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Education Program 2025


Our Mission: Bringing together the top academic physicians and thought leaders in the world with practicing community clinicians to create an environment for high-level interaction in order to obtain up-to-date medical knowledge to benefit patients. Learning is patient-centered and case-based to maximize the translation of medical knowledge to clinical practice. 


WIMS has tailored a CME program that promises to enhance professional growth, inspire educational pursuits, and drive advocacy for gender parity in healthcare. This floating symposium is not just a meeting of minds, but a celebration of the shared aspirations of women in medicine.  



CME Credit: Approved for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  Full accreditation and credit designation TBA.  


Because this is a dedicated medical education conference, course participants will have unprecedented access to faculty to interact with them with inquiries both during and after the program. The detailed program will be supplied to participants closer to departure date.

Course Objectives

  1. Develop Leadership Skills: Enhance core leadership competencies, including effective communication, conflict resolution, and strategic decision-making tailored to the healthcare environment.


  1. Understand Healthcare Systems: Gain a deeper understanding of the complexities within healthcare systems and how leadership can influence systemic change.


  1. Empowerment through Networking: Build a supportive network by connecting with other women leaders in medicine, fostering relationships that empower personal and professional growth, and learn how to leverate networks to advance in the leadership space.


  1. Navigate Career Advancement: Learn strategies to successfully navigate career pathways in medicine, including tips for achieving promotions, handling transitions, and overcoming gender-specific barriers.


  1. Promote Wellness and Resilience: Focus on personal wellness and resilience strategies to manage stress and prevent burnout in high-pressure medical roles.

  2. Advocate for Equity: Equip participants with tools and knowledge to advocate for equity in healthcare, addressing disparities and promoting inclusive practices within their organizations.

Target audience: Women physicians, women leaders in healthcare, male leaders in healthcare

Join Our Special Guests & Educations  


Shikha Jain MD, FACP 

Associate Professor of Medicine| Division of Hematology and Oncology  

GI Oncology Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) Lead 

Director of Communication Strategies in Medicine| University of Illinois Chicago 

Associate Director of Oncology Communication & Digital Innovation| University of Illinois Cancer Center    

CEO, Co-Founder IMPACT 

President & CEO Founder, Women in Medicine® NFP 

Founder & Chair Women in Medicine Summit 

Vijayakrishna (VK) Gadi, MD, PhD 


Department of Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology 

University of Illinois Cancer Center College of Medicine 

Dr. Gadi, whose laboratory and clinical research has focused primarily on breast cancer, joined the Cancer Center in 2020 as Associate Director of Translational Medicine when he came to the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) after 20 years in Seattle at the University of Washington, where he did his postgraduate training, and the Fred Hutch Cancer Center.

Working closely with Cancer Center leadership, Dr. Gadi continues to lead efforts to identify and recruit novel molecular assets for clinical trials testing from both big pharmaceutical companies and smaller biotech.

Dr. Gadi’s efforts have increased national-level engagement for cooperative group studies and provided access to Cancer Center disease team leaders for clinical trial development opportunities to ensure trials are written to address the needs of diverse patient populations.

In collaboration with several groups of investigators and UIC technology transfer, Dr. Gadi also is accelerating the process of commercialization of multiple diagnostic and therapeutic intellectual properties to build a sustainable licensing revenue stream to support Cancer Center activities.

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Kimberly D. Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP

Kimberly is a general internist/hospitalist who serves as Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Manning is Professor of Medicine and has maintained ABIM board certification since 2001. Beyond her roles in the Department of Medicine, she has been a society small group advisor at the Emory School of Medicine since their curriculum reform in 2007. Her clinical work is at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s safety net facility, where she has been for last two decades.

Manning’s academic achievements include numerous institutional, regional and national teaching awards. She has a strong passion for storytelling as a means to build and strengthen diverse and humanistic clinical environments as well as cultivating psychologically safe learning climates. In her time as a residency program director, in 2018 she was awarded the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award—given to only 9 program directors annually across all ACGME residency programs in the US. Her work as a national leader in diversity has been acknowledged through the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Diversity Leadership Award in 2020 and the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion Exemplary Leadership Award in 2022. At Emory, she has received the Evangeline Papageorge Award, The Golden Apple Teaching Award, and the Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award—the highest teaching awards in the School of Medicine, Grady Hospital, and Emory’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, respectively. She is also on the board of trustees for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Hospital Medicine. In addition to being a prolific writer of narratives in journals and on Twitter, she co-hosts a podcast called The Human Doctor.

The Inglewood, California native is a proud alumnus of two historically Black colleges—Tuskegee University and Meharry Medical College. She completed training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth in Cleveland followed by a year as chief resident. In addition to caring for patients on the teaching service at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Manning is a happily married mother of two teen-aged sons. She applies her lived experiences as a Black American woman, mother, daughter, wife, and community member to all that she does professionally.

Cecilia Zapata-Harms, MS, MHA  

Cecilia is a founder, an entrepreneur and executive.  She has held leadership positions in strategy, joint venture, startup development, program administration and experience with mergers and acquisitions.  Her career spans more than 30+ years in life science/biotechnology and healthcare industry.  


Cecilia started her tenure as a strategic planner under the direction of Dr. Robert Day, then President of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research in the early 1990s.  She then became Division Program Administrator for the Molecular Pharmacology, Clinical Research Division under the leadership of Dr.Lee Hartwell and Dr. Stephen Friend.  Cecilia held the position of Director of Strategic Development and as the Director of Affiliate Network and Strategic Outreach, overseeing all clinical research partnerships with community cancer centers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Hawaii.  


In the summer of 2017, Cecilia decided to return to her life science and biotechnology roots and started a new company 3rdeEyeBio, LLC as one of the Managing Partners.  3rdEyeBio, LLC is an accelerator group providing life science/biotech startups the infrastructure to support overall growth from scientific advisory to investment raise. Has held the role of CBIO for Vyrty Corporation dba SyncMD, located in Anderson, South Carolina, a multi-dimensional technology company. 

She is founder and executive director of Women, Life and Science, Inc., a board member for the Luskin Family Foundation. 

Mark Hertling, DBA  

Lieutenant General, US Army (retired) 


Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling retired from the Army in December 2012, finishing his 38-year Army career as the Commanding General of US Army, Europe. After retirement from the Army, Mark began a 2d career contributing to leadership in healthcare organizations.  He received a BS from West Point, an MS from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business, Rollins College, defending research addressing physician leadership in the healthcare industry.  
Hertling was a senior vice-president at AdventHealth from 2013-2018. After writing “Growing Physician Leaders,” he began teaching and researching physician leadership as well as continuing to teach leadership to health care professionals at several systems.  He also serves as the Professor of Practice in Strategic Leadership at the Crummer School of Business, and he serves on the Dean's Alliance at Indiana University’s School of Public Health.  Mark is also a military and national security analyst for CNN/CNN International.  

General Hertlings onboard seminar will include a 3 lecture “Medical Professional Leadership mini course” part of Women in medicine leadership programming. 

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