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BWIMS Professional Development Scholarship

The Baystate Women in Medicine and Science (BWIMS) Professional Development Scholarship is a monetary award to help women providers advance their academic careers and/or organizational leadership.

The scholarship may fund a variety of activities including, but not limited to, travel to present at conferences, enrollment in courses, or purchase of materials to support professional endeavors. The scholarship may also cover conference-related childcare expenses. It is, however, not intended to support professional membership or licensure fees.

Apply for the Scholarship

The application period is currently closed. Please check back in March 2023.


Physicians or advanced practitioners who identify as women and who are active medical staff at any Baystate Health entity are eligible to apply. Graduate medical trainees (i.e., residents and fellows) are also eligible. Prior winners may reapply for new projects. A single person must apply for and receive the scholarship, but the proposal may include support of a team initiative.

Application Requirements 

  • Current CV
  • Brief proposal statement (less than 500 words) about candidate’s proposed professional development activity. Proposal must include a statement of support from the candidate’s Department Chair or Service Line Leader [e.g., "I have received approval for this proposal from the Chair of my Department"].

Review and Award Process

The BWIMS Scholarship Subcommittee will score applications based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of application
  • Benefit to the applicant
  • Benefit to the organization

Special consideration will be given to proposed attendance at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ conferences for Early Career Women Faculty or Mid-Career Women Faculty.

BWIMS is supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate and Baystate Health’s Medical Staff Office. BWIMS serves as an institutional resource by providing a forum to promote policies, practices, and programs that support women’s organizational advancement. Its goals are to promote academic and leadership advancement of physicians, faculty, advanced clinical providers and scientists who identify as women; to optimize the recruitment and retention of diverse talent; and to ensure access to effective mentors and opportunities for skill development.

(Updated June 2022)

Past Scholarship Winners


Spring 2021

Brooks Paula

Paula Beth Brooks, DNP - Surgery

Will use the scholarship to support attendance at the Advanced Practice Providers Executive Leadership Summit in September 2021.


Fall 2020


Elizabeth Baker, MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Attended Master of Science Program in Health Care Leadership at Brown University. Capstone project on child resilience.


Spring 2020

Farmer Maryjo

Mary Jo Farmer, MD, PhD - Pulmonary Critical Care

Presented at Hypertension 2019 in Madrid Spain and American College of Chest Physicians Annual Meeting 2019 in New Orleans, LA.


Fall 2019

paskauskyannaAnna Paskausky, PhD, NP - Primary Care

Attended the 2019 Advanced Practice Provider Executives Leadership Conference to support her work on Baystate’s APP Leadership Committee and as Primary Care’s Advanced Practitioner Supervisor and Lead Trainer

Spring 2019

Hallisey AnastasiaAnastasia Hallisey, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Traveled to Ghana for her project in midwifery


oliveiraamyAmy Oliveira, MD - Radiology

Attended the AAMC Early Career Women in Medicine & Science Faculty Development Seminar


lishanShan Li, MD - Radiology

Presented research at Annual Meeting of International Skeletal Society in Berlin, Germany


Remauro Kate smKate Remauro, NP - Behavioral Health

Attended a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshop to bring mindfulness teaching to the Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program


Detterman CarlyCarly Dettermann, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Attended a Women’s Sexual Health Course for Nurse Practitioners


Dr. Jacqueline WuJacqueline Wu, MD - Surgery

Attended the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) to support her research on sexual harassment in the workplace


Kane EricaErica Kane, MD - Surgery

Supported a Surgery trip to Haiti to help develop an international rotation


kartikosusan1952614075Susan Kartiko, MD - Surgery

Attended the Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare workshop at Harvard Medical School


kreychmanalenaAlena Kreychman, MD - Radiology

Presented research and attended a leadership program at a national radiology conference


Dejoy SusanSusan DeJoy, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Funded travel costs to a kick-off meeting in Washington DC to plan a National Quality Project to Reduce Primary Cesarean Sections



MahoneyKathleenKathleen Mahoney, MD - Health Care Quality

Worked on a master’s program to support her transition to medical director of Healthcare Quality


Dr. Maura BrennanMaura Brennan, MD - Geriatrics

Attended a Harvard conference on negotiation skills


Nesteby AleahAleah Nesteby, NP - Primary Care

Attended a national meeting to learn more about starting a Transgender Health program at Baystate