Women in Medicine Trainee Summit 2021
Become a Changemaker
March 6, 2021

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We are excited to bring trainees and leaders in graduate medical education from across the country together to collectively advance the personal and professional development of women in medicine. In addition to women trainees, we invite program directors, program coordinators, division/department chairs and any other interested members of all genders to join us in discussing pitfalls and successes that programs have encountered. Through key speakers, we will learn how to implement changes across programs to strengthen the future of medicine. We cannot wait to learn from you all!





9:00-9:15 am

Summit Introduction and Meeting Kickoff

Amiko Uchida, MD, Chair of WIMTC


Welcome Greeting from Mass General DOM

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, Chair of Mass General Medicine

9:15-9:45 am

Foundations Talk: "Leading for Change and Making an Impact"

Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership, Creighton University

9:45-10:30 am

Panel Discussion: "Creating Change at Your Institution"


  • Kelsey Hills-Dunlap, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow, Mass General-BIDMC; Microaggressions and Upstander Training
  • Kerri Palamara, MD, Director of MGH Center for Physician Well-Being; Coaching Program
  • Valerie Stone, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine at HMS, Vice Chair for DEI and ID physician at BWH; HIV/AIDS Care and Policy


  • Varsha Tanguturi, MD, Cardiology Mass General

10:30-10:45 am



10:45-11:30 am

Abstract Selections: "Moving the Needle Forum" (4 selected abstracts to be presented in format)

  • Francine Castillo, Medical Student; UCSF: UC San Francisco Women in Leadership Development
  • Michelle Hannon, MD, Medicine Resident; Thomas Jefferson: Improvements in Equity for Award Selection
  • Sarah Conway, MD, Neurology Fellow; BWH: The Impact of a Progressive Parental Leave Policy in an Academic Neurology Residency Program
  • Yuemei (Amy) Zhang, MD, MBA, Anesthesia Resident; UW: Improving Gender Equity Through Unions: Resident and Fellow Physician Union - Northwest

11:30 am-12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions for Discussion with Abstract Presenters

  • Breakout room A: Francine Castillo, MS4
  • Breakout room B: Michelle Hannon, MD
  • Breakout room C: Sarah Conway, MD
  • Breakout room D: Yuemei (Amy) Zhang, MD, MBA


Session Conclusion with Wrap Up and Lessons Learned

Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership, Creighton University


Special thanks to Amiko Uchida, MD (WIMTC chair), Jacquelyn Nestor, MD, PhD (WIMTC vice chair), Varsha Tanguturi, MD (WIMTC faculty advisor), and Michelle Tagerman, MS, MPH (WIMTC administrator), for their efforts in creating and organizing the summit, and to Mass General's Department of Medicine and its Diversity and Inclusion Board for sponsoring the organization and summit.

Meet the Speakers

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCEKatrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, is the Jackson Professor at Harvard Medical School, and physician-in-chief, Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Yale University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident in medicine at Johns Hopkins and completed a general internal medicine fellowship and master of science degree in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Penn and became chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2008. At Penn, she also served as associate director of the Abramson Cancer Center and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. In April of 2013, she was appointed physician-in-chief of the Mass General Department of Medicine. Dr. Armstrong is an internationally recognized investigator in the areas of medical decision making, quality of care and cancer prevention and outcomes. For her work, she received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation of Medical Research, the Alice Hersh Award from Academy Health and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and National Academy of Medicine. In addition to her career in health policy and disparities research, Dr. Armstrong is a dedicated practicing internist with a longitudinal primary care practice and rotations as the Bigelow visit on the inpatient general medicine services. Over her career, Dr. Armstrong has prioritized her role in medical education, including developing and leading courses on clinical decision making at Penn and at Mass General and founding multiple innovative educational programs including the master of science program in health policy research at Penn and the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship at Mass General. Diversity and inclusion are central to Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, including her award-winning roles in the advancement of women, her commitment to programs to support diversity across faculty and trainees at Mass General, and her research leadership in health disparities and community-based research. Dr. Armstrong oversees a department of more than 1,100 faculty members who span ten clinical divisions and six research units, as well as the department’s educational program in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Amiko Uchida, MD

Amiko Uchida, MDAmiko Uchida, MD, is a basic and translational physician-scientist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She earned her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle where she specialized in homeless health care. She currently is an advanced clinical and research gastroenterology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Uchida’s clinical and research interests include mucosal immune disorders of the GI tract, particularly allergic GI diseases. She currently is investigating the increasingly common, yet poorly understood disease called eosinophilic esophagitis focusing on basic signaling mechanisms of disease pathology and treatment mechanisms for patients suffering from the disease. Her research program has expanded to involve understanding tissue-resident eosinophils in contexts outside of the esophagus and their potential roles in tissue homeostasis and disease.

