In 2018, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine welcomed the most women in the school’s 199-year history. That same year, the Department of Emergency Medicine created the UC Emergency Medicine Program Of Women in Leadership (UC EMPOWER) to aggressively promote the advancement of women in emergency medicine and produce leaders in the field. With relentless intention, conscious inclusion and cultural vigilance, UC EMPOWER is determined to succeed and affect change. The difference we make today will forever affect our department culture and the future of emergency medicine.

The University of Cincinnati established the first emergency medicine residency in the country, and through UC EMPOWER, we can continue to lead the way. When you know what is right—you must act on it. Join the UC Department of Emergency Medicine to empower female residents and faculty!

Did you know?

51% of all medical students are women.

38% of all emergency medicine residents are women.

27% of emergency medicine faculty are women.

ONLY 16% of emergency medicine Chairs are women.


It is time to empower women to achieve their leadership potential in emergency medicine.


Recruit, retain and promote the women faculty in our department to positions of academic leadership.

  • Seek opportunities for women to obtain leadership training.This includes national events like the Association of American Medical Colleges’ women faculty leadership development seminars and sponsorship of five faculty and five residents annually to attend the FemInEM conference as well as local programs.

  • Educate the entire department on unconscious bias and increase awareness of gender issues.

  • Create connections with leaders in the community to provide mentorship and support.

  • Raise $1 million by 2022 to establish the UC EMPOWER Endowed Chair in Emergency Medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine has provided an institutional investment to support this effort.

To learn more about UC EMPOWER:
contact Elizabeth Leenellett, MD, at Elizabeth.Leenellett@uc.edu

To learn more about giving to UC EMPOWER:
contact David Irwin at David.Irwin@uc.edu

Or to make your gift online:

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