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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

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Houston Women's Psychiatry

Houston Association of Women Psychiatrists (HAWP)

Association of Women Psychiatrists, Local Branch

With departmental support from Stuart Yudofsky, M.D., James Lomax, M.D., and Pedro Ruiz, M.D., HAWP was formed by psychiatry faculty members and residents of Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and private practitioners. This initiative was launched to improve the professional and personal development of female psychiatric trainees and psychiatrists, and to address work-life-balance issues for all psychiatrists and their families. Events are held quarterly and are organized by resident leaders and faculty who provide support and mentorship.

Seeking opportunities for mentorship that extends beyond their respective institutions, the HAWP group hosted events to include psychiatrists who practice in the greater Houston area. This initiative continued as discussions with the Association of Women Psychiatrists leadership (former and current presidents Mary Kay Smith, M.D. and Tana A. Grady-Weliky, M.D.). During the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in May 2007, the AWP designated HAWP to be their inaugural local chapter!

HAWP Elected Leadership 2010-2011

  • President - Rhoda Seplowitz, M.D.
  • Vice President - Stephanie Carson, M.D.
  • Treasurer - Elizabeth Truong, M.D.
  • Secretary - Georgia Nagel, M.D.
  • AWP Executive Council Member - Toi Blakley Harris, M.D.

Faculty Liaisons

  • Baylor College of Medicine - Mollie Gordon, M.D.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Katherine Cowan, M.D.

Resident Liaisons

  • Baylor College of Medicine - Dana Reid, D.O.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Garima Arora, M.D.

2010-2011 Events

Our first event of the academic year was a success. Attended by a nice mix of residents, fellows, faculty and individuals in private practice, our networking event was hosted in the office of one of our members, Jane Ann Leeves, M.D. Those who attended enjoyed a lovely buffet and plenty of great conversation.

Our second event of the year was a panel discussion on psychiatry and private practice. This event was held at Greater Houston Associates-a psychiatry group practice and the discussion was led by Robbie Wright, M.D., and Marisa Suppatkul, M.D. Those who attended learned about the different aspects of starting and maintaining a private practice.

Our third event of the year was an educational discussion on Community Psychiatry at the MHMRA Southwest location. Sylvia Muzquiz, M.D. The Medical Director, MH Division of MHMRA Harris County, led the discussion and presented information on previous, current, and future issues concerning Community Mental Health, providing insight into opportunities for careers in Community Mental Health.

Our fourth and final event of the year was a very informative presentation led by Rene Bruno, M.D., a consult-liaison psychiatrist at Women's Hospital at Baton Rouge. Dr. Bruno discussed therapeutic principles in the clinical practice and management of women during their different reproductive years. Attendants gained a better understanding on how to treat and care for women during their reproductive years and how to safely and effectively use psychotropic medications to treat their psychiatric illness.

In addition to these planned events Jennifer Milone, M.D., Chair of the Community Education Outreach Committee, planned a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series for The Women's Home, a residential center for homeless women living in Houston. A series of lectures on different psychiatric disorders was presented to residents of the Women's Home by various faculty and residents.

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