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W@TCH (Women (Physicians and Scientists) @ Children’s Hospital) helps address the specific needs of women in academic medicine. The group was started over 15 years ago by Naomi Luban, M.D., as a series of informal lectures designed to address the challenges faced by women in medicine and academia. W@TCH is led by Anisha Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., and is financially supported by the chief academic officer. In FY24, W@TCH was transitioned from a standalone program and is now organizationally under the auspices of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program.

With the assistance of junior faculty, this program expanded to include a yearly “brown bag” seminar series with a formal W@TCH-related Grand Rounds which includes a half-day Career Development Workshop, and a growing organizing committee of junior faculty. 

W@TCH leaders have presented elements of the curriculum and programming at national workshops including at four Pediatric Academic Society Annual meetings. Senior W@TCH members, many of whom are division chiefs, also oversee selection of faculty members to attend some of the many different Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) programs supported by the CAO which include Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Professional Development Seminars for early and mid-level faculty and minorities.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about W@TCH, please email Anisha Abraham, M.D., M.P.H.