Our MissionTo empower, support, and promote women physicians, and to provide them the skills to be the best they can be, so they will, in-turn, inspire others.
We hope that through inspirational speakers, workshops, mentorship and networking, women physicians will be emboldened to be the best they can be in their chosen area of medicine. The activities will also foster camaraderie among the trainees and we hope that supporting each other will be the norm and that the women physicians will pave the way for others.
Our goal is to impart knowledge and skills to our trainees that will not only be useful during their residency but that would prepare them to face and overcome personal and professional challenges that they may face, both professionally and personally.
Pauline Daley Richards, MD, FACP
Director, Super Women in Medicine
sWIM Members 2020-2021
FacultyDirector: Pauline Daley Richards, MD, FACP
Sahayini Kumar, MD, FACP
Janki Patel, MD
Chief ResidentsKhadija Tayabali, MD
Marwa Oudah, MD
Maria Azhar, MD
House Staff membersKia Persuad, MD
Sajida Zulfiqar, MD
Ana Stark, MD
Kelly Le, MD
Chahat Puri, MD
Chairman's Highlight - "News from the Residency Program"Re-invigorated Women in Medicine: The GBMC Women in Medicine for internal medicine residency program, led by Dr. Pauline Daley-Richards, was created in 2017 with an aim to address unique issues and needs of women physicians and physicians-in-training. This is important for many obvious reasons, but particularly because more than 60% of our categorical residents are women. Our mission is: To empower, support, and promote women physicians, and to provide them the skills to be the best they can be, so they will, in-turn, inspire others.
We hope that through inspirational speakers, workshops, mentorship and networking, women physicians will be emboldened to be the best they can be in their chosen area of medicine. The activities will also foster camaraderie among the trainees and we hope that supporting each other will be the norm and that our women physicians will pave the way for others.
Upcoming EventsDue to current CoVID-19 pandemic, all events will be postponed to a later time. Check back soon for more information.
SWIM Hike to Cascade Falls on 8/1/2020 - View Flyer
Advocacy Meeting on 10/29/2020 in Civiletti at 12-1 PM
“Singing Your Own Praises: From Competency to Professional Self-Advocacy“
Melissa Sparrow, MD, Former Chief of Staff, GBMC HealthCare, former Director of GBMC's Pediatric Advanced Life Saving Program, Clinical Director of GBMC's Pediatric Emergency and Inpatient Services, and Vice Chief of Staff.
Orientation: new members of sWIM
sWIM Interns Welcome event
Impact of CoVID-19 on physician moms
Financial education series
Farewell luncheon for our sWIM graduates: June 5, 2020
View our photo gallery
ResourcesBecoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice Hardcover – November 19, 2019
by Michelle Obama (Author)
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 12, 2013
by Sheryl Sandberg (Author)
Purple is the international color for women
Our group color is represented through the shades of red
The snake represents the staff of Asclepius and the bronze snake of Moses from the Bible
Dr. Emily Bergbower: ‘the actual ancient medical symbol is the staff of Asclepius which is a plain wooden staff with the snake wrapped around it”.
Dr. Sahayini Kumar: in the Bible in the story of Moses “he makes a bronze snake and puts it up on a pole, anyone who was bitten by a snake, if he looked at the bronze snake on the pole lived! Therefore, the snake on the pole became a sign of healing”.
Dr. Marwa Oudah: created the logo.
Resident of the Year award, Class of 2020
Accepted for Publication in Chest: “A 33-year old Man with Shortness of Breath, Leukocytosis, and Intermittent Fevers”
2020 AlumniSunita Upreti, MD
Rheumatology Fellowship University of Maryland
Priyadurga Kodi, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas
Hargeet Sandhu, MD
Christine Zhang, MD
Georgetown University Hospital, Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Khadija Tayabali, MD
GBMC, 4th year Chief Resident
Iman Khan, MD
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital, Nephrology Fellowship
Emily Bergbower, MD
The University of Maryland, Department of Anesthesiology.
Hira Shakeel, MD
Endocrinology, George Washington University
Minu Mathew, MD
The University of Maryland Infectious Disease Fellowship
Nan Cheng, MD