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Women in Medicine & Science

Women in Medicine & Science (WIMS) at JCESOM is in alliance with the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) in medical schools across the country, through its Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) affiliation.

Mission: Our mission is focused on advancing the careers of women faculty, residents, and students in the fields of medicine and science, by providing tools and opportunities to succeed in academic medicine.

Purpose: Promote policies, practices, and programs that advance women’s participation and success by:

  • Building a supportive community that will nurture the professional development of current and future women in medicine and science.
  • Advocating for women’s advancement and leadership in education, research, clinical practice, and administration.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and applying data to inform institutional and individual decisions and actions.
  • Developing and disseminating initiatives, resources, mentoring, and professional career development programs.
  • Recognizing women’s accomplishments.
  • Working with AAMC and other medical schools to advance women in medicine and science nationally.


Hillary Porter, DO

Department of Medicine - Pediatrics

Ginger Boles, MS PA-C

Physician Assistant Program Director

Piyali Dasgupta, PhD

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Samrina Hanif, MD

Department of Neurology

Jennifer Dotson, DO

Department of Oncology

Chair of the WIMS Executive Council

Andrea Lauffer, MD

Department of Medicine - Pediatrics


Saba Altarawneh, MD

Medical Student

Seneca Williams

Graduate Student

Audrey Grigore

Biomedical Research 

PA Student

Paulome Srivastava

The Women Executive Council (WEC) shall function in an advisory capacity to the Office for Faculty Advancement. The council shall guide in program planning and supporting activities related to personal and professional growth of our women faculty, students, and residents at JCESOM. The executive council will meet four (4) times a year on a quarterly schedule.

Dr. Andrea Lauffer has been elected as Women in Medicine and Science Executive Council Chair for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Dr. Lauffer received her medical degree and residency training here at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through the Pediatric Department with her primary clinical work in hospital medicine. She serves as the clerkship director for the pediatric inpatient medicine rotation and helps teach the residents and hospital medicine fellows. Dr. Lauffer was named the 2021 Advocate of the Year for the WV AAP and serves as the Chief Health Officer for Cabell County Schools.

Mentoring Circle

The goal of the mentoring circle is to provide a longitudinal mentoring experience that ensures every woman faculty, resident, graduate, and medical student, are linked with WIMS Resources, such as rapidly integrated into in the JCESOM community. The mentoring circle program will be an enriching and invaluable experience that allows you to stay connected with new and established woman leaders and professionals. We are currently seeking participants (as a Mentor or a Mentee) for WIMS Mentoring Circle Program, 2019-2020.

Women in Medicine and Science Mentoring Forum – June 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Guest Speaker Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD and Tamela J. White, BSN, MPH, JD
Mentoring Forum Flyer

So you have signed up to be a mentor! What happens next?

Mentor Training, October 2019 | Webinar Slides

GWIMS Toolkit

Meeting Minutes:
1/29/2013 | 4/9/2013 | 7/16/2013 | 10/8/2013 | 12/3/2013 | 4/11/2014 | 7/11/2014 | 1/16/2015 | 6/26/2015 | 1/13/2017 | 3/29/2019 | 6/4/2019 | 9/19/2019 | 11/21/2019 | 1/12/2022 | 2/18/2022 | 4/27/2022

Annual WIMS Leadership Forum: Inspire, Engage, Learn and Lead – May 16th 17th

Forum Description:
Career success depends on skills not covered in training, clinical and scientific excellence do not guarantee career satisfaction, and women continue to face extra challenges in career-building. Combining many kinds of small group exercises interspersed with brief plenary presentations, this Forum offers numerous opportunities for gaining insights into what it means to keep growing in the face of constant new challenges and constraints, for practicing necessary but seldom addressed skills, and for building relationships across silos and hierarchies

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