Dr. Uchida’s other academic interests include the advancement of women in medicine and science as well as trainee well-being. She currently serves as the chair of the Women in Medicine Trainees' Council at Mass General, which is a trainee-run council within the Department of Medicine at Mass General working to promote the careers of women trainees in medicine through networking across disciplines, establishing mentoring and sponsoring relationships, promoting gender balance and equity and mitigating gender bias. She also served for two years as co-chair of the Mass General Brigham Trainee Wellbeing Council, working directly with Graduate Medical Education to address and improve the well-being of over 2,400 trainees across the Mass General Brigham health care system. Notable accomplishments include bringing free, confidential mental health care access to all MGB trainees through a pilot program, catalyzing a longitudinal program to be launched across the healthcare system.

Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPELaurie Baedke is a faculty member and director of health care leadership programs at Creighton University. A sought-after speaker and author with broad experience building companies and leading organizational change, Laurie has specific expertise in health care management, emotional intelligence and strengths-based leadership. She is an active mentor and advisor to senior executives, physician leaders, early careerists and entrepreneurs, and hosts the weekly podcast, The Growth Edge Leadership Podcast. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in health care administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board-certified fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006. Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards. Professionally, she has served on four national committees for ACHE, and is a current member of the ACHE of Nebraska and Western Iowa Chapter board of directors. She also serves a variety of civic and community organizations, including current appointments on the Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty Board of Directors Executive Committee and the Leadership Omaha Curriculum Committee. Laurie holds a faculty appointment at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, where she serves as director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management program. Her first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published by ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015. She contributed a chapter; The Clinician Entrepreneur, to a book published by Oxford Press in April, 2017 titled The Handbook of Private Practice. And, most recently, a second edition of her book, The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in March, 2018. Laurie lives just outside of Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two children.

Varsha K. Tanguturi, MD

Varsha K. Tanguturi, MDVarsha Tanguturi, MD, is a cardiologist and echocardiographer at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, she matriculated to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for her residency in internal medicine and then to Massachusetts General Hospital for her cardiology and echocardiography fellowships. Dr. Tanguturi sees patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings and interprets and performs trans-thoracic and trans-esophageal echocardiography. Her research interest is in optimizing the utilization of echocardiography to improve disparities in the treatment of valvular heart disease. To address these issues, she has created novel platforms for research in the field of echocardiography both at Mass General and through multi-institutional collaborations. Dr. Tanguturi’s work has been presented both locally and nationally, and has been cited by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to establish priorities for advances in valvular heart disease. 

Dr. Tanguturi’s clinical and academic work has been consistently coupled with leading others in innovative ways to help others, particularly towards the advancement of women in the field of medicine. Prior to her medical career, she was awarded the Philanthropy Award as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), received two international fellowships from the MIT Public Service Center, and as a medical student, was awarded the Multiculturalism and Diversity Award. As a fellow, she created a cross-institutional program for women cardiology fellows to develop leadership and career advancement skills through a three-year curriculum harnessing mentorship from cardiologists and invited experts. For this work, she was recognized as a Women in Cardiology Trainee in Excellence Award by the American Heart Association. In 2015, she was invited to be the inaugural chair for a burgeoning group, now known as the Women in Medicine Trainees’ Council (WIMTC). The WIMTC, sponsored by the Department of Medicine, supports over 200 women annually in leadership, career and personal development. Since joining the faculty in 2018, Dr. Tanguturi has continued to lead this group, now along with mentoring the trainees involved. Through a framework that has prioritized sustainability, creativity and flexibility, the WIMTC has accomplished a tremendous amount in the last 5 years and continues to innovate to improve the careers and lives of women trainees. Some of our accomplishments include improving lactation spaces to accommodate trainee needs, creating skills-training workshops for transitioning to post-graduate positions, developing grants for child care support for trainees attending conferences, creating fireside chats and small group events to increase opportunities for mentorship and sponsorship, and bringing renowned speakers to Mass General by sponsoring a Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. 

Kelsey Hills-Dunlap, MD

Kelsey Hills-Dunlap, MDKelsey Hills-Dunlap was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. While in high school, Kelsey developed a passion for social justice, especially combating issues of addiction and violence. She attended Stanford University, where she fell in love with direct patient care while working with survivors of intimate partner violence. She continued her passions in fighting addiction and violence by working with people who inject drugs as a clinical research assistant in the Infectious Diseases Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as with survivors of sexual assault as a volunteer medical advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. She returned to Stanford University for medical school, where she began her ongoing research on alcohol withdrawal. After graduating with her MD in 2015, Kelsey joined the Internal Medicine residency at Mass General where she led the Social Justice Interest Group and was a core member of the Women in Medicine Trainees' Council and the Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. She served as chief resident before returning to her fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mass General and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her academic interests are focused at the intersection of critical care and addiction, where she is investigating novel treatment protocols for complex addicted, overdosed and withdrawing patients in the ICU.

Kerri Palamara, MD

Kerri Palamara, MDKerri Palamara, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and now practices as a primary care general internist at Mass General. After eight years as an associate program director and primary care program director at Mass General, Dr. Palamara was asked to lead the Center for Physician Well-being for the Department of Medicine at Mass General as the inaugural director. Her academic work focuses on physician coaching, clinician well-being and faculty development. Dr. Palamara leads the American College of Physicians “Physician Coach Training Program,” which focuses on training physicians to integrate coaching techniques into their quality improvement and well-being initiatives. For her work, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at Mass General, Mass General Brigham, Harvard Medical School and the Society of General Internal Medicine; and has been awarded mastership in the American College of Physicians.

In addition, Dr. Palamara created and directs the Physician Coaching Program for trainees at Mass General. This program was designed in conjunction with the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School to improve physician awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout and improve their resilience. This coaching program has been recognized by Harvard Medical School for the Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Award, based on the organizational change inspired by this program, and was featured by the AAMC as a model program to reduce resident burnout. Dr. Palamara also directs faculty physician coaching programs at Mass General and is currently involved in several randomized controlled trials locally and nationally on the impact of coaching for coachees and their coaches. The MGH Physician Coaching Program has expanded nationally to over 40 residency and fellowship programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician well-being nationally as a member of CHARM (Collaboration for Healing and Renewal in Medicine) and the ACP Physician Well-being & Professional Satisfaction Task Force.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Palamara was a leader in several aspects of Massachusetts General Hospital’s response, including the hospital’s response for staff well-being and clinically as co-director of Mass General's first Respiratory Illness Clinic and co-medical director of the Boston Hope field hospital at the Boston Convention & Expo Center.

Valerie Stone MD, MPH

Valerie Stone MD, MPHDr. Valerie Stone is vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Stone is an academic general internist as well as an HIV/AIDS focused infectious disease specialist and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve - University Hospitals of Cleveland. She completed a health services research fellowship at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and BWH, and an infectious disease fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine program. Prior to her current role at the Brigham, Dr. Stone was chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital from 2014-19. Dr. Stone spent most of her career at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was for many years the director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program as well as the associate chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Stone also served as director of the Mass General Women’s AIDS Program for a number of years.

Dr. Stone is a nationally recognized expert on HIV/AIDS and is the author of numerous publications on HIV/AIDS care and policy, including the book, HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color; which was published in its second edition in September 2020. Her research focuses on disparities in HIV/AIDS care by race and gender, and strategies for optimizing the care of the diverse patients living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Stone’s scholarship has also examined current issues in primary care, diversity in health care, health care leadership and innovations in residency training. In 2020, Dr. Stone’s work has increasingly focused on COVID-19: she serves as the senior advisor to the BWH COVID Equity Response Team, and she is a member of the BWH team developing a post-COVID clinical care center. Dr. Stone is a longstanding leader of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) having served on the SGIM Council for six years, and chair of the SGIM Disparities Task Force for 3 years. Dr. Stone recently completed a year as president of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) in 2020.

Dr. Stone has received many awards for her career contributions, including the Elnora Rhodes Award for exceptional contributions to patient care, education and research in primary care from the Society of General Internal Medicine in 2012. In addition, she was named one of the 50 most influential health care leaders of color by Boston Business Journal and received the Community Hero Award from Action for Boston Community Development in 2017. And in 2020 she was awarded the W. Lester Henry Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for advancing diversity in medicine and access to care, the Massachusetts Medical Society’s LGBTQ Health Award for advancing LGBTQ health and the BWPO’s Pillar Award for Outstanding Achievements in Faculty Development and Diversity.

Abstract Presenters

Francine CastilloFrancine Castillo
Medical Student-4
University of California San Francisco

Yuemei (Amy) Zhang, MD, MBAYuemei (Amy) Zhang, MD, MBA

Anesthesia Resident
University of Washington

Michelle Hannon, MDMichelle Hannon, MD

Medicine Resident
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Sarah Conway, MDSarah Conway, MD

Neurology Fellow
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

For more information, visit the Women in Medicine Trainees' Council website.