medical career thus far, and she is excited to continue to work with patients and colleagues to bring about meaningful change in healthcare. Her professional areas of interest include women’s mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. In her free time she writes poetry and goes hiking with her dog, Lentil.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Tara Shrout, MD, MSc

Tara Shrout, MD, MSc is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. She developed an early fascination for medical research, attending summer camps and volunteering with STEM programs in rural Kentucky during middle and high school. She attended Vanderbilt University for a double-major in molecular biology and political science, and then returned to Kentucky for medical school where she was elected AMA State Delegate and helped create the Kentucky Medical Student Outreach and Leadership Program. During medical school, Dr. Shrout was granted an NIH TL1 award to support one year of cardiovascular research. She is now completing her internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA and working with the Framingham Research Study and AMA-RFS MA Governing Council. Dr. Shrout is grateful for a running friend and colleague who recently connected her with the AMWA and looks forward to learning from our organization.

2019 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Emman Dabaja, MD, MPH

Emman Dabaja, MD MPH is a 1st year Pediatrics resident at Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She graduated from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH). Emman served as the former AMWA National Global Health Chair, where she helped select and mentor the Anne Carter Fellows. During her time as the Outreach Chair and Vice President of OUWB AMWA, Emman helped establish a long-term partnership with a Detroit based juvenile facility and foster home for girls, where AMWA members routinely provide health education sessions. Currently, Emman is the Principal Investigator of multiple pediatric public health projects that focus on minority health disparities. She has presented her work at multiple national conferences, including AMWA national conferences.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Chung Sang Tse, MD

Chung Sang Tse, MD, is a gastroenterology fellow at Brown University. Dr. Tse received her medical degree from Yale University and completed her internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic, where she served as the AMWA’s Residents’ Division AMWA-AMA Liaison and National Conference Co-Chair. Dr. Tse is the president-elect of the AMWA Residents’ Division and she is leading a national study on gender parity of gastroenterology fellowship programs in the past decade. Locally, she organizes Endoscopy Simulation sessions for medical students and residents to provide trainees an opportunity to engage with endoscopes early in their medical training.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Fatima Fahs, MD

Fatima Fahs is a dermatology resident in Detroit, Michigan, entering her final year, serving as chief resident. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BS in biology and a minor in art. Fatima attended Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester Hills, Michigan and graduated with her MD in 2016. She has been an active AMWA member since medical school, serving in many capacities. Fatima previously served as the national student division president of AMWA from 2015-2016. She helped create the Studio AMWA committee, which is dedicated to highlighting the artistic talents of AMWA members. In addition, she serves on the Mentorship committee, where she works with committee members to organize mentorship webinars and create networking opportunities at the national conference. She is also the chair of the membership committee. Outside of residency and AMWA, Fatima spends her free time with her husband and daughter. She is missing the MWIA meeting because she is welcoming the newest addition to her family–a baby boy! She also enjoys blogging on her Instagram account @dermy_doctor.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Brit Trogen, MD

Brit Trogen is a rising PGY-2 pediatrics resident at New York Langone/Bellevue Hospital. Prior to attending medical school, she obtained a master’s degree in medical anthropology, and worked as a writer and science journalist. She has a strong interest in medical ethics and health policy.

2018 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Carissa May, MD

Dr. Carissa May is an Ob/Gyn resident physician at Beaumont Health – Royal Oak, affiliated with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (Michigan). She attended the University of Southern California and subsequently attended the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she met her husband, Dr. Kennedy Iheanacho. Dr. May enjoys teaching amidst the busy Ob/Gyn service at Beaumont and is a proponent of effective mentorship for both professional and personal success and fulfillment. When away from work, Dr. May enjoys singing, learning foreign languages, and spending time and traveling with her husband and 18-month-old daughter, Bella Cruz Iheanacho. Dr. May looks forward to combining her passions for women’s health, language, and travel, through incorporation of Global Health in her future practice where she can further learn, practice, and utilize French, Spanish, and American Sign Language as an important communication tool with her patients.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Pauley T. Gasparis, MD

I graduated from Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and am pursuing a career in breast imaging. I am passionate about advocating for breast health and appropriate breast cancer screening and have discussed these issues on Capitol Hill with our State Senators. With my colleagues, I developed the Women in Radiology Group at Indiana University. This has provided an outlet for women in radiology to encourage one another in their personal and professional lives. I am currently the Faculty Co-Advisor for the AMWA Pre-med branch at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN. I love mentoring pre-medical students and encouraging them to enter the medical profession. I have hosted multiple events bringing women faculty, residents, and students together to discuss relevant issues. I have also organized multiple visiting professorships with a focus on women in radiology. I love being a part of AMWA because I am passionate about creating a strong supportive network among women physicians.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Sarah A. Eidelson, MD

