WEM (Women in Emergency Medicine)

The Women in Emergency Medicine committee will provide support, mentorship and networking opportunities to women in emergency medicine with the goal of helping its members achieve their ideal balance in all areas of their lives.

Our goal is to empower women in emergency medicine through representation,  mentorship,  education and advocacy.

Find out more about women who are making a difference in Emergency Medicine. A series of interviews is being conducted.  

Read the interviews 

We are celebrating some of the many women who have demonstrated leadership during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click on each of the images, or on the button below, to view the list of local heroes.

View the Local Heroes        Read their Profiles

Who We Are

Chair                      Ayesha Zia
Assistant Chair Taylor Bischoff
Past Chair Gillian Sheppard
Member at Large Chau Pham
Member at Large Emma Mcilveen-Brown
Member at Large Sheryl Seidman
Resident Member Isabella Menchetti
Student Member Gabriele Jagelaviciute
Social Media Creator Laurence Baril

Local Mentorship Leads

Winnipeg:         Zoe Piggott

St. John’s:       Gillian Sheppard

Toronto:          Anna Nowacki/Soojin Yi

If you’re interested in becoming your local WEM mentorship lead, please contact: Beth Jennings



Tuesday November 24, 2021 11:30 ET WEM Committee meeting
Thursday December 16, 2021 10:00 – 13:00 ET

Joint IFEM Presentation: Women in Emergency Medicine Around the World

For more information

Wednesday May 4, 2022 19:00 ET National Grand Rounds: Human Trafficking – Hidden in Plain Sight
April 4, 18 and 25, 2023

Women in EM CPD Series – Better Together:  Moving Towards Gender Equity in Emergency Medicine

For more information

Get involved:

Wondering how you can get involved? Spread the word about our advertised events! Follow @CAEP_WomenInEM Come or call in to our annual meeting!

Please consider joining the committee or become a local mentorship lead! If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact: WEM@caep.ca

Resources & Articles:

Stop the stereotypes – Women should not have to prove their non-inferiority

Gender-based differences in physician payments within the fee-for-service system in Ontario: a retrospective, cross-sectional study CMAJ

Making Medical Leadership More Diverse

Suicide among physicians and health-care workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Recognizing and addressing implicit gender bias in medicine

Letter to a Young Female Physician

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Microaggressions in Medicine

Sexism in medical care: “Nurse, can you get me another blanket?”

The Importance of Women-Focused Groups in Academic Medicine

Exploring Gender Bias in Nursing Evaluations of Emergency Medicine Residents

Association of Physician Characteristics With Perceptions and Experiences of Gender Equity in an Academic Internal Medicine Department

Gender Differences in Faculty Rank Among Academic Emergency Physicians in the United States

Implementation of a Departmental Female Emergency Medicine Physician Group

“A Woman EP?”- Prejudiced Indian Psyche!

BMC Med 2018 The perceived organizational impact of the gender gap across a Canadian department of medicine and proposed strategies to combat it: a qualitative study.

NEJM 2018: Men’s Fear of Mentoring in the #MeToo Era — What’s at Stake for Academic Medicine?

Tackling unconscious bias in academic medicine from AAMC:

EMCRIT 2015, Resuscitation Program and FEMinEM discussion on Women as Conference Speakers and Unconscious Bias:

Advancing women in academic medicine: ten strategies to use everyday

ACEP // Maximizing the Potential of Women in Emergency Medicine

ACEP // American Association of Women EPs


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