Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (WAM!)

Welcome to Women in Academic emergency Medicine (WAM!)—a group of female emergency medicine residents, fellows, and attendings here at Vanderbilt University. Working in the emergency department has its challenges, and some of these challenges are unique to women. As a group, we serve as a support network to address these needs and help female physicians find a balance between careers, families, friends, and wellness. We have bimonthly informal meetings to discuss a variety of topics, including work-life balance, contract negotiations, wellness, and financial planning. We also seek opportunities for outreach in the local community and beyond. If you have any questions or suggestions for the group, please contact Dr. Tara Overbeeke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Upcoming events!

July 20, 6PM           WAM! Welcome Pool Party


August 22,               Evening Joint event with Women in Radiology

                                 Topic: Wellness and Burnout

                                 Speaker: Dr. Charlene Dewey, Assistant Dean, Educator Development;

                                 Professor, Medical Education & Administration; Professor, Department of Medicine


September              EM Day of Service

                                 Details pending


October 3, 6PM     Topic: The Art of Negotiating

                                 Speaker: Dr. Shari Barkin, Chief of General Pediatrics at VCH; Professor, Department of Pediatrics


December               Holiday Cookie Exchange


January 2018          WAM! Winter Wellness Week n




The WAM! Mission:

"To provide a support system for female residents, fellows, and attendings through mentorship, education, and outreach."


The WAM! Objectives:

1. To promote professional advancement and leadership skills of female emergency physicians

2. To provide mentorship opportunities and mutual support for female emergency physicians

3. To develop and present educational programming pertinent to female emergency physicians

4. To connect members with other female physicians locally and nationally

5. To engage the greater community through outreach opportunities


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