Dr. Sarah Eidelson grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Miami(UM) for her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Medicine. She is currently a PGY-4 General Surgery resident at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Eidelson took two years off to pursue a research fellowship in trauma, critical care and burns, as well as a Master of Public Health. She runs the Mass Casualty Training for the US Army Forward Surgical Team, in addition to volunteering as a field-of-play medic at last year’s Olympics in Brazil. Helping oversee the surgical clerkship has fueled her passion for both medical education and mentorship.


Susan Love Writing Contest

Elizabeth Brigham, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Brigham is a second year Pediatrics resident at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Prior to her pediatric residency, she graduated from medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in 2015 and completed a preliminary year in General Surgery. She has a particular interest in pediatric critical care, pediatric trauma, and simulation-based resident education. She has been involved with AMWA since the beginning of medical school serving as the President of her medical school’s chapter and as the Region 3 Supervisor on the AMWA student board.

2017 Resident Award Winners

Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Chung Sang Tse, MD

Chung-Sang Tse, MD is an Internal Medicine resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from the Yale School of Medicine where she was named a Farr Scholar for excellence in research, leadership, and creativity, and was the recipient of the John P. Peters Commencement Prize. She was the Yale Chapter Representative for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and was the Co-President for Women in Medicine. She was also a Medical Student Council Member for the Connecticut State Medical Society and Co-President of the American Medical Association (AMA) Yale Chapter. As an Internal Medicine Resident at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Tse continues to stay active in AMWA. Most recently, she was the recipient of the AMWA Young Women in Science Award 2016 and received First Place for her Case Poster Presentation in the resident’s division at the AMWA 101st Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida. She continues to serve as a mentor for medical students and junior residents, and she hopes to advance women in medicine through mentorship and networking.


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award

Cherilyn Cecchini, MD

Cherilyn Cecchini, MD is entering her third year of pediatrics residency at Children’s National Medical Center. She served as President of the Resident Division this year after having served as President Elect for the past year. Prior to this, she worked as the AMWA Blog Coordinator as a member of the social media division. She graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in 2011. During her time in medical school, she held the National Secretary position of the Student Division. She also was elected to serve as co-president of her local Jefferson AMWA branch. Cherilyn grew up in Westchester County, New York and she attended The Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate earning her MS in Biology. Her hobbies include reading, running, playing soccer, boxing, and traveling.


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award

Olivia Ringo, MD

​Olivia Ringo, MD is a small town Kentuckian getting that big city experience during her Anesthesiology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY.  She is passionate about medical education, and has completed an education fellowship during medical school, developed lectures for incoming anesthesia residents at Downstate, and was ecstatic to be appointed Education Chief for her last year in residency.  Also active in research, Olivia has presented original work as well as case reports at conferences across the nation.  Her AMWA involvement began with the fateful meeting of a colleague in medical school outside of a spin class, which then developed into a best friendship and a collaboration to form University of Kentucky’s first medical school AMWA chapter.  Having attended her first national conference in March 2016, she is further inspired to continue spreading the AMWA word during residency and is proud to serve as the resident division Awards Chair. Exciting news came in 2016 that she had been appointed by the governor as a Kentucky Colonel, making Colonel Ringo her new favorite title.  Beginning in August, Olivia will start 25th grade and her final year of medical training as a Pain Management Fellow at the University of Washington.  Outside the hospital, Olivia loves destroying the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces, counting as many breaths as possible while upside down in yoga poses, and and traveling to places that make her family nervous.


Susan Love Writing Competition

​1st Place – Angela Jarman, MD

Angela Jarman, MD initially became interested in gender as an undergraduate at Duke University, where she majored in Women’s Studies before deciding to pursue a career in Medicine. She graduated from the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and during her time there worked extensively with administration to increase representation of women among the College’s graduates. In 2013, Angela moved to Salt Lake City to pursue residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah, where she graduated as Chief Resident. Angela was awarded a fellowship position at Brown University in International Emergency Medicine. At Brown, Angela is continuing her work with a focus on gender as a determinant of health in the developing world and is obtaining a Masters in Public Health degree while splitting her time between Providence and Kigali, Rwanda.

2nd Place – Chung Sang Tse, MD

See Bio Above under Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award