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Women Physicians Section (WPS)

March is Women's History Month

March 1st marks the beginning of Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. The theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and social assumptions about who women are and what they can accomplish.

To commemorate Women’s History Month, the AMA-WPS invites you to view “A Profile and History of Women in Medicine.”

2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates will take place June 6-10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Please note the following key dates for the upcoming AMA-WPS Annual Business Meeting:

  • Registration for the AMA-WPS Annual Business meeting opens Monday, March 23
  • Resolutions for the AMA-WPS Annual Business meeting are due Monday, March 30
  • Sign-up for AMA-WPS HOD Handbook Review Committee Volunteers is open through Thursday, April 30

If you would like to learn more about the AMA-WPS policymaking process and how to write resolutions, please view “AMA-WPS Policy Process Overview.”

A Message from the AMA-WPS Chair

Dear WPS members,

It is with great honor that I serve as your Chair for 2014-2015.  My vision for this term is to increase the visibility and impact of the Women's Physician Section within the state and specialty societies and within the AMA. 

It is through this increased visibility that together, we can achieve our goals of (1.) increasing advocacy on women's health and women in medicine policy issues, and (2.) increasing the number of women physicians in leadership positions. 

Female physicians represent nearly 30% of all physicians in the country; we bring a unique leadership style to medicine.  We need more women to serve as liaisons within their state and specialty societies.  The liaisons will work with the WPS Governing Council (GC) to identify emerging issues, share solutions and build consensus on women in medicine issues.

On behalf of the WPS GC, please allow us to better serve you and your patients by taking a stance and working with us to make a difference.  Together, we can make a difference for female physicians and for our patients.

Humbly,
Dr. Josephine Nguyen

About the WPS

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) seeks to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women's health issues.

There are different ways to become involved:

Join the AMA-WPS Today!

(Membership in the WPS includes all female physicians and medical students who are active members of the AMA. Other active members of the AMA who express an interest in women's issues and wish to join the WPS can "opt-in" here.)

Deadlines & Events

Resolution Deadline for AMA-WPS Annual Business Meeting: Monday, March 30

AMA-WPS Annual Meeting Registration Opens: Monday, March 23

HOD Handbook Review Committee Deadline (Annual): Thursday, April 30

AMA-WPS Annual Meeting Registration Closes: Tuesday, May 26 (11:59 p.m.)

AMA-WPS Annual Business Meeting (Hyatt Regency Chicago): Saturday, June 6

AMA Annual Meeting (Hyatt Regency Chicago): Saturday, June 6 – Wednesday, June 10

AMA-WPS Resolution Committee Sign-up (Interim): Saturday, June 6 - Wednesday, July 15

AMA-WPS Inspirational Physician Nominations due: Friday, July 31

Applications for the Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women due: Friday, July 31

Resolution Deadline for AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting: Sunday, August 30

AMA-WPS Interim Meeting Registration Opens: TBD

Women in Medicine Month: Tuesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 30

HOD Handbook Review Committee Deadline (Interim): Wednesday, September 30

AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting (Atlanta, GA): Saturday, November 14

AMA Interim Meeting (Atlanta, GA): Saturday, November 14 – Tuesday, November 17