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Women Physicians Section (WPS)

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.

This September celebrate 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: Innovators and leaders changing health care," 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) also honors 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.

In our new feature, Governing Council Inspirations, members of the AMA-WPS Governing Council share details about who inspired them to pursue medicine and offer insights that will inspire others.

2014 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

Register now for this year's AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) Interim Business Meeting, which will take place November 8 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Registration closes at 3:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, November 1.

The AMA-WPS Handbook Review Committee will convene prior to the WPS Business meeting to review items of business that are referred to each HOD reference committee. In advance of the WPS Business meeting, committee members will work with the AMA-WPS delegate and alternate delegate to: 1) review a portion of the AMA-HOD handbook for items of business that are relevant to the AMA-WPS and 2) propose an initial course of action for relevant items (active support, support, oppose, active oppose, monitor). Interested individuals should contact the AMA-WPS by September 30.

Please check our meetings and events page for more updates.

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