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Women in Critical Care

Chair:  Karen Burns, MD, MSCR, FRCPC, MSc 

The Women in Critical Care Interest Group is comprised of a diverse group of individuals (women and men) engaged in various facets of critical care practice worldwide, and includes academicians involved in research/clinical care/administration, private practitioners, junior, mid-level, and senior faculty. The purpose of the group is to encourage women from various career tracks to engage in ATS activities, and also to address issues that are important to ensure equitable representation of women in the field of critical care. The interest group (formed in 2019) stems from the Women in Critical Care working group that has been active since 2014.


Goals and Objectives

  • Ensure that women are equitably represented in critical care programming for the international ATS meeting, including in critical care-sponsored programming, including representation in chairing sessions, providing lectures, and being selected for awards.
  • Involve women in ATS programming and opportunities not related to the IC, including such activities as critical care assembly projects, design/production of materials on the internet, and on-going mentorship avenues.
  • Recognize and promote women who have contributed to the success of ATS through formal ATS awards and grants.
  • Support career development of women physicians in critical care at all levels through formal and informal networking opportunities both at the ATS international conference and throughout the year.
  • Partner with other minority and under-represented groups within ATS to enhance ATS diversity, scholarship, and representation. 

How can I get involved?

We will be meeting at ATS time and place to be determined. There are opportunities to become a WICC member and become involved.

Sign up to be included in the WICC mailing list!

We are creating a list of Critical Care Assembly members interested in participating in ongoing or future WICC-related projects. The purpose is to facilitate involvement in Critical Care Assembly activities (including the annual conferences). We invite Critical Care Assembly members to provide information about their experiences, interests and goals for participation of women in the Assembly. Please email tzahir@thoracic.org, if you would like to participate.

Interested in becoming a WICC mentor? Interested in having a WICC mentor? Please sign up through Critical Care Assembly.

Publications, Abstracts, and Documents

  • Rubin E. Striving for Diversity in Research Studies. N Engl J Med. 2021 Sep 13. doi:10.1056?NEJMe2114651
  • Trachuk P. An Interesting Fact. J Grad Med Educ. 2020 Apr;12(2):225-226.doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-19-00559.1.

  • Thakur N, Lovinsky-Desir S, Appell D, et al. Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Minority Population in Clinical Research in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 Aug 1;204(3):e26-e50. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202105-1210ST. PMID: 34347574.

  • Shamseer L, Bourgeault I, Grunfeld E, et al. Will COVID-19 result in a giant step backwards for women in academic science? J Clin Epidemiol. 2021 Jun;134:160-166.doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.03.004. Epub 2021 Mar 8

  • Salles A, Jagsi R. Institutional imperatives for the advancement of women in medicine and science through the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet. 2021. S0140-6736(21)01912-7. 

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WICC Sub-Committees

  • Gender Related Research, lead by Karen Burns, and Liz Viglianti
  • Mentorship, lead by Jenny Han, and Janice Liebler
  • Social Media, lead by Dina Khateeb
  • WICC within ATS plus workshop, lead by Sarah Jolley, Abigail Chua, and Kelly Vranas
  • WICC outside ATS, lead by Alison Fox Robichaud, and Nilam Mangalmurti


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