Dr. Woods attended medical school at the University of Rochester, completed her residency in emergency medicine at Brown University, and the Emergency Ultrasound fellowship at George Washington University (GWU). She is an Assistant Professor at GWU and directs the Emergency Ultrasound Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her clinical interests are emergency ultrasound, patient advocacy, and public policy.

Title of talk: "The Role of Sweat Equity: Get the Life you Need by Building the Job You Want"

Summary: I chose emergency medicine for many reasons: breath of pathology, diversity of patient population, and its reputation for being "family friendly". Several years later as a single parent, I realized that a job requiring nights, weekends, and holidays wasn't particularly friendly to the type of family I had built. I needed to keep my career, but find the job that worked for me and my family, not the other way around. That job didn't exist, so I built it. I changed hospitals, learned how to say "no", when to say "yes", and took a lot of big chances. It paid off. Five years later, I direct Emergency Ultrasound for not only our emergency department, but our five-hospital system. I consult nationally for our corporate entity, Envision Healthcare. And most importantly, I sleep, exercise, and spend the time I need connecting, cuddling, and laughing with my 5 year old daughter. The first two jobs make me proud and productive, the last job makes me happy and feel at peace. And that's why my life works. As a Feminem attendee in 2017, I received the powerful message that the workplace can, and should, work for women and families. This year, I'm excited to share my story of how I visualized my goals and made them happen, and encourage other women to do the same.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
  • Emergency Ultrasound