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American Association of Women Emergency Physicians


Section Officers & Staff

Sarah Hoper, MD, JD
Carrie de Moor, MD, FACEP
Lea Walters, MD
Senior Resident Representative
Alecia Gende, DO
Junior Resident Representative
Jessica Krueger, MD
Immediate Past Chair
Tracy Sanson, MD, FACEP
Lea Walters, MD
Alternate Councilor
Elizabeth Dubey, MD
ACEP Board Liaison
Alison J. Haddock, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Susan Gell-Horton, MAEd

Get Connected!

Work, live, lead, grow, and talk with the women of emergency medicine at feminem.org, a new blog written for us (by us)! Working in any ED has its challenges, and our individual journeys are unique – but as a community, we will survive and thrive. Look no further than this inspirational forum for ideas, support, and connection.


Working in Fours – Understanding and Facilitating Intergenerational Communication for Women in Emergency Medicine

Congratulations Lea Walters, MD (AAWEP Councilor) on the completion and success of her grant project, "Working in Fours". The project team developed and distributed a survey to identify trends relevant to intergenerational communication. Results were used to research and produce a toolkit for encouraging intergenerational communication specific to women in Emergency Medicine and useful to AAWEP and ACEP leaders interested in proactively addressing generation differences among clinical teams. Download the toolkit (PDF).

Gender & Leadership

Hot off the Press! Don’t miss this enlightening study on gender distribution among American medical specialty leaders. Read how EM fared when researchers evaluated the relative representation of women on ABMS boards and compared it with the gender composition of the 25 respective specialties studied. Spoiler alert: 29% of current American Board of Emergency Medicine directors are women, while 27% of EM physicians and 37.4% of EM physicians-in-training are female.

Download the Full Article (PDF)

Also, please stay tuned for more information on the important work being done by ACEP’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. Initiated by President Rebecca Parker, the group is focused on examining the EM landscape to identify barriers to improving diversity on all levels.

Email aawep.section@acep.org

AAWEP Leadership Pipeline Project (LeaP)

How do you envision your future in EM? Would you enjoy a leadership position within ACEP – perhaps serving as a Councilor, a member of the ACEP Board, or on the AAWEP Executive Committee? Position yourself now to be a part of the leadership pipeline, and let AAWEP help you channel your skills and goals into some of the most influential positions in emergency medicine. Build a leadership roadmap and supercharge your future with LeaP! Get started here.

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AAWEP Honorees

We’re proud to honor this stellar group of annual AAWEP Award winners. Year after year, they continue to inspire us!


ED Director of the Year - Angela Straface, MD, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! - Meryll Pampolina, MD

Rising Star - Shada Rouhani, MD

Mentor of the Year - Dara Kass, MD, FACEP


Rising Star - Lauren Walter, MD

Outstanding ED Director - Erin Watson, MD

Outstanding Mentor - Gabrielle Jacquet, MD, MPH, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! - Alicia Mikolaycik Kurtz, MD


Rising Star - Ijeoma Akunyili, MD, MPA

Outstanding ED Director - Kathleen M. Brown, MD, FACEP

Outstanding Mentor - Kerryann B. Broderick, MD, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! - Jamie R. Santistevan, MD


Rising Star – Stacey Trent, MD

Outstanding ED Director – Richard Zane, MD

Outstanding Mentor – Tracy Sanson, MD, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! – Antonia Helbling, MD


Rising Star – Stephanie Eucker, MD

Outstanding Mentor – Vicken Totten, MD, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! – Adaira Landry, MD


Rising Star – Sneha Shah, MD

Outstanding Mentor – Mary Westergaard, MD, FACEP

Resident Rocks It! – K. Kay Moody, DO, MPH

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Words of Wisdom

“Seek and take advantage of opportunity; despise no opening wedges, however formidable. Every improved circumstance comes as a helping hand, not only to the profession, but to our sex.”

— Dr. Clara Marshall, during her graduation address to Women’s Medical College in 1879

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AAWEP in the News

Help us celebrate your accomplishments and spread the word about the power (and newsworthiness!) of women in emergency medicine. Have you been featured in a news story? Written an editorial? Published a peer-reviewed paper? Provided commentary on a breaking news segment? Given a televised lecture? Let us bask in your 15 minutes of fame! We want to showcase your talents on our website and in the quarterly AAWEP Newsletter. Share the news by emailing Susan Gell-Horton.

Gender & Medicine

Don't miss this FANTASTIC TED Talk by AAWEP member Dr. Alyson McGregor on the consequences of gender disparities in medicine. Dr. McGregor is the co-founder and director of the Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine Division (formerly Women’s Health in Emergency Care) within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her group's aim is to establish research and educational endeavors that promote sex- and gender-specific medicine and women’s health as they relate to emergency care.

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