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Women Physicians Section (WPS)

Excellence in Medicine Award applications due February 28, 2016, by 5 p.m. CST
The AMA Foundation, with support from Pfizer Inc., offers a premier awards program that recognizes physicians and medical students who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, leadership and dedication to underserved populations and presents inspirational physician stories to the medical community and public. Leadership Award applications are now available.

Women Physicians: Reports, News, and Data

Women Physicians: 6 Traits of Financially Prepared Women Physicians

Do you share the 6 distinct traits of women physicians who say they feel “on-track” or “ahead of schedule” for a secure retirement? View the 6 traits.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) features numerous articles on health and professional issues that impact women:

Women Physicians and the War

Decision Making and Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines in the United States;

Progress Toward Consensus on Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines and Reducing Screening Harms

Sex Differences in Academic Rank in US Medical Schools in 2014

Diversity in Graduate Medical Education in the United States by Race, Ethnicity, and Sex, 2012

Mediterranean Diet and Invasive Breast Cancer Risk Among Women at High Cardiovascular Risk in the PREDIMED Trial (A Randomized Clinical Trial)

Ensuring a Diverse Physician Workforce: Progress but More to Be Done

Association Between Social Integration and Suicide Among Women in the United States

Effects of a High vs Moderate Volume of Aerobic Exercise on Adiposity Outcomes in Postmenopausal Women (A Randomized Clinical Trial)

Campus Sexual Assault Perpetration: What Else We Need to Know

Other Articles/Reports of Interest:

2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Women’s Health Care

Women as Physician Leaders

“The Picture’s Bright for Women’s Leadership in Medicine, Survey Finds”

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 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:

2015 Interim Meeting

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) hosted its business meeting and reception, which featured presentations by Elizabeth H. Ellinas, MD, and Sneha Harshad Shah, MD, the 2014 recipients of the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women. 

Dr. Ellinas shared results from her study “Gender differences in promotion and retention: enhancing the position of female faculty in higher academic rank and leadership positions.” Dr. Shah discussed her study “Gender differences in empathy and burnout amongst emergency medicine residents.” The meeting concluded with a review of AMA House of Delegates Handbook items that focus on issues of concern to women physicians, medical students and patients. The AMA-WPS Governing Council reviewed its positions on these various items.

View the I-15 AMA-WPS Delegates Report.

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

AMA-WPS Resolution Committee sign-up (Annual): Monday, January 11–Monday, February 15

National Advocacy Conference (registration now open): Monday, February 22–Wednesday, February 24

Nominations for the AMA-WPS Governing Council are due by Tuesday, March 15

Resolution deadline for AMA-WPS Annual Business Meeting: Wednesday, March 30

AMA-WPS Annual Meeting registration opens: TBD

HOD Handbook Review Committee deadline (Annual): Saturday, April 30

AMA-WPS Annual Meeting registration closes: TBD

AMA-WPS Annual Business Meeting (Hyatt Regency Chicago): Saturday, June 11

AMA Annual Meeting (Hyatt Regency Chicago): Saturday, June 11–Wednesday, June 15

AMA-WPS Resolution Committee sign-up (Interim): Saturday, June 11–Friday, July 15

AMA-WPS Inspirational Physician nominations due: Sunday, July 31

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

Resolution deadline for AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting: Tuesday, August 30

AMA-WPS Interim Meeting registration opens: TBD

Women in Medicine Month: Thursday, September 1–Friday, September 30

HOD Handbook Review Committee deadline (Interim): Friday, September 30

AMA-WPS Interim Business Meeting (Orlando, FL): Saturday, November 12

AMA Interim Meeting (Orlando, FL): Saturday, November 12–Tuesday, November 15