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Women In Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (WICTA)
Special Interest Group

Committee Description

SCA membership will be desirable to all anesthesiologists practicing cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

The mission of the special interest group is to help mentor and sponsor women and provide education to the broader membership on how to better engage women in the advancement of our specialty.

The purpose of this group is to provide networking and support of women via sponsorship, mentorship and education.

The special interest group reports to the SCA Member Engagement Committee.

The special interest group meets at least once per year.

The special interest group is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and all SCA members interested in being a participant. A Board Liaison may be appointed at the discretion of the President.

There is no term for SIG members.

Professional Development Mentoring Program (PDMP)


The Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Special Interest Group (WICTA SIG) of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists is proud to sponsor the Professional Development Mentoring Program (PDMP), now in its second year. The goal of PDMP is to foster networking and career development opportunities for members of WICTA.

There continues to be disparities in research funding for women and underrepresented minorities, part of which may be explained by the lack of mentoring. The goal of this year’s PDMP Clinical Mentoring Track is to match a mentee with an established research mentor to help guide the mentee in formulating a research project, with the goal of eventually applying for intramural or extramural funding. The project may be used to obtain pilot data for future grant applications, and must be feasible at the mentee’s institution. Mentees will meet with their mentors at least once a month, and will also meet with their peers within the same mentoring cohort monthly. There will also be webinars on the following topics: idea formation, project design, elements of a successful grant proposal, and how to foster a successful collaboration.

This program is open to all women and underrepresented minorities at all professional rank levels, who have not previously received extramural funding.

For any questions regarding this program, or this application, please email

WICTA Speaker Database

If you would like your name and topics/presentations to be added to this database, enroll now!

Those looking for speakers for Grand Rounds, conferences, etc. can submit an inquiry directly to to be provided with a list of speakers in the content area they specify.


Past Events

SIG Professional Development Program on Public Speaking

October 10, 2020

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Harriet Hopf (University of Utah)
  • Featured: PDMP Mentees Nazish Hashmi, Chandrika Garner, and Angieszka Trzcinka
  • View Recording