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Women in Medicine

UC San Diego Internal Medicine is committed to the recruitment and advancement of Women in Medicine!


August 15, 2019: Work/Life Balance panel (combined IM/EM event)
June 11, 2019: Paint night led by UCSD med/peds resident Cathy Cichon


January 23, 2019: Imposter syndrome panel
November 2, 2018: American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Mixer
September 2018: An entire month dedicated to celebrating Women in Medicine here at UCSD!
August 29, 2018: How to Interview with Dr. Geary, current VP of Ambulatory Care for Scripps Clinic and former graduate of UCSD Internal Medicine
August 28, 2018: Advancing Women in Medicine workshop/networking event


May 31, 2018: Resilience in Medicine: Advancing Women in Medicine workshop
April 22, 2018: Mentoring Event with Dr. Irina Petrache, Chief of National Jewish Health in Denver
March 1, 2018: How to Succeed in Medicine with Confidence, Advice from our Female GI Faculty Panel
November 7, 2017: God’s Hotel book club with Dr. Sweet (author), an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history. 
October 10, 2017:
Diversity in Medicine with Dr. Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity in the UCSF School of Medicine. 
August 3, 2017: Earning what you're worth seminar by UCSD MSTP Women Physician
Women Physician Scientists Advocacy Group – Negotiations Seminar
SeptemberSeptember was Women in Medicine Month!
Celebration of the women in medicine at UCSD
September 12, 2017: Webinar on How to position yourself as a physician leader
September 28, 2017: Q&A Webinar on Leadership Principles for Women in Medicine with Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP; Darilyn V. Moyer MD, FACP; and Fatima Zahara Syed, MD, MSc


June 7, 2017Academic Women in Medicine with Dr. Anita Raj, Tata Chancellor Professor of Medicine and the Director of UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health
March 21, 2017: Dr. Elaine Muchmore, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, receives the 2017 Association of Specialty Professors’ Eric G. Neilson Distinguished Professor award in Baltimore, MD
February 7, 2017Can we have it all? with Dr. Lori Daniels, Professor of Medicine, Director of Coronary Care Unit, Division of Cardiology 
August 4, 2016Lean in with Dr. Connie Benson, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Fellowship Program Director

Women in Medicine Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kim Kerr

Dr. Leonie Heyworth

Kim M. Kerr, MD, is the current Vice Chief of the Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine department at UC San Diego. Her clinical and research interests are in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, reperfusion lung injury, and she is the Principal Investigator for the United States CTEPH Registry. Dr. Kerr has served as an attending physician in the ICU, Pulmonary Consult, and Pulmonary Vascular Services at UCSD since 1993 and previously held the position of Medical Director of the Thornton and Jacobs ICUs. Dr. Kerr also serves as a professor in the Department of Medicine, where she instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San School of Medicine.

She completed fellowships in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at both UCSF and UC San Diego School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.

Dr. Kerr has repeatedly been named a top doctor in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society. In 2016, she was awarded UC San Diego Health's Attending Physician of the Year.

Women in Medicine Resident Spotlight: Dr. Kusuma Pokala, class of 2020

About Me: I grew up in San Diego and went to college at Northwestern University and medical school at Emory University. Outside of the hospital, I love hiking, DIY projects, and hanging out with family and friends.

Why UCSD? What do you like most about this program?

I was attracted to UCSD because it has a lot of great things to offer - strong clinical exposure, 2-months of dedicated research time (optional), and supportive co-residents and faculty are just a few. Also, San Diego is an amazing place to live - the great weather, the BEST Mexican food, and the fact that the beach is always close by is hard to beat.

Interests in Medicine: My interests in medicine are focused in Gastroenterology and Medical Education.

To see more posts, please visit the Resident's Website and 
search the "Advancing Women in Medicine" category.