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Wichita Women in Health Professions

WWHP speakers

Wichita Women in Health Professions (WWHP) events are intended to facilitate community networking, the formation of mentoring relationships, and professional development for Wichita women in health professions. WWHP events are open to KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty, staff, students, residents, and other interested members of our community. While some WWHP events are geared toward women, we welcome anyone who is interested in our topics to attend. The Office of Faculty Affairs & Development provides funding for WWHP events and plans the events with help from the WWHP Planning Committee:

  • Dr. Beth Hartman McGilley, KUSM-W Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Dr. Kari Nilsen, KUSM-W Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Dr. Sheryl Beard, KUSM-W Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Dr. Kelli Netson, KUSM-W Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Dr. Natalie Sollo, KUSM-W Department of Pediatrics

Upcoming Events

Rooted to purpose: An evening with Robin Macy
5:30 - 8 p.m., September 10, Bartlett Arboretum, 201 N Line St; Belle Plaine, KS
Seating is limited, so email to RSVP. September is a month when the medical community pauses to remember the importance of provider well-being. One way to keep ourselves motivated is to hit pause from our busy lives and take a moment to find inspiration in a tranquil setting. Wichita Women in Health Professions is thrilled to host this special event at Bartlett Arboretum. Together, we will visit towering state champion trees, enjoy a meal, and be inspired by Robin's story of transition from Dixie Chick to geometry teacher to Arboretum Steward. After our organized events conclude, attendees are encouraged to explore the beautiful grounds and consume what Henry David Thoreau called, "the tonic of wildness." 

Difficult Discussions in Medicine: Guns and Public Safety
5:30 - 7 p.m. October 1, KU School of Medicine-Wichita Sunflower Room, 1010 N. Kansas, Wichita, KS
RSVP through the KUSM-W Events Calendar. The Wichita Women in Health Professions "difficult discussions" series is intended to help attendees broaden their perspectives on important issues impacting patient care or public health. The sessions prepare participants to engage in thoughtful, respectful conversations with patients, colleagues, and others on difficult topics. At our guns and public safety event, you will learn to identify the beliefs and values that people bring to the table when topics related to gun control, guns in the home, or related topics are raised. We will work in small groups to take a deep dive into the perspectives of several individuals, as documented in this recent Kansas Leadership Center Journal. The purpose of the discussions is not to debate the issues, but rather to take a step back and learn to appreciate the different perspectives and backgrounds that people bring to the table on this topic. We are pleased to welcome Gina M. Berg, Ph.D., MBA from the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Shaun Rojas, director of civic engagement at the Kansas Leadership Center, as facilitators for this event.

Previous Events

  • January 2019 - Unconscious Gender Bias. Julie Galliart, M.S., faculty development program manager, facilitated a discussion about how unconscious bias impacts women in the workplace and which emphasized ways women can be more supportive of one another.
  • August 2018 - Introduction to Mentoring. Deborah Alliston, M.D., M.Ed., residency program director and associate professor in the KUSM-W Department of Pediatrics, gave a talk about the differences between coaching and mentoring. Dr. Rachel Brown, chair and professor in the KUSM-W Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, led a discussion about choosing a mentor and engaged in a mentoring demonstration with Dr. Sheryl Beard, senior associate program director and clinical associate professor in the KUSM-W Department of Family & Community Medicine.
  • June 2018 - Chantal M. Brazeau, M.D., assistant dean for faculty vitality, interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and professor of family medicine and psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discussed drivers of burnout and resilience, including work/life balance and connecting to meaning through reflection and self-awareness. This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Earl L. Mills Educational Trust.
  • March 2018 - Care for the Caregiver included personal accounts from a panel of caregivers with different life experiences, including caring for a parent, spouse, or child with a chronic illness. Panelists shared the challenges and joys of caregiving, and tips for self-care. Event resources - Compassionate Fatigue flier (PDF)
  • January 2018 - Human Trafficking Awareness, a panel discussion during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Panelists included Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, executive director of the WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking; Tina Peck, program coordinator of Forensic Nursing Services at Via Christi Hospitals; Nicole Ensminger, Via Christi Human Trafficking Response Program coordinator; Cathy Turner, president and CEO, Hope Ranch for Women; and Karla Armbrister, outreach manager, Wichita Family Crisis Center. Event resources - Butterfly Project (PDF), Hope Ranch for Women site
  • December 2017 - Don't Sweat the Holidays, a networking mixer and donation drive for the Wichita Family Crisis Center.
  • October 2017 - Strike a Pose! Power Body Language for Women, a mixer-style event exploring how body language can impact how you feel in stressful situations
  • August 2017 - Trailblazers: Senior Women Clinicians of Wichita, personal accounts from early female clinicians. Panelists included Arlene Evans-DeBeverly, PA; Patricia Wyatt-Harris, MD; Laura Knight, MD; and Lucynda Raben, DDS. Facilitator - Anne Walling, MB, ChB
  • June 2017 - ICT Women Helping Women, female panelists sharing how their work impacts other women in our community. Panelists included Beth Harman McGilley, PhD; Elizabeth Ablah, PhD; Dee Ann Bragg, MD; and Tracey Gay, director of client services at the Wichita Family Crisis Center.
Last modified: Sep 06, 2019
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Wichita, KS 67214