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
Elisabeth Carr, MD
Janki Patel, MD
Chief ResidentsKhadija Tayabali, MD
Marwa Oudah, MD
Maria Azhar, MD
House Staff membersKia Persaud, 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.
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.
SWIM hike August 2020
2020 Graduation Celebration
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”
Anum Qureshi PGY2 - Evidence-based supportive care in multiple myeloma, JCHIMP
Marwa Oudah PGY3 - Persistent Bronchorrhea with Hidden Underlying Pulmonary Malignancy, ATS 2020
Maria Azhar, PGY2 -
1- Publication in ACG case report journal: Cerebral Air embolism after endoscopic variceal band ligation
2- CHEST abstract: Hypoxemia in a patient with PFO in absence of pulmonary hypertension
3- CHEST abstract: Hemoptysis with positive anti-GBM antibody without renal involvement; unusual presentation. Is this truly an anti-GBM disease?
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
Upcoming EventsDue to current CoVID-19 pandemic, all events will be postponed to a later time. Check back soon for more information.
Virtual interviewing and planning for successful fellowship: Melvin Blanchard, MD, Chairman of Medicine at GBMC
Sponsored by SWIM, all residents invited.
10/2/2020 12-1 pm
Finding purpose in your career: Rhakee Bayanir, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director
Director, Forum for Women in Medicine
Director, Balance in Medicine Resident Wellness Initiative
Division of General Medicine
Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
10/29/2020, 12-1 pm, Civiletti“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.
11/18/20, 12-1 pm
Fellowship talk: sWIM Alumni
How to have a successful fellowship- Part 11
The alumni will discuss the ins and outs of fellowship, their experience, what to expect.
12/9/20, 12-1 pm
Holiday Card Making
Sponsored by sWIM, all residents invited.
2/17/2021 12-1 pm
Work Life Balance: Elisabeth Carr MD. et al.
Dr. Elisabeth Carr is the Program Director of the Internal medicine Residency Program and a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist at GBMC