Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
News for Women Physicians
Federal funding available for women's health projects
If you're heading up a project that empowers women and girls to improve their health—and the health of their community—you could receive federal funding to support your efforts.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health is offering up to $2,500 in support of women's health projects in advance of next year's National Women's Health Week, which will be observed May 12–18. The funding opportunity is part of the Office on Women's Health's effort to fund evidence-based interventions to address gaps in women's health that are not addressed at the national level by any other public or private entity.
Applications are due Oct. 25. Learn more.
AMA-WPC to mark 15th anniversary during caucus, reception
The AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) will celebrate its 15th anniversary during a Nov. 10 caucus and reception in Honolulu in conjunction with this year's Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Guests will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, honor physician mentors and learn how to get more involved with the AMA-WPC.
The AMA-WPC also will host its liaison meeting that day in Honolulu. All AMA-WPC liaisons are invited to attend.
Interview initiative captures minority physicians' inspiration
Did you know that only about 9 percent of all U.S. physicians are African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native? Meanwhile, almost 30 percent of the patient population are from these racial and ethnic groups.
Trends such as this demonstrate the need to increase the amount of underrepresented minorities in the field of medicine. The AMA has attempted to analyze these trends through its Physician Interview Project, an effort to learn from minority physicians what helped guide them in their career paths. The initiative aims to ascertain specific determinants that have proven successful in helping minority students pursue medicine as a career.
View an edited video of interviews with several minority physicians and see how these doctors are making a difference. You also can view the entire interview of each participating physician on the Physician Interview Project Web page.