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Annual Conference Fall 2003 (Archived)

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

Friday, October 10, 2003
8:00- 4:30 PM

College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
(on 22nd St. between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, with support from the School of Medicine, cordially invites you to attend our sixth annual Leadership Mentoring Conference.

Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recognizes the importance of women in academic medicine and supports various initiatives that address recruitment, retention, promotion, and overall job satisfaction of their women medical faculty. In 1997, with the Dean's support, FOCUS expanded its original mission to encompass advocacy for women in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The FOCUS Leadership Mentoring Program for Women in Academic Medicine was established to address the well-documented national issue that, relative to their male colleagues, women medical faculty are over-represented in junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. The overall program, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, maintains a two-part mission: to support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine, and to promote education and research in women's health, both in the academic health center and in the community. The long range goal is the growth of gender equity in medical education and in the research and delivery of health care at Penn.

This conference, entitled Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, is designed to promote the retention and advancement of women faculty as they face the challenges and realities of academic medicine at Penn. Through plenary sessions and interactive workshops, faculty will have opportunities for skill building and networking designed to support their career progression.

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends, challenges and realities of academic medicine.
  • Employ crucial leadership and negotiation skills to efficiently and successfully navigate the dynamic environment of academic medicine.
  • Clarify personal and professional development goals and agendas.
  • Establish mentoring relationships that foster support, growth and professional success.


8:00 - 8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome

FOCUS Update
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

9:00 - 10:00 MORNING PLENARY

Et al, et tu, e-journals: How Electronic Publishing Will Effect your Future
Iris F. Litt, MD

10:00 - 10:15 Break

Getting Published
Iris F. Litt, MD

Creating Scholarship 
from Faculty Service Efforts
Laura Schweitzer, PhD

The First and Last Minute 
of Your Next Presentation
Lisa Warshaw, MBA

11:45 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 12:30 Presentation of Annual Mentoring Award

2003 FOCUS Mentoring Award for Excellence


Increasing Women Leaders 
in Our Medical Schools
Laura Schweitzer, PhD

1:30 - 2:30 COAP Members' Panel Discussion

Navigating Your Way 
to Promotion at Penn
Harvey Rubin MD, PhD
Chair  of the School of Medicine's
Committee on Appointments &  Promotions

Victoria Mulhern, Director of Faculty Affairs

(Panel will included additional COAP members)


Getting Published
Iris F. Litt, MD

Creating Scholarship 
from Faculty Service Efforts
Laura Schweitzer, PhD

The First and Last Minute 
of Your Next Presentation
Lisa Warshaw, MBA

(Do you convey a strong presence as you begin and end your presentation?  This workshop focuses on how your choices of content, structure and delivery influence how your audience perceives you.)

4:00 - 4:30 Closing Remarks/Feedback 
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Dr. Litt joined the Stanford faculty as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in 1976. Prior to her arrival at Stanford, she had been a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since her arrival at Stanford University, she has been the Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. In 1990 she was appointed as Director of the Institute of Research on Women and Gender, a position she held for seven years.

Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Litt's research has focused on health problems of adolescents, including substance abuse, prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, compliance with medical regimens, and, most recently, the long-term consequences of eating disorders in young adolescent women. She is considered one of the founders of the field of Adolescent Medicine: a Charter Member and past President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and a member of the first Sub-Board Committee for Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Litt's current investigative efforts are in the area of adolescent health behavior and anorexia nervosa. As eating disorders have become more common and affect younger girls of all ethnicities and socioeconomic strata, the special needs and implications of this activity for physically immature young women must be addressed. Improving the ability of physicians to prevent, identify and manage these problems in adolescent women will be important in order to avoid death and long-term disability.

Dr. Litt has published extensively in both the scholarly and lay literature. Since 1990, she has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Under her editorship, the journal has expanded from quarterly to monthly publication and the impact factor has quadrupled. The recipient of numerous awards from professional organizations, Dr. Litt was elected to membership in The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1995. In 2002, she was awarded the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professorship in Pediatrics by Stanford University. Dr. Litt is currently the National Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations' Clinical Scholar's Program.

