Women Physicians Section (WPS)
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.
Women Physicians: Reports, News, and Data
Women Physicians: 6 Traits of Financially Prepared Women Physicians
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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) features numerous articles on health and professional issues that impact women:
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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: