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Women in Science and Medicine

Our Mission

The Women in Science and Medicine Committee’s mission is to cultivate, promote, and advocate for a supportive and safe environment for women, aiming to enhance recruitment, retention, professional development, and promotion of women faculty, residents, fellows, staff and students. We are committed to advancing gender awareness in medicine and women’s health. 

Our Vision

We strive for an equitable workplace sensitive to the needs of women and families.

Our Members


Committee Members:

Falicia Harvey Headshot

Falicia Harvey, Ph.D.

Senior Assistant Dean for Student Success and Wellness

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Christine Wheeler, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Elizabeth E. Caulder, MPA

Business Manager - Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI)

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Stephanie Paolini, M.D.

Prisma Health Neurology, USC SOMC Clinical Assistant Professor

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Megan A. Weis, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S

Director of Community Engagement, SC Center for Rural & Primary Healthcare Research Assistant Professor, USC SOMC

Kathryn Rathke Headshot

Kathryn Rathke

MD Candidate, Class of 2026

Katharine Storo Headshot

Katharine Storo

MD Candidate, Class of 2024

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Natalie Hawkins

Prisma Health Surgery

Alina Latifullina Headshot

Alina Latifullina

PA Candidate

Brooke Cole Headshot

Brooke Cole

MS Candidate, Biomedical Sciences

Bryel Frasch Headshot

Bryel Frasch

MS of Genetic Counseling Candidate

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Suchita Pancholi, M.D.

Prisma Health Internal Medicine

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Blair Coleman

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Candidate

Hayden Petee Headshot

Hayden Petee

MS of Counseling and Rehabilitation Candidate

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Zoë Foster, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Medical Director, USC Athletics


Honorary Committee Members:

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Kinsey Meggett, MS

Ph.D. Student, Applied Health and Evaluation, Clemson University

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Patrice Cunningham

Ph.D. Student, Integrated Biomedical Science

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Kasie Roark

MS Student, Integrated Biomedical Science

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Stephanie Wilczynski

Ph.D. Student, Integrated Biomedical Science


Our Core Values

  • WiSaM Annual Keynote
  • WiSaM Annual Professional & Career Development Workshop
  • USC Annual Women’s Health Research Forum
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Seminar Series
  • USC SOMC Nursing Mothers Lounge (new) location (VA Building 1, Basement Room A11)
  • USC’s Lactation Support Policy
  • NIH provide National Research Service Award (NRSA) awards to cover childcare costs
  • USC’s Parent and Kinship Care Network
  • USC Caregiver Leave Policies
  • Screening Mammograms
  • Wellness Exam Eligibility

Our Upcoming Events

Check back soon for our upcoming events.

Our Impact

On April 21, WiSaM organized the inaugural "Open Forum for Advocacy: Let’s Talk!," in partnership with the SOMC Culture and Climate Committee. This hybrid lunch-and-learn event featured 28 in-person and over 20 online attendees. The event was designed to introduce our committee, who we are, what we do and ask attendees how we can assist based on our mission, vision and core values in enhancing workplace culture. Subsequent action items will be suggested to leadership. We thank Dr. Spinale and the Office of Research and Graduate Education for sponsoring lunches and Dr. Orr from the Office of Continuous Professional Development and Strategic Affairs for serving as moderator.

The one-hour virtual workshop was held on October 13. Three panelists, Heather Brown, M.D., Clinician at Prisma Health, Annette Rauch, PA, Physician Assistant at Prisma Health and Jessica Sido, Ph.D., Start-up Consultant, introduced themselves. Breakout sessions followed with each panelist discussing their topics of choice.

Professionalism and Career Development Student Workshop link:

Dr. Kari-Claudia Allen is an academic family medicine physician at Prisma Health with special interests in women’s health, social justice, health equity, and maternal mortality research and policy. Her keynote seminar entitled “Women of Color in Medicine” was held on September 24.



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