LAURA SCHWEITZER, PHD Laura Schweitzer received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University, Department of Neurobiology, and was subsequently appointed Research Faculty at Duke. In 1988 Dr. Schweitzer joined the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She currently serves as Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology; Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs (School of Medicine); Associate Vice President for Health Affairs (Faculty Affairs, Health Sciences Center); and University Presidential Fellow.

As Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Schweitzer oversees the appointment, promotion, tenure and post-tenure review processes; provides orientation for new faculty and departmental chairs; facilitates faculty mentoring and development programs; and oversees the Medical School budget, office space and other resource allocation. As Associate Vice President for Health Affairs she oversees appointment, promotion and tenure processes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. As Presidential Fellow, Dr. Schweitzer assists the president with the implementation of special projects. Dr. Schweitzer is Past Program Director of the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs and is a nationally sought speaker in the areas of faculty contracts, governance, reward and recognition as well as mentoring and faculty career development.

Lisa Warshaw is the Director of the Wharton Communication Program and has extensive business, teaching and consulting experience in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Warshaw is the recipient of the Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award (2001), the Core Curriculum Teaching Award (2001), and the 'Whatever it Takes' award (1999 and 2003) - awarded to the faculty member or administrator who makes an extraordinary contribution to the students' experience at Wharton.

As Director of the Wharton Communication Program, Ms. Warshaw is responsible for teaching communication to over 1000 MBA and Executive MBA students annually and managing a full-time staff, part-time lecturers, and over 40 teaching assistants each year.

Ms. Warshaw has worked in 19 countries and gained extensive insights into cultural influences in the workplace. Her international experience includes:

  • Hill Samuel Australia - Established an international trade finance division for an English Merchant Bank in Sydney, Australia
  • Chase Manhattan Bank - Trade Finance - Europe (England and France), West Africa, (Cameroon, Gabon and Ivory Coast) and the U.S.
  • IMF - Bureau of Statistics - Washington D.C.
  • Non-profit consulting and teaching in geographic areas including: The Baltics (Latvia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St.Lucia, Barbados).

Ms. Warshaw has provided consulting services to companies including Merrill Lynch, Safeguard Scientific and - topics range from creating and 'pitching' business plans to the challenges of managing in a diverse workplace. She coaches CEOs on communication skills, and her current research interests include how managers communicate during times of crisis. She obtained a BA with Honors in Economics from Duke University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and his MD from Columbia University in 1976. He was a House Officer in Medicine at The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and did his fellowship in infectious diseases at Harvard and the Brigham. Dr. Rubin joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and became Professor of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Rubin holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine and as Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At the present time Dr. Rubin is Chair of the School of Medicine Committee on Appointments and Promotions and serves as a member of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee. He won the Donald B Martin, M.D. Teaching Service Award in 1996. He also serves as the course director for the Wilderness Medicine elective, is the faculty councilor for AOA and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Medicine. He is the Director of the newly formed Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rubin's work in the lab is focused in three areas: elucidating the genetic and metabolic regulatory networks that allow tuberculosis to persist in the human host for years, determination of the molecular basis of serine protease inhibition and mathematical modeling of complex biomolecular systems. He is principal investigator on two NIH RO1 grants, two NSF grants and a DARPA grant. He has served on study sections and review panels for the NIH, NSF, WHO, The Medical Research Council of South Africa, NASA and the Naval Medical R&D Command.

Victoria Mulhern is the Executive Director of Faculty Affairs and Administrative Director for the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She has served in this capacity since 1996. Prior to her current position, Ms. Mulhern was Director of Human Resources at the Wistar Institute. She also has extensive experience in human resources having served in the Benefits Office for the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Medicine. Ms. Mulhern's vast experience brings a wealth of valuable resources and information to this conference.

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