BWIMS Scholarship

portraits of the two 2023 bwims scholarship winners

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

We are exciting to announce that in 2024 the monetary value of the scholarship increased to $2,000 and may be used to 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. The $2000 scholarship may be applied retroactively or proactively for an activity within the fiscal year (October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024). Receipts are required for disbursement of the scholarship and must be submitted by September 20, 2024.

Apply for the BWIMS Scholarship

The application period is currently closed. Please check back in March 2025.


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. Medical students are not eligible.

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:

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

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. 

2023 Scholarship Winners

Portrait of Jessie DorneJessie Dorne, PA - Ob/Gyn

Funding for the North American Menopause Society's Certified Menopause Practitioner exam.


Portrait of Dr. Sarah KleinschmidtSarah Kleinschmidt, MD - Emergency Medicine

Attendance at the Massachusetts Medical Society course "Training Physician Leaders to Advance a More Just Workplace."

Past Scholarship Winners


Raquel Belforti, DO, MS - Medicine

Tuition for a Masters in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation at the University of Connecticut.

Elizabeth A. Eagleson, MD, FACP - Internal Medicine

Attendance at the Culinary Medicine Conference in Orlando, FL to learn effective framework for group visits and nutrition education for patient care.

Bhavya Rajanna, MD - Hospital Medicine

Attendance at Mind-Body Medicine course at Harvard Medical School.

Linda Salazar, MD - Surgery

Attendance at the 2022 American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting.


Paula Beth Brooks, DNP - Surgery

Attendance at the Advanced Practice Providers Executive Leadership Summit in September 2021.



Elizabeth Baker, MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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


Mary Jo Farmer, MD, PhD - Pulmonary Critical Care

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



Anna Paskausky, PhD, NP - Primary Care

Attendance at the 2019 Advanced Practice Provider Executives Leadership Conference to support her work on Baystate’s APP Leadership Committee.


Anastasia Hallisey, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Supported clinical and service work in Ghana.

Amy Oliveira, MD - Radiology

Attendance at the AAMC Early Career Women in Medicine & Science Faculty Development Seminar.


Shan Li, MD - Radiology

Presentation at the International Skeletal Society annual meeting in Berlin, Germany. 

Kate Remauro, NP - Behavioral Health

Attendance at a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Workshop to learn techniques to apply within the Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program.

Carly Dettermann, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Attendance at a Women’s Sexual Health Course for Nurse Practitioners.

Jacqueline Wu, MD - Surgery

Participation in the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) to support her efforts to study sexual harassment in the workplace.


Erica Kane, MD - Surgery

Travel to Haiti to help develop an international surgery rotation.

Susan Kartiko, MD - Surgery

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


Alena Kreychman, MD - Radiology

Attendance and presentation at a national radiology conference.

Susan DeJoy, CNM - Ob/Gyn

Travel to a kick-off meeting in Washington DC to plan a National Quality Project to Reduce Primary Cesarean Sections.


Kathleen Mahoney, MD - Health Care Quality

Participation in a master’s program related to Healthcare Quality.


Maura Brennan, MD - Geriatrics

Attendance at a negotiation skills conference at Harvard.

Aleah Nesteby, NP - Primary Care

Attendance at a national meeting on Transgender Health.

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