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Women In Cardiology (WIC) Iowa Council Chair

Mahi Ashwath, MD, MBA, FACC, FASE, FSCMR

Email: mahi-ashwath@uiowa.edu

Women in Cardiolgy (WIC) Fellows in Training Chair

Arooj Khan, MBBS

Email: arooj-khan@uiowa.edu

Event for High School Girls Aims to Break Gender Barriers

Females make less than 15% of practicing cardiologists and a much smaller percentage of interventional cardiologist or electrophysiologists. The decision to pursue a career in Cardiology can be daunting, especially for a female high school student.

In order to help these students, Women in Cardiology Iowa ACC Chapter organized an event entirely dedicated for these young, bright high-school students. This event, which was held in the evening of February 15th 2021, brought together inquisitive girls from Iowa-area high-schools and female cardiology fellows, nurse practitioners and physicians. It was a valuable and interactive hour spent talking about the pathways that led us to medicine, the joys of being a WIC, how to find role models, work-life balance, etc.

We believe that through increased exposure to the field of Cardiology and mentorship we will inspire more girls to pursue Cardiology in the years to come and create a pipeline to this amazing medical field for bright, young women.

Spotlight on Iowa Women in Cardiology and Spotlight on Cardiology Practices

We plan to start a new series with a "Spotlight on Iowa Women in Cardiology" and a "Spotlight on a Cardiology Practice" periodically. Please respond with your interest to Dr. Ashwath (Mahi-ashwath@uiowa.edu) or Michelle (mdekker@iowamedical.org ) if you wish to be considered for this.

The Women in Cardiology Section of the ACC offers women cardiologists opportunities to strengthen their professional support system and skills through networking events, professional development and mentoring programs. In addition, membership and active involvement in the Section provides a training ground for developing leadership skills and understanding the governance structure and avenues to leadership within the College.

We are excited to start the Iowa ACC Women In Cardiology (WIC) Council, chaired by Dr. Rafat Padaria. We are looking for additional members to engage the community in a virtual manner. We have had activities through live events (pre COVID-19) with high school students - which has been very well received along with zoom events more recently. We are also partnering with other Midwest Chapters and have been involved with National ACC WIC in our efforts to increase the role of Women in Cardiology.

We are looking for active members who can involve the local community - medical students and high school students - to increase awareness and interest in cardiology.

If you would be interested in joining the leadership team of the WIC-Iowa Chapter, please respond to Dr. Rafat Padaria, Dr. Mahi Ashwath or Michelle Dekker with your interest.

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