Women's stories project: Capturing the perspectives of senior faculty women
Five faculty members, selected from various stages in their careers, have generously shared their stories – with admirable frankness – and have all answered this question: What advice would you give to junior faculty based on your experiences as a woman in academic medicine?
A logical path to success in academic medicine
Top tier scientists at academic medical centers sometimes begrudge the time spent away from their labs to pass on their wisdom in the classroom to the next generation. Virginia Brooks, PhD, is indisputably not one of them. She’s passionate about teaching, a quality that has earned her a raft of excellence in teaching awards. Read More
A medical detective on the trail of academic mastery
As a child of immigrant parents, Dr. Desai's sense of "otherness" cast a shadow over her youth. "Discrimination was a fair constant for much of my growing up years," she says. "We were the only dark-skinned people in the area. Our family was integrating into a society… and I was straddling two worlds." Those early experiences taught Dr. Desai to refrain from judging others and to work to understand their perspective. Read More
Reflections on a trailblazing career in surgeryAsk Karen Deveney, MD, what personal qualities she believes have most contributed to her success as a physician, surgeon, teacher and director of arguably one of the best surgical residency programs in the country, and she has a ready answer: "Competitiveness, assertiveness and tenacity, otherwise known," she laughs, "as stubbornness." Read More
By opening her own doors, she’s found success in academic medicineWhen her spine was fractured in six places in a terrible biking accident, Susan Orloff's career as a surgeon seemed to be over even before it started. Her orthopaedic surgeon told her she would never be able to endure the pain of standing at the operating table for any length of time, and she might as well give up her career as a surgeon. Read more
Part activist, part feminist makes for a robust academic careerDr. Storrs was the first woman to complete a residency in the medical school's dermatology department and is a path-breaking physician, researcher and mentor. Her skills in the classroom have earned her many teaching and service awards. And along the way – through example and activism – she's fought to change the culture of academic medicine. Read More
The Labyrinth Movement
Creating a culture where men and women share leadership equally
Broadly, the senior women faculty group’s goal is to help transform the culture of OHSU by reducing obstacles that impede the progress of women leaders and create an environment where men and women share leadership equally. The group, which has met over the past 2 years, is comprised of over 70 women faculty members with the academic rank of professor, with defined leadership positions within the School of Medicine or who have a role in women's advancement issues.