Celebrating Women in Medicine Month!
Ever since Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, became the first woman to graduate from medical school -- dating back to 1849 -- women have played an integral role in medicine. The AMA has been celebrating women in medicine every September for more than 30 years. The month is dedicated to recognizing the growing number of women physicians in the profession and their communities.
In 1979, the AMA established a formal Women in Medicine Committee to serve as an advisory body on issues affecting women physicians, medical students and patients. Over time, that group transformed into the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC), which represents over 64,000 female AMA members and their male colleagues who have chosen to opt-in to the Congress.
As part of September's Women in Medicine Month celebration, the WPC honors those physicians selected to receive recognition for their mentoring efforts through the WPC's Mentor Recognition Program. This program acknowledges those physicians who contribute in small, often unsung, ways to the success of women physicians.For more information, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/wpc.