Women Physicians Congress (WPC)
AMA-WPC Governing Council Chair recaps recent AMA-WPC events
A message from AMA-WPC Governing Council Chair Claudia Reardon, MD highlights the group's recent activity during the 2012 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. In her message, Dr. Reardon discusses the WPC's mentor recognition program and an inspiring talk by AMA President-Elect, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD during the group’s caucus/reception. She also notes that during the WPC Liaison meeting, Jennifer Kwan, an MD/PhD candidate, presented the results of her research on the career development of women in medicine.
Dr. Reardon encourages AMA-WPC members to participate in the group's next caucus and reception to be held in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. The AMA-WPC caucus and reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in Columbus I and J of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The agenda for this event includes a networking reception, exciting research results and presentations from the 2012 Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship winners, an AMA-WPC update, and caucus on AMA-HOD items of business.
Confidential assistance with gender discrimination
Oftentimes, when a physician or medical student feels they may be experiencing disparate treatment, it is not obvious where to seek help. The first place you should consider turning to is your AMA. As an AMA member, you can discuss your concerns directly with an attorney in the AMA Office of General Counsel. While the AMA Office of General Counsel cannot provide legal advice, the attorney will equip you with suggestions to help you to address your concerns. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of this member benefit.
In addition, the AMA has comprehensive policy on addressing and preventing sexual harassment in medicine. This resource includes a listing of these policies and provides an overview of the law concerning harassment; critical elements of an effective sexual harassment policy and grievance procedure; accreditation policies addressing harassment in medical education and training; and guidelines for addressing harassment in medical practice.
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Award and Leadership Opportunities
In order to promote research and leadership experience among women physicians, the AMA-WPC is introducing a new resource that highlights various opportunities available to physicians, residents, and medical students. This valuable resource provides a concise overview of several of leadership development, scholarship, and recognition programs