Congratulations to the Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine for winning the 2016 AWAEM Outstanding Department Award.  The award was accepted by the department chair, Dr. Katherine Heilpern.

Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine has been exceptional in its approach to recruitment, retention and advancement of women.

Their faculty is comprised of 46% women, with a 69% 5-year retention rate of women faculty. In addition, 41% of all faculty hires in the past 5 years and 61% of faculty hires in the past 2 years  have been women. Recently published AAMC data state that women faculty members represent 38% of faculty at our nation’s medical schools, so this department is well ahead of the national data. They employ 73 advanced practice providers in Emory Emergency Medicine, and more than two thirds of their APPs are women.

In the past 5 years, 55% of all Emory EM fellows and 54% of residents were women. Six residents also welcomed children into their families during their residency training. Their success in recruiting women faculty, APPs, fellows and residents is inseparable from their commitment to the retention and advancement of women. With nationally recognized women leaders in Emergency Medicine and women faculty in Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine, University and Department leadership roles, junior faculty, residents and students benefit from strong mentorship.

Their department is nationally known for recruiting, developing and retaining women who are clinically strong and academically adept, nimble scholars. Simply put, they attract, foster, support and promote women. It is a priority for them.

Emory’s Core Values are :

  • We value diversity and inclusion.
  • We promote professional growth, development and opportunity.
  • We value creativity, intellectual curiosity, innovation, critical thinking, and diffusion of knowledge.


To quote one faculty member:

“We are proud to call Emory our professional home. Our home is indeed like a family; a family who shares and values our successes as well as pushes us through our challenges to care for patients from diverse backgrounds. Our diversity as a faculty makes us stronger and our lens towards inclusion even more so. Our hope is to continuously lead the way.”

Congratulations Emory!