Anesthesiology Professor Harriet Hopf, M.D., To Lead University of Utah's Women in Medicine Program

Anesthesiology Professor Harriet Hopf, M.D., To Lead University of Utah's Women in Medicine Program

Oct 27, 2009 1:00 PM

Harriet W. Hopf, M.D., professor of anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been appointed as Chair and Liaison for the School of Medicine’s Women in Medicine (WIM) Program.  In conjunction with her role in the WIM Program, Hopf will also serve as Director of Mentoring in the medical school’s Faculty Administration Office. She replaces Mary A. Murray, M.D., professor of pediatrics.

Hopf joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 2006. Before that, she was professor of anesthesia and surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  In recognition of her abilities as a mentor, she received the UCSF Graduate Students Association Faculty Mentorship Award in 1999 and was elected to the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF in 2004.  In 2008-09 she completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University.

“I am pleased that Dr. Hopf has accepted these important positions.  Her enthusiasm and efforts will be of great benefit to the School of Medicine”, said David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine.  Given her experience in mentoring programs and outstanding organizational skills, Dr. Hopf’s ambitious agenda for the Women in Medicine Program is expected to enhance the experience of all participants at the University of Utah.

The Women in Medicine Program (WIM) was created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to improve the pathways for women in medicine and science to contribute fully to academic medicine.

"The University of Utah’s Women in Medicine Program has been effective in advancing the careers of women students, trainees and faculty for a number of years.  My goal as the new leader of the organization is to give medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty the tools required to pursue a successful career in medicine,” said Hopf.

WIM will continue to sponsor monthly conferences and an annual WIM day with a prominent invited speaker.  Planned monthly topics include: “Ask for What You Need: Negotiating Workshop;” “Decision Making and Your Career;” “RVUs: What are they and How do They Affect Me?” and a panel of senior faculty who will address the question: “When is the ‘Best’ Time to Have Children and What is the ‘Best’ Approach to Child Care?”  Dr. Hopf also plans to identify and collaborate with other groups on campus who share the mission of faculty development to leverage success.

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