New Director of the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM)


I am pleased to announce that Namrata Patel, MD, has accepted the role of Director of the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM). Dr. Patel is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Divisions of General Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine, respectively. 

Dr. Patel received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Emory University. She obtained her medical degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine and subsequently completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Case Western Reserve University. In 2019, Dr. Patel joined faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. 

During her time as faculty, Dr. Patel has been an engaged member of the FWIM committee. In 2020, she created and now leads the DOM Moms and Caregiver’s subcommittee of FWIM, which helps support faculty and trainees with caregiving roles. Her passions include gender equity, community engagement, health equity and global health. She is actively involved in the Internal Medicine residency program as core faculty member and precepts in both the resident primary care continuity clinic in the Center for Outpatient Health as well as inpatient FIRM teams. 

As Director of FWIM, Dr. Patel will be responsible for supporting the professional development of the women trainees in the Department of Medicine through skill-building workshops, networking events, and the trainee leadership development program. She is excited to lean more into wellness, community partnerships, and policy with regards to her role

Since 2014, FWIM has grown and thrived under the longstanding leadership of Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD, who recently stepped into her new role as the Vice Chair for the Advancement of Women’s Careers in the Department of Medicine. We are grateful for Dr. Bhayani’s vision and passion in shaping FWIM into an invaluable source of support and a resource for women trainees. We look forward to her continued dedication in fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for women faculty and trainees.