Leadership & Management

CHAT Series:
Women in Academia

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching. This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given them. The pilot version of the CHAT program will be a series that focuses on common issues encountered by women in the FHS, although people of all gender are welcome.

The following are the dates and times for the first CHAT series:

1) Building Your Squad: Sponsorship, Mentorship & Allyship
📅Wed., Oct.21, 2020, 8:30pm
Discussant: Dr. Rebecca Repa

2) Getting to ‘We’: Collaborating & Championing Each Other
📅Thurs., Nov. 5, 2020, 12:00pm (noon)
Discussant: Sarrah Lal & Teresa Chan

3) You Belong Here: Navigating Imposter Syndrome
📅Wed., Nov. 18, 2020, 12:00pm (noon)
Discussant: Dr. Margot Mountjoy

4) Intersectionality: Diversity of Perspectives
📅Wed., Dec. 2, 2020, 8:00pm
Discussant: Dr. Saroo Sharda

💻 All are Zoom Virtual Events

Register for these events here: bit.ly/FacDevReg
(you will need to register individually for each of the Women's CHAT events)

There is a persistent gender gap with regards to women in academia - especially in leadership roles. This series aims to bring together women and allies to discuss their own challenges and successes around certain key areas of personal and leadership development.

Following a standard format, listed above, each workshop will be an interactive chance for women and allies to connect around key topics that may be important for their lives as faculty members.

The Fall 2020 series will entail four sessions, but they are meant to be drop-in sessions, and do not require prior attendance.

We will be welcoming women faculty and all those seeking to be allies (including men, non-binary, and transgendered individuals) for them to attend these sessions and participate in our discussion. Students and trainees all throughout the spectrum will also be welcomed.

Each session will have a standard format:

  • Intro (10-15 min) - Short keynote to set the tone. This will be recorded for web content later on.

  • Breakout Rooms (30 min) - Guided discussion on key CHAT questions. These will NOT be recorded.

  • De-Brief & Work To Do (10 min) - Discussion of takeaways and how to implement / amplify learnings from the session. These will not be recorded.

  • Reflections (5 min) - Session leaders provide final reflections (This will be recorded for podcast & web video)

Organizing Committee

Sarrah Lal , MBA (@SarrahML) is an assistant professor in the Division of Education & Innovation (DEI) within the Department of Medicine. She is a entrepreneurship and innovation expert and directs various educational efforts within the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare. Currently she is also the lead of the Leadership & Management team in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.

Interested in organizing a CHAT series?

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching. This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given them. We are welcoming of faculty members who wish to organize a similar series for their area of interest or need. Please contact us at [email protected] to propose a new CHAT series.