Advocates for MD/PhD Women in Science

 Mission and Objectives

Duke Advocates for MD/PhD Women in Science is a student organization at Duke University which as been founded for the purpose of promoting the success, recognition, and excellence of women in academic medicine and medical research. Together we hope to facilitate mentoring between the MD/PhD students at Duke and female physician-scientists, promote discussions about the challenges faced by women in academic medicine, and perform community outreach to encourage young women to pursue careers in academic medicine. We also work closely with the women of the UNC Chapel Hill MSTP Program to establish a close community of women in science in the triangle region.

In order to fulfill these objectives, we have organized a mentoring network with women physician-scientists in the community, planned larger events with other institutions to promote networking, organized and attended career development workshops and lectures, and performed outreach to schools in the community to encourage young women to become more interested in science.

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Faculty Advisor: Anne West MD, PhD:



Many activities will be done in collaboration with our sister group at UNC.  More information for their group, visit:

Upcoming Events:

Sept 1st – Article Discussion – Equal Rights Amendment (UNC/Duke)

Oct 1st – Faculty Mentor Panel and Social (UNC/Duke)

Oct – Career Development Workshop – Working with Legislators (UNC/Duke)

Nov – Invited Speaker (UNC/Duke)

Dec – Documentary Discussion – Miss Representation (UNC/Duke)

Dec – MD-PhD Alumni Panel (UNC/Duke)

Jan – Networking Social with Triangle Area Women in Science Groups (UNC/Duke)

Feb – MD-PhD Resident Advice Panel (UNC/Duke)

Mar – Career Development Workshop – Personal Branding (UNC/Duke)

Apr – Faculty Mentor Panel and Social (UNC/Duke)

May 14, 2016 – 3rd Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science Southeast Symposium (Will be hosted by MUSC)

Previous Events:

Second Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science – A great success!

Second Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science hosted at Duke - Group Photo of students from 6 universitiesSecond Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science

Hosted by Duke AMPWIS on May 16, 2015, the second symposium was a phenomenal day of career development and networking. With 27 students from 6 different MD-PhD programs (UNC, Duke, MUSC, UVA, VCU, Johns Hopkins), it was great to see both new and returning faces from last year’s symposium. Attendees learned how to build high valued relationships, a formula for success as a physician scientist and as a women in power, practiced their elevator pitches, presented their exciting research, and received a book on effective leadership. We are already excited for next year’s Symposium at MUSC on May 14, 2016!!!

AMPWIS Undergraduate Mentoring Program highlighted in Vital Signs!

Read the full story HERE!

UNC & Duke AMPWIS leadership teams working together through a Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant. Brooke Matson, Kate Hacker, Audrey Verde, Amy Wisdom, and Melodi Whitley. Photo by Max Englund/UNC Health Care.UNC & Duke AMPWIS leadership teams working together through a Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant. Brooke Matson, Kate Hacker, Audrey Verde, Amy Wisdom, and Melodi Whitley. Photo by Max Englund/UNC Health Care.

Health Policy & Patient Advocacy: Medical Student Essentials

Want to get more involved with health policy and patient advocacy but aren’t sure where to start? If so, please join UNC & Duke AMPWIS on May 4th at 7pm in Bondurant G074 for an exciting and informative workshop led by Dr. Sue Tolleson-Rinehart and Dr. Beat Steiner with guest MD/PhD student Tilden Hagan on the essentials of healthcare policy and working with legislators.

To assist in our event planning, a survey on US government and politics will be provided prior to the event via email and posted on the EVENT PAGE.

This is going to be a great event! We hope you all can join us!

UNC & Duke AMPWIS Mentor Social

Join AMPWIS on April 7th at 6:30pm at the Chapel Hill location of Tobacco Road for an exciting evening of mingling and networking with faculty mentors from both UNC and Duke! This is a great opportunity to interact with and ask advice of successful academic researchers from a variety of fields.

Light appetizers will be available. Please RSVP HERE.

More information can be found on the EVENT PAGE and the Event Flier.

UNC/Duke Invited Speaker Dr. Matilda Nicholas

Our next event on March 12th at 7pm at Duke is an evening conversation with one of our MD-PhD program’s alumni now working at Duke in Dermatology, Dr. Matilda Nicholas! During this event Dr. Nicholas will speak with us on her career development over time, the challenges she has faced while trying to balance residency with her research goals, and what she has been doing to achieve her research goals since at Duke. Dr. Nicholas is also the author of a well-known and very entertaining blog about her life as an MD/PhD Student, from the beginning of medical school up to and including her faculty appointment. It can be found HERE.

It is going to be a great night and we hope you all can make it!

More details can be found on the event page HERE.

UNC AMPWIS CV Development Workshop

In a UNC AMPWIS event on February 19th from 6-7:30pm in Bondurant 2035Amy Blackburn and colleagues from both the UNC and Duke Career Services will lead a workshop aimed at providing us with the tools necessary to professionally format our CVs.

***Students should prepare their CV ahead of the event and bring a printed version with them.***

The workshop will start with a review of the basics for the academic CV and NIH Biosketch. Then students will break out into five groups, where each group will have a staff member to review their CV’s and provide feedback.

This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to have professional feedback on CV formatting and content. We hope to see you all there!

Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP HERE.

A map showing the location of Bondurant Hall and nearby parking decks can be found HERE.

UNC/Duke AMPWIS Presents Tax Planning for Physician Scientists!

A joint UNC/Duke AMPWIS event hosted by Northwestern Mutual on January 13, 2015 at 8am.

We have assembled a team of wealth advisors with years of experience working with the special financial planning needs of scientists and future physicians. This seminar will focus on tax-planning with additional time to address attendee-generated questions.

This seminar is sure to be useful for all of us as this is a topic in which we typically receive little guidance and there is so much confusion. Simplify your life by learning what we all should be doing now to plan for the future!

Light breakfast and coffee will be served.

More event information found on the event FLIER or PAGE.

UNC & Duke AMPWIS Receive Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant!!

This grant will fund joint UNC/Duke AMPWIS events during the 2015 calendar year! This includes funding for the Second Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science!!! Super exciting!