Women in Medicine and Science (WiMS) Committee

The mission of the Tufts Women in Medicine and Science (WiMS) Committee is to promote the professional and personal development of women in medicine and science and to advocate for parity for women at our institution.  Founded in 2016 and supported by the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, the Committee is comprised of 20 female faculty from Tufts Medical Center. 

We sponsor and host workshops, seminars and events geared to promote the professional and personal advancement of female faculty, and we advocate for parity in employment status by engaging with institutional leadership.

Chair: Angie Mae Rodday, PhD, MS
Chair Elect: Aarti Grover, MD
Past Chair: Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn, PhD

WiMS Sub-Committees:

Sub-committees have been organized to advance activities and agendas that are central to achieving the overarching WiMS Committee mission. 

  • The Salary/Benefits Sub-committee (led by Agnieszcka Trzcinka) aims to promote salary equity and a benefits package that is appealing for recruitment, and addresses needs of current women faculty.
  • The Work-life Balance and Wellness Sub-committee (led by Mithala Vullaganti) aims to foster policies and programs which allow women to maximize professional capacity while being mindful of physical and mental health.
  • The Leadership and Career Development Sub-committee (led by Hasene Ozlem Kasaroglu) aims to promote leadership and career development of women in medical sciences at different career stages through mentorship and sponsorship to increase academic parity at Tufts Medical Center.
  • The Public Relations and Networking Sub-committee (led by Tara Lavelle) aims to promote and support the overall WiMS mission and agenda, and to communicate the committee’s activities to internal and external stakeholders.

WiMS Mentorship Seed Award 2022 Recipients

Thank you to all who applied for our WiMS Mentorship Seed Award! Below are the 2022 Awardees and projects. We look forward to our spring mini-symposium where awardees and mentees will share project results.

Amanda French, MD (Mentee: Sophia Boxerman, MD)
"Development and Evaluation of "Period Kits" for Adolescents with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities"

Aarti Grover, MD (Mentee: Andrea Fekete, MD)
"Effects of High Flow Nasal Cannula in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea"

Rakhi Kohli, MD (Mentee: Deeksha Bathini)
"Analysis of Tufts Medical Center's Real Time Culture Alert System at the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Program"

Angie Mae Rodday, PhD (Mentee: Patricia Synnott, MS, MALD)
"The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown Policies on Opioid Overdose Deaths"

Tamara Vesel, MD (Mentee: Maria Galkin, MD)
"Exploration of Communication Preferences among Chinese and non-Chinese Americans During Cancer Treatment"

Tine Vindenes, MD (Mentee: Majd Alsoubani, MD)
"The epidemiology, demographics, and resistance profile of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections at a tertiary academic hospital in Massachusetts"

Elizabeth Yen, MD (Mentee: Eva Takhalova, MD)
"Non-Invasive Heart Rate Variability and Salivary Cortisol Measurements to Understand the Severity of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome"