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Women in Medicine & Science Committee Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series

The Brown Bag Lunch seminar series is a lecture platform on topics related to:

  • Professional development and career advancement
  • Leadership skills
  • Grant writing
  • Laboratory management
  • Understanding finances in academic medicine

These lectures are open to Drexel University College of Medicine faculty and trainees (medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, etc.) with the belief that any gender can benefit from career development training and enhanced mentoring and networking. Please note, to view the lectures through this portal, a DrexelOne username and password is required.

Introduction to Money Management and Investing

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 12 to 1 p.m.

Featuring: Michael R. Clancy, MBA, CFP®, CLU
Director, Financial Planning, Drexel University College of Medicine

Join us for an educational session to demystify investing and help plan for a financially secure future. Attendees will learn about:

  • Setting investment goals within a budget and identify the appropriate types of accounts to use for those priorities
  • Identifying the tax impact of your decisions and prioritizing investing within budget constraints
  • The What, Where, When, How and Why of personal finance

Resources for Breastfeeding Parents: Panel Discussion


  • Susan Fuchs, MS, IBCLC, Clinical Instructor, Nutrition Sciences Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions; Director, Human Lactation Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies; Clinical Lactation Consultant, Jefferson Health NJ
  • Gail Herrine, MD, FACOG, IBCLC, FABM, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Reproductive Sciences, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine; Medical Director, Post-Partum, Temple University Hospital
  • Deborah A. Sandrock, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine; Director, Center for Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Support, and Attending Physician, Section of General Pediatrics, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Bringing Bench to Bedside: How to Approach Translational Research at Drexel University


  • Olimpia Meucci, MD/PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology; deputy director, Clinical & Translational Research Institute

Understanding Finances in Academic Medicine: Balancing Multiple Missions


  • Louis Meindl, senior administrator, Department of Medicine and the Drexel University Physicians (DUP)

Educational Goals:
Attendees will obtain a better understanding of a clinical department's financial operations in the face of multiple missions at an academic medical center. Topics include budget planning and preparation, business and financial management, automated financial systems used at DUCOM, financial reporting, and faculty responsibilities for proper billing. The session will end with an interactive discussion with attendees to highlight personal responsibilities and strategies that are associated with the financial aspects of clinical medicine at DUCOM.

Lab Management


  • Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD, associate professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

Educational Goals:
Attendees will obtain tools for success and learn the strategic skills necessary to manage a research laboratory including the importance of having a laboratory leadership vision, building and staffing an effective research team, data management and lab notebook use, lab finances, running effective lab meetings, managing equipment and other resources, and overarching "do's and don'ts" in laboratory management.

Conflict Management


  • Jennifer Livingston, senior consultant, Learning & Organization Development, Human Resources

Educational Goals:
Poorly-managed conflict can damage relationships and undermine work results. When it's managed well, conflict can spark creativity and enrich teamwork. In this seminar, you will explore your own approaches and reactions to conflict, learn how to choose effective strategies for different conflict situations and apply a classic conflict resolution technique. Please come prepared with a personal real-world conflict situation for a short case exercise.

The Art of Grant Writing


  • Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

Educational Goals:
Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from institutions, foundations or corporations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing. Attendees will learn the "how to" skills to put everything together so you can assemble, write, and submit complete grant proposals.

Understanding Promotion and How to Get Promoted

Educational Goals:
Attendees will learn important requirements and strategic techniques for promotion and tenure as basic scientists, clinicians and clinical educators that include: gaining an understanding of DUCOM's policies of promotion; developing a personal promotion plan that is effective, strategic and proactive; maintaining substantial and adequate documentation of teaching, scholarly activity and service; and learning how to network effectively to develop one's academic career.

The Art of Negotiation


  • Carolyn Jackson, CEO, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • Janet Fleetwood, PhD, vice provost for strategic development and initiatives, Drexel University
  • Jane Clifford, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Educational Goals:
Attendees will learn general strategic skills for negotiating conditions for your own success while contributing to the effectiveness of your organization. Panelists will discuss their own personal strategies and examples of negotiation during their professional careers to exemplify advocacy for oneself and strategic preparation.

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