Women Physicians Section

Women Physicians Section Annual Business Meeting

Date: Monday, Oct. 23 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Women Physicians Section (WPS) is excited to have Autumn M. Fiester, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at its Annual Business Meeting on October 23rd and is inviting other interested PAMED members to participate.

Fiester PhotoBio: Autumn Fiester is the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Fiester is the Faculty Program Director for the Master of Bioethics (MBE) and Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) degrees. She is the Director of the Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management, which promotes conflict resolution training for clinical providers and clinical ethics consultants. Dr. Fiester conducts workshops in conflict management throughout the US and abroad. She serves in the role of Academic Conflict Management Consultant in the School of Arts and Sciences, working with academic units on strategic vision, improved communication, mediation, and organizational development. Dr. Fiester has been a member of several international bioethics initiatives including projects in Tanzania, the EU, the UAE, Singapore, and Japan. She is the author of over 100 publications in the areas of clinical ethics, clinical conflict management, LGBT bioethics, and medical ethics education. Dr. Fiester is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Counting Medical Education for continuing medical education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. No one involved in the planning or delivery as any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Women Physicians Section (WPS) was created by the PAMED House of Delegates in October 2018 to encourage women physicians to participate in leadership, policymaking, advocacy, and other activities of PAMED. Prior to becoming an official Section, it was known as the Women Physicians Caucus.

The goals of the WPS are to create a forums for members to:

  • Learn about effective networking
  • Voice concerns and share common experiences
  • Educate and encourage paths to leadership roles in organized and academic medicine
  • Establish a network of women physician leaders
  • Advocate to advance PAMED policy on issues affecting women as well as advise the PAMED Board on such issues

2023 Women Physicians Section Governing Council 

Effective January 1, 2023

WPS Board Trustee - Sherry Blumenthal, MD  Connect with me

Chair  - Karen Rizzo, MD
Vice Chair - Hannah Do, MD 

Resident/Fellow Section Representative - Paige Anderson, MD

Medical Student Section Representative - Nicole Bryce

District 1 Representative: Katherine Sherif, MD

District 2 Representative: Ahashta Johnson, MD

District 3 Representative: Renne Frank, MD

District 4 Representative: Filled with Member-at-Large

District 5 Representative: Sarah Eiser, MD

District 6 Representative: Filled with Member-at-Large

District 7 Representative: Natasha Alligood, MD

District 8 Representative: Ingrid Renberg, MD

District 9 Representative: Marsha Haley, MD

District 10 Representative: Jean Holdren, DO

District 11 Representative: Mylaina Sherwood, MD

District 12 Representative: Riddhi Shah, MD

District 13 Representative: Grace Ferguson, MD

Member-at-Large: Stacey Denlinger, DO

Member-at-Large: Anne Elise Drozdoski, Do 


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District Representatives

District 1 - Katherine Sherif, MD
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District 2 - Ahashta Johnson, MD
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District 3 - Renee Frank, MD
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District 4 - Filled with Member-at-Large
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District 5 - Sarah Eiser, MD
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District 6 - Filled with Member-at-Large
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District 7 - Natasha Alligood-Percoco, MD
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District 8 - Ingrid Renberg, MD
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District 9 - Marsha Haley, MD
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District 10 - Jean Holdren, DO
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District 11 - Mylaina Sherwood, MD
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District 12 - Riddhi Shah, MD
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District 13 - Grace Ferguson, MD
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For more information on the Women Physicians Section (WPS), contact Robin Rothermel at rrothermel@pamedsoc.org.