Women in Medicine Conference

Des Moines, IA US
September 16, 2023


  • IMS Member: $75.00
  • Non-IMS Member: $125.00

Click here to register. 

If you have questions, please email the Iowa Medical Society.


Let’s talk about what makes you whole as a person and a doctor. This year’s Women in Medicine Conference explores the professional issues physicians face (mental health stigmas, coping strategies, workforce shortages) and what brings fulfillment to their lives. Life as a woman physician is a layered complexity of roles, commitments, interests, and satisfaction. This highly interactive conference will be an opportunity for women physicians, at any stage of their career, to share their unique experiences, be inspired by others, and get to know fellow women in medicine. Conference activities will include presentations from professional subject-matter experts, round-table discussions and open-mic opportunities, digital audience polling, and Q&A sessions throughout the day.


TimePresentation Title and Speaker
8:30 amRegistration
9:30 am

Welcome Message
Jessica Zuzga-Reed, DO, IMS President

9:35 am

Transforming the Landscape of Medicine Through the Power of Women
Deborah Turner, MD, President of League of Women Voters

  1. Develop a plan to increase civic engagement over the next 12 months and share it with their partner(s), colleagues, or family. 
  2. Identify three ways disparity impacts the outcomes of medical practice in their setting. 
  3. Commit to developing a DEI lens for their medical practice decisions. 
10:35 amBreak
10:45 am

Women in Spine: A Road Less Traveled
Cat Olinger, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, UIHC

  1. Identify ways to increase diversity.
  2. Improve opportunities for disadvantaged populations.
  3. Become a leader and advocate in your field. 
11:45 amLunch
12:30 pm

Fireside Chat (Non-CME)
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD 

1:15 pm

Challenges to Wellness: Beyond Time, Energy, Age, and Seniority
Cindy Hanawalt, MD, Medical Director, Naval Nuclear Laboratory

  1. Identify wellness challenges such as micro-aggressions, PPE/work environment, family-work balance, and societal expectations.
  2. Assess the quality of life through an interactive real-time survey
  3. Become an effective communicator.
2:15 pmBreak
2:25 pm

Panel: Empowered Finances, Navigating the Money Maze (Non-CME)
Tiffani Milless, MD
Abi Reiland, JLL Brokerage, Inc.
Ashlee Vieregger, JD, CFP®, CTFA, Foster Group

3:15 pm

Closing Remarks
Jessica Zuzga-Reed, DO

3:30 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/16/2023 - 9:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/16/2023 - 3:30pm CDT
Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States

Cindy Hanawalt, MD, received her PhD and MD from the University of Iowa. She is board certified in Family Medicine. She is currently the Medical Director for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory in Pennsylvania.  Her leadership experience includes serving as Family Medicine Department Chair, President of Medical Staff, President of Linn County Medical Society, Board Member of Iowa Medical Society, Delegate to the National Safety Council, and counsel to hospital and industry DEI committees.

Cat Olinger, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. Dr. Olinger received her medical school training from Creighton University School of Medicine, residency training from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Campbell Clinic, and fellowship training from the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedics, AO Spine, North American Spine Society, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society, Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and the Southern Orthopaedic Association.

Deborah Turner, MD, JD, serves as the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected board president at the 55th National Convention of the League of Women Voters in June of 2022 and will serve until June 2024.

Accreditation Statements

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 3.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Medical Society. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Lori Byrd - Planning Committee Member
  • Cindy Hanawalt, MD - Speaker
  • Heather Lee - Planning Committee Member
  • Mary Lyon - Activity Director
  • Sara Opie - Planning Committee Member
  • Kady Reese - Activity Director
  • Deborah Turner, MD - Speaker

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

  • Cat Olinger, MD - Speaker
    • Consultant: Globus, Proprio. The relationship is not relevant to the educational activity.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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  • IMS Member: $75.00
  • Non-IMS Member: $125.00

Click here to register. 

If you have questions, please email the Iowa Medical Society.