AMA Wire

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

News for Women Physicians

Discussion on career advancement highlights AMA-WPC meeting

Discussion on career advancement highlights AMA-WPC meeting

The AMA Women Physicians Congress hosted its liaison meeting Nov. 10, updating attendees on AMA-WPC activities and discussing topics for future continuing medical education sessions. The meeting featured Jennifer Kwan, policy chair and vice president of external affairs of the American Physician Scientists Association, who gave a presentation highlighting factors influencing the career advancement of future physicians and physician-scientists. Kwan also explained how to use these findings to advocate for policies that will help reduce attrition of physicians in academic medicine.

The AMA-WPC also hosted its caucus and reception that day. During the session, AMA President-elect Ardis D. Hoven, MD, provided her unique perspective on women in organized medicine.

In addition, the AMA-WPC honored physician mentors through its annual physician recognition program. Learn more about the program and view a list of mentors recognized.

Nominations due Friday for Excellence in Medicine Awards

Nominate your colleagues who go beyond the call of duty to improve public health, provide care for people in need and serve as community leaders for this year's Excellence in Medicine Awards.

Presented by the AMA Foundation in association with Pfizer Inc., the annual awards acknowledge the everyday heroes who embody the highest values of the medical profession: altruism, public service and dedication to patient care.

Nominations are due Friday. There are four categories:

  • Pride in the Profession Award—for physicians aiding underserved patients in the U.S.
  • Dr. Nathan Davis International Award—for physicians aiding an international population
  • Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award—for senior physicians improving access to care in the U.S.
  • Leadership Awards—for medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians who demonstrate outstanding nonclinical leadership skills

The Excellence in Medicine Awards will be presented at a banquet on Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C. Award recipients will receive travel expenses to attend the ceremony, and $2,500 grants will be provided to the awarded physicians' organizations.