Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
This Week's News
This Week's News
Celebrate women in the profession during Women in Medicine Month
The AMA and physicians around the country this month are celebrating women's accomplishments in the medical profession, just a few weeks before the AMA's new Women Physicians Section (WPS) gets off the ground with its inaugural meeting Nov. 16 in National Harbor, Md.
Each September, the AMA commemorates Women in Medicine Month. This year's theme, "Empowering leaders to improve the health of women," reaffirms the AMA's commitment to increasing the influence of women physicians and advocating for women's health issues.
During Women in Medicine Month, the AMA-WPS also honors physician mentors who have offered their time, wisdom and support to younger generations of women in the profession. Learn more about the mentors being recognized this year.
The AMA Annual Meeting held in June marked a significant milestone for women physicians of the AMA. At this meeting, the AMA House of Delegates voted to convert the AMA Women Physicians Congress to the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS). The new status brