April 6, 2021

WIMS seminar explores how COVID-19 has affected women in medicine and science

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Group will present “How COVID-19 has Disproportionately Affected Women in Medicine and Science” on April 19.

The seminar, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom, will feature Shikha Jain, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Nicole Woitowich, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

RSVP to rsvp.wayne.edu/covid-19-has-disproportionately-affected-women to receive Zoom details.

Dr. Jain is the director of Communications Strategies in Medicine and the associate director of Oncology Communication and Digital Innovation for the University of Illinois Cancer Center. The chief operating officer and co-founder of the action, advocacy and amplification organization IMPACT and founder and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit, she was named one of Medscape’s 25 Rising Stars in Medicine in 2020, one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders in 2019, and received the Rising Star Award at the LEAD Oncology Conference in 2019. She was selected as a ResearcHERS ambassador by the American Cancer Society.

She has been appointed the 2021 leader of the American Society for Clinical Oncology Women’s Networking Center Taskforce, is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, and was appointed to the Illinois State Medical Society’s Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy as well as the COVID19 task force. Dr. Jain’s mentorship and sponsorship have resulted in the advancement of numerous young women and men in medicine across the country. She works to promote the dissemination of evidence-based scientific information through numerous mediums, including social media, and has been recognized as a thought leader by Doximity and the OpEd project. She lectures nationally on the importance of social media and communication strategies in health care. She also is the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families.

Dr. Woitowich, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. While formally trained as a biochemist, Dr. Woitowich’s work focuses on women’s health and the advancement of women in science and medicine. Her research explores the consideration of sex as a biological variable, the inclusion of women in the biomedical research workforce, and how those two components may be inextricably related.

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Woitowich is transforming the landscape of the biomedical research enterprise through her advocacy and outreach activities. She has a long-standing interest in science policy, and in 2016 was awarded the Presidential Management Fellowship. She remains politically active and advocates on behalf of women’s health research. In 2018, she helped draft congressional legislation that recognizes Jan. 25 as Women’s Health Research Day. She serves as chair of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Science Outreach and Communication Committee.

For more information, contact Kate Laimbeer at 313-577-0216 or kate.laimbeer@wayne.edu.