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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. AMA-WPS members are invited to tell about a professional colleague or teacher who has served a special role in their life and career. Nominations for the AMA-WPS Inspirational Physicians are being accepted until July 31, 2015.

Also, the winners of the 2015 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women will be announced during Women in Medicine Month. 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. Applications for the 2015 program are due July 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm Central Time.

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.

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.

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