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Women Physicians Section (WPS)

September is Women in Medicine Month

Each September, as part of Women in Medicine Month, the AMA honors influential women physician leaders. This year's theme, "Women in medicine: Promoting Healthy Living for Physicians and Patients," reaffirms our commitment to increasing the influence of women physicians and advocating for women's health issues.

During September the AMA Women's Physician Section (WPS) honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women in medicine.  Through the Inspirational Physicians Program, AMA-WPS members were invited to tell about a professional colleague or teacher who has served a special role in their life and career.

Also, the winners of the 2015 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women will be announced on September 16. The Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women was established by the American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) in conjunction with the AMA Foundation has established the with the goal of promoting women in the medical profession and strengthening the ability of the AMA to identify and address the needs of women physicians and medical students.

Women Physicians: Reports, News, and Data

Check out the AMA Insurance’s 2015 Report on U.S. Physicians’ Financial Preparedness: Women Physicians Segment©. The report notes that 53% of women physicians are ‘ahead’ or ‘on-track’ for top goal - retirement savings.

Also, see the July 23 edition of JAMA to learn about decision making and genetic testing for breast cancer.

A Message from the AMA-WPS Chair

Dear WPS members,

It is truly a great honor that I continue to serve as the WPS Chair for 2015-2016. Last year (2014-2015) was a year of many accomplishments for our Section. We saw a 10% increase in number of WPS members, a 50% increase in the number of WPS liaisons, three resolutions were authored by our section, and finally our “September Women in Medicine Month” saw the greatest internet popularity the AMA site had seen in a year, with over 255,000 hits.

My vision for next term is to not only increase our outreach efforts, but deepen our relationships with the state and specialty societies in the AMA. Indeed, we want to increase the visibility and impact of the Women's Physician Section within the AMA so that 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. Let us hear your voice! We invite you to join our efforts by getting involved as a WPS liaison or volunteer to be a part of the WPS policy making process, including HOD reference committee review and resolution writing. We need your help in identifying emerging issues, developing solutions and building 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, let us make a difference for female physicians and for our patients.

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 Regenc 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: Monday, August 24

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