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UC Empower - Emergency Medicine Program of Women in Leadership


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!


  • 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 wareness of gender issues.
  • 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.

Visit the EMPOWER Website

To learn more about UC EMPOWER, contact:
Elizabeth Leenellett, MD, at

To learn more about giving to UC EMPOWER, contact:
David Irwin at

Or make your gift online at

Contact Us

Department of
Emergency Medicine

Medical Sciences Building Room 1654
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670769
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0769

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-558-5281