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Section News: Women in Tox

The Women in Tox (WIT) Section has been busy this year. A few updates:

During the ACMT 2018 annual meeting, guest speaker Dr. Luanne Thorndyke led a fascinating group discussion on gender bias and mentorship. Our members benefited from Dr. Thorndyke’s extensive experience in faculty development and gender equality issues in this seminar.

This year we held two virtual events in addition to our biannual meetings.

  • WIT member Dr. Fiona Garlich hosted a webinar with Dr. Esther Choo titled “Raising Women’s Voices in Medicine.” We discussed unique challenges facing women in achieving advancement in leadership roles, and strategies to promote women’s voices locally and nationally.
  • In Feb 2018, we held our first virtual book club, hosted by WIT member Dr. Rama Rao on “Women Don’t Ask” by Linda Babcock. We used content from the book to spark a lively discussion on members’ experiences navigating self-promotion and career advancement.

Our speaker bank is growing and at least one person has taken advantage of a national speaking opportunity as a result of the bank. Please remember to email mspyres@gmail.com with a biosketch, topics of interest, and a photo if you are interested in being listed on the speaker bank.


Upcoming:  

WIT meeting at NACCT in Chicago on Oct. 27 at 7:30 am

We are hard at work organizing a workshop to help members create, organize, and fine tune their CVs.


Even more is on the way from WIT! We are planning an exciting collaboration with another prominent women’s group, and are working on recruitment efforts to attract more women (and men) into medical toxicology. And stay tuned, we will soon be announcing our next book club selection for this winter.

If you are interested in having greater participation with WIT, we would love to have you! Please contact mspyres@gmail.com for more information or contact us on the slack account https://womenintox.slack.com. For more updates and to hear about what our amazing members are up to, follow us on twitter @WomenInTox.

We hope to see you all at our next meeting at NACCT. As always, all are welcome and we encourage both women and men to attend.