Women Physician Section (WPS)
Register for the Inaugural WPS Women in Medicine Symposium, Sept. 22
Attend the AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting, Nov. 12
Message from the AMA-WPS Chair
Dear WPS members,
I am very pleased to serve as the chair for your Women Physicians Section Governing Council (GC). The WPS A-16 business meeting featured a truly inspirational clip of a full- length production: "Changing the Face of Medicine" which will be aired in September. We were lucky to be addressed by Dionne Hart, MD, the Minority Affairs Section Delegate and we were joined by our very own GC Member-at-Large, Alice Coombs, MD, both of whom are featured in the film.
A-16 also featured our exciting WPS Associates (formerly known as WPS Liaisons) luncheon, with several state and specialty society delegates in attendance. Participation was excellent and our moderator, Josephine Nguyen, MD (WPS immediate past chair and current delegate) helped stimulate discussion on issues of concern to women physicians and our patients. The success of this luncheon makes it clear that Dr. Nguyen's vision of increasing the visibility and impact of the WPS within the state and specialty societies, and the AMA, is gaining traction.
We will continue to advocate for our previously stated 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. A committee will be struck for resolutions-open to all interested members, associates and GC members.
Our WPS Vice-Chair, Neelum Aggarwal, MD serves as a representative to WPS from the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). We value greatly our collaboration with AMWA and are looking forward to working on issues such as: Alzheimer's disease in women; re-entry into the work force; diversity; and women and heart disease.
In addition, here are a few of our upcoming programs:
Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women
The American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) in conjunction with the AMA Foundation has established the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women 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. Applications for the 2016 program are available now and are due at 5 p.m. CST on July 31.
Inspirational Physician Recognition Program
Acknowledge the people who have made a difference in your professional life by nominating them to be a part of the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) Inspirational Physician Recognition Program. All nominees will be issued a special certificate and recognized throughout September during Women in Medicine Month. Nominations forms are due July 31.
AMA-WPS Women in Medicine Symposium
Register to attend the first-ever American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) Women in Medicine Symposium. Held in conjunction with the AMA's Women in Medicine Month, this symposium will help attendees tackle priority issues that women physicians face in medicine today. This event will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in Chicago at the AMA Plaza located at 330 N. Wabash Ave.
Please feel free to contact me or any of our GC members—we look forward to working together to improve the conditions for women physicians and our patients.
Lynda G. Kabbash, MD
Program and Event Deadlines
- AMA-WPS Policy Committee sign-up (Interim): Saturday, June 11–Wednesday, Aug. 10
- Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women: Applications due Sunday, July 31
- Inspirational Physician Recognition Program: Nominations due Sunday, July 31
- Resolution deadline (AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting): Tuesday, Aug. 30
- Women in Medicine Month: Thursday, Sept. 1–Friday, Sept. 30
- HOD Handbook Review Committee sign up (Interim): Friday, Sept. 30
Meeting and Events
AMA-WPS members can attend various meetings and events throughout the year that offer leadership, advocacy, networking and educational opportunities.
Go to Meetings and Events
Reports and Articles
Access reports and articles on health and professional issues that impact women and women physicians.
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Join the AMA-WPS
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."