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Women Physicians Section (WPS)

2014 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

Saturday, November 8, 2014
The AMA-WPS will host an education session, "Communication as a Conflict Management Tool," featuring Andrea Jones, Executive Managing Director of eWomen Network Dallas/Fort Worth. This session, approved for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, will take place from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. in Governors Lecture Hall.

The WPS Business Meeting and Reception will be held from 5:30–7:00 p.m. the Wedgewood Room. The business meeting agenda will include: 1) a presentation by one of 2013 winners of the Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women, Juliet Lee MD; and 2) a review of the AMA-HOD Handbook and AMA-WPS items of business.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Our AMA-WPS liaisons lunch will take place from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the Madrid Room.

The following grids contain items of business for the 2014 Interim Meeting of the AMA House Delegates. The official AMA-WPS positions are included in these grids.

Please check our meetings and events page for more updates.

2014 Winners of the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women Announced!

The AMA Women Physicians Section and the AMA Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women research grants: 

"Gender differences in promotion and retention: enhancing the position of female faculty in higher academic rank and leadership positions"

Elizabeth H. Ellinas, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs; and Chief OB Anesthesia and OB Anesthesia Fellowship Director, Medical College of Wisconsin

"Gender differences in empathy and burnout amongst emergency medicine residents"

Sneha Harshad Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Program Director of Emergency Medicine Residency Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Learn more about the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women.

2014 Women in Medicine Month Recap

Each September, as part of Women in Medicine Month, the AMA honors influential women physician leaders. This year's theme, "Women in medicine: Innovators and leaders changing health care," reaffirmed 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) also honored physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women in medicine. Learn more about this year's honorees for the Inspirational Physician Award. Our 2014 winners of the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of WomenElizabeth H. Ellinas, MD and Sneha Harshad Shah, MD – were announced.

On our Women in Medicine page, a number of resources were offered that gave an overview of the history of women physicians and insights from our AMA-WPS leaders and members.

Look for the #WIMmonth hashtag on the Facebook and Twitter feeds, where the conversation will continue on the accomplishments of women in medicine.

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.

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. All women AMA members are automatically members of the WPS. Additionally, male AMA members are very welcome to "opt-in" to become WPS members.

There are different ways to become involved:

Deadlines & Events

AMA-WPS Interim Meeting Registration Opens: Monday, August 25

Resolution Deadline for AMA-WPS Interim Assembly Meeting: Monday, August 25

Women in Medicine Month:
September 1 – September 30

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

AMA-WPS Interim Meeting Registration Closes: Saturday, November 1 (3:00 a.m. EST)

AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting:
Saturday, November 8

AMA Interim Meeting (Hilton Anatole – Dallas):
Saturday, November 8 – Tuesday, November 11