AMA Recognizes Progress of Female Physicians During Women in Medicine Month
For immediate release:
Sept. 1, 2011
CHICAGO – This September, the American Medical Association (AMA) celebrates Women in Medicine Month by recognizing the contributions and successes of female physicians and continuing to support women in medicine through the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC).
Between 1980 and 2009, the number of female physicians increased 430 percent. The number of women in medicine is steadily increasing, and women comprise nearly a third of all U.S. physicians and half of all U.S. medical students. To help increase the number, voice and influence of women physicians, the AMA-WPC serves as a forum for advocacy on women’s health issues and identifies and addresses issues important to female physicians through all stages of their careers. Currently, one-third of the members of the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) are women - four new female physicians were elected to the AMA BOT this past June.
“Although women in medicine have made tremendous strides since Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female medical school graduate in 1849, there is still work to be done to advance the progress of women in the medical profession,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “At the AMA, the WPC is working to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles.”
“The AMA-WPC provides a forum for women in medicine through mentoring and leadership development,” said AMA-WPC Chair Claudia L. Reardon, M.D. “By promoting women’s health issues and empowering female physicians, our entire profession benefits.”
AMA Media Relations