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Are you a pre-med student?

A medical student?

Maybe a resident trying to survive residency?

Are you wondering what to expect as a female physician?

Trying to figure out how to balance

being a wife, mother and physician?

Wondering what specialty you should choose to be able

to "have it all"? 

Contemplating when to have children in your training and career?  Maybe just interested in what gender bias you may face as a woman in medicine? 

If you've asked yourself ANY of these questions, then JOIN US! 

We are sheMD - a virtual community of female physicians

(MD AND DO) who discuss, discover, and delve into the adventures of women in medicine. 

We strive to inspire and to educate women in medical training (that's you!) about gender disparities and to provide tools to overcome inequality.

Our goal is lofty ladies!

We aim to create a culture where future generations of physicians will achieve EQUALITY in medicine.

Editors-In-Chief

Melissa Parsons, MD

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Dr. Melissa Parsons received a Bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Florida in Gainesville and her MD from University of Florida College of Medicine (Class of 2012). Go Gators! Melissa completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.  She currently works as an Emergency Medicine physician in Jacksonville, Florida and is involved in graduate medical education as an Associate Residency Director for Emergency Medicine. Melissa's professional interests include simulation, medical education, physician wellness, gender disparities in medical education, and physician infertility. Her hobbies include CrossFit, fishing, hunting, lobstering and mom-life.

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Alexandra Mannix, MD

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Dr. Alexandra “Lexie” Mannix received a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida, and her MD from Florida State University College of Medicine (Class 2014). Lexie completed her Emergency Medicine residency at UF- Jacksonville followed by a Simulation fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She currently works as an Emergency Medicine physician in Jacksonville, Florida and is involved in graduate medical education as an Assistant Residency Director for Emergency Medicine. Lexie’s professional interests include medical education, simulation, women in medicine, and social media in medical education. She loves traveling, eating new foods, attending sporting events, and spending time with her friends and family.

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We are SheMD - a virtual community of female physicians who discuss, discover and delve into the adventures of women in medicine & medical training.

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Megan Bauman, MS
Content Editor

Student Doctor Megan Bauman is a medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She is actively involved in her local American Association of Neurological Surgeons Student Chapter and currently serves as the chapter's co-president. Megan is dedicated to developing mentorship initiatives at her medical school and has recently established an annual webinar series aimed at introducing premedical students in all 50 states to the neuroscience field. Her clinical research interests center round pediatric midbrain tumors, neurocritical care, and gender disparities in academia. In addition, her basic science interests lie in investigating glioblastoma-derived extracellular vesicles and their role in immunosuppression. As a previous music major, Megan is an avid musician and educator. She enjoys teaching music lessons and serving as a teaching assistant for first-year courses at MCASOM. In her free time, you can find Megan tackling new climbing routes at her local rock-climbing gym. Megan is interested in pursuing a surgical subspecialty, currently neurosurgery, upon completion of medical school.

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Jane Shelley, MD
Content Editor

Dr. Jane Shelley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College, and her MD from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Jane then went on to complete her General Surgery internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. After earning her Naval Flight Surgeon wings, she reported to Naval Air Station Lemoore to serve as the Flight Surgeon for Carrier Airwing Two, deploying onboard the USS Carl Vinson. She subsequently served on the Naval Medical Forces Pacific COVID-19 Task Force, coordinating the operational response to the pandemic across the Pacific Fleet. She currently serves as the VMMT-204 Flight Surgeon at Marine Corps Air Station New River. She plans to return to training to complete her residency in 2025. Jane’s professional interests include women in medicine, advocacy for physician mental health, and process improvement. She loves running, pickleball, the New England Patriots, and getting outside with her dogs.

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Kristen Stringfellow, BS
Social Media Editor

Student Doctor Kristen Stringfellow is a medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She grew up in Arkansas her entire life and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Nutrition. She currently serve as the OBGYN Interest Group President, Class of 2024 Honor Council Representative and Women's Health Night Coordinator at 12th Street Health and Wellness clinic, a student ran clinic at UAMS. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her two dogs, Poppy and Remy, travel with her husband and friends, and read! She is in a dual enrollment program at UAMS and will graduate with an M.D./ MPH in May of 2024 with an honors in research and finance. She has strong interests in Women's Health, the OBGYN field, and public health.

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Claire Duican, BS 
Social Media Editor

Student Doctor Claire Duican is a medical student at Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Growing up in Alabama, she relocated to Texas to pursue her dream of competing in an NCAA Division I swimming program. Throughout her collegiate swimming career, she was awarded Athlete of the Year (2020) and team Captain her senior year. In medical school, she holds executive board positions as Director of Community Outreach for both the OB/GYN and American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) student interest groups. Her life’s passion is reproductive endocrinology and infertility, with her current research assessing time to conception following myomectomy procedure in patients desiring future fertility. Claire has dreamed of becoming a reproductive endocrinologist since she was 15 years old and plans to pursue an OBGYN residency following medical school. She holds space for any opportunity to mentor pre-med students on their journey toward becoming a physician; connect with her on Instagram @claireduican.

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Prema Vyas, BS, MS
Social Media Editor 

Student Doctor Prema Vyas is a medical student at Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently the director of her OB/GYN interest group and a Student Ambassador for her school's admission team. In addition, she also loves volunteering at their free clinic and mentoring 4th-grade students in her community. She is currently pursuing research in uterus transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys fostering dogs, knitting, and trying new recipes in her Instant pot. Currently, she is interested in OB/GYN and transplant medicine.

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Alaura Daniels, BS 
Social Media Editor

Student Doctor Alaura Daniels is from Mount Vernon, New York and currently matriculated at St. George’s University School of Medicine as a second-year medical student. Prior to entering medical school, she worked for three years as an EMT and enjoyed every moment of it. She hopes to pursue a career as an emergency medicine physician. She enjoys teaching others how to take care of themselves and others. When not studying, she enjoys heading to the beach and relaxing to the sounds of the waves hitting the shore.

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Carolina Carter Coleman, BS 
Digital Media Editor

Student Doctor Carolina Coleman is a MD/MPH candidate at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She graduated from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig) with a degree in spanish. She hopes to take what she has learned from the public health, spanish and medical fields to help bridge the gap between healthcare accessibility and minority populations in my community. She currently serves as the UAMS Women in Surgical Education (WISE) social media chair and is passionate about creating platforms that educate, promote and support women as they journey through their medical career. When off campus, you can find her on her Peloton, spending time outdoors with my dog, Cowboy, or at any (and every) local restaurant in town.

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Megan Hand, BS
Digital Media Editor

Student Doctor Megan Hand is a current medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas where sher eceived a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in medical humanities. She currently serves as the secretary for her Medical Schools emergency medicine interest group, as well as being an active member in many other student groups on campus. She loves volunteering at Hoover Treatment Center, a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse treatment and recovery to members of the community. She is passionate about women’s health and hopes to make an impact on improving health education to girls and women throughout Arkansas. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine or OB/GYN.

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Taylor Umbarger, BS 
Digital Media Editor

Studen Doctor Taylor Umbarger is about to begin her third year as a MD/MPH student at UAMS. She lives with her husband, Zain, and their sweet cat Onyx. She has always wanted to be a doctor and that dream wouldn’t be possible without my family and friend group. She hopes to provide the same support she has felt from “Girl Boss” (that’s our group chat name :)) to women interested in and working in healthcare through SheMD!

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