About Us

IGNITE MED is a 501 (c ) (3) organization created for women medical students to provide them with enhanced skills and additional training to ensure career success in medicine. The secondary goal of the program is to reduce burnout and attrition of women in medicine by improving individual resilience and addressing institutional and cultural issues in medicine that contribute to physician burnout. IGNITE MED provides an online didactic curriculum, group coaching, mentorship, and opportunities to conduct original research with the goal of publication. The didactic curriculum is delivered by physician educators and can be accessed through an on-demand format. Curricular topics include managing microaggressions, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, leadership, work life balance, depression and suicide, reproductive life planning, managing student debt, personal finance and entrepreneurship. Group coaching is conducted by physician certified coaches with ten students participating in six weekly one-hour sessions conducted by Zoom. IGNITE MED is designed for women but welcomes all medical students to participate.

Mission Statement

To be the premier physician led organization dedicated to ensuring women medical students will thrive as physicians practicing in their chosen specialty through the delivery of a curriculum that guides skill enhancement, the development of a supportive community and interaction with women physician role models.

Vision Statement

We seek to ensure that all women can practice medicine in their specialty of choice without gender discrimination and with the skills necessary to balance the often-conflicting demands of work and family responsibilities while enhancing personal resilience and resistance to burnout

Board of Directors

Executive Board IGNITE MED

Julia A. Files, MD FACP NCMP

Founder and President, IGNITE MED
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair, Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee, Mayo Clinic
Consultant, Medallion Program, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Molly Kraus, MD, FASA

Vice President, IGNITE MED
Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic | Phoenix, AZ

Shivani Mukkamala, MD

Secretary, IGNITE MED
Assistant Professor 
Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology 
Emory University School of Medicine & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Angela M Donaldson, MD

Treasurer, IGNITE MED
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Joint Appointment in Department of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery
Mayo Clinic, Florida

Ariela Marshall, MD

Chair, Curriculum
Dr. Marshall is a classical hematologist at the University of Minnesota, the Curriculum Chair of IGNITEMed, and the Chief Innovation Officer at Women In Medicine 510(c)(3). As Curriculum Chair, she oversees the creation of a dynamic and inclusive curriculum teaching medical students who identify as women the skills they need to become successful leaders in medicine. She is an internationally-known advocate for gender equity, physician fertility, women’s rights, and work-life integration.

Stephanie Faubion, MD, MBA, FACP, NCMP, IF

Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Penny and Bill George Director, Mayo Clinic Women’s Health, Division of General Internal Medicine
Medical Director, The North American Menopause Society

Anjali Bhagra, MD

Professor of Medicine
Medical Director of the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Mayo Clinic
Consultant and Vice Chair, Faculty Development, General Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Amelia Bueche, DO

Chair, Coaching IGNITE MED
Founder and Program Director, Coaching for Institutions

Anita P. Mayer MD, FACP

Executive Director, IGNITE MED
Associate Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Michele Y.  Halyard, MD

Member at Large IGNITE MED
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Suzanne Hanson Poole Vice Dean
Dean, Arizona Campus
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Member at Large IGNITE MED
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Women’s Health Internal Medicine
Member at Large IGNITE MED
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University

Juliana (Jewel) Kling, MD MPH NCMP FACP IF

Member at Large IGNITE MED
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Women’s Health Internal Medicine
Associate Chair of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Department of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Diane Levine, MD

Member at Large, IGNITE MED
Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Internal Medicine
Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Susan M.  Moeschler, MD

Member at Large IGNITE MED
Professor of Anesthesiology
Consultant, Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Mayo Clinic