March 13 , 2017, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Monica Motley, Ph.D.
Consultant, Community Activist, and Research Associate, Virginia Tech

Christian Matheis, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech 


Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, M 210
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

For Medical Students Only

Fostering gender equity is the responsibility of all individuals and society as whole, and requires the active contribution and input from all students. Gender-specific beliefs and practices help shape the social interactions and learning environment of a student’s medical education, as well as professional beliefs and interactions as a future physician. Studies show that a growing number of women are attending medical school as well as becoming physicians. However, female students report higher rates of gender-related stereotyping, bias, and mistreatment experienced during their studies. Unfortunately, it may be challenging for some students to name and/or even acknowledge that gender inequity exists within their program, let alone address it without fear of consequences such as isolation or jeopardized clinical experiences.

This interactive session will be an open, collegial discussion of gender inequalities, microaggressions, and sexism in the medical school environment and clinical workplace. The guest facilitators will moderate group discussions as well as offer skills and strategies for responding to specific instances that may happen during one’s medical school tenure. Join us in unpacking our individual gender beliefs, understanding how to recognize and respond to microaggressions and biases, and developing skills to improve the medical school gender-climate as well as promote gender equity throughout our future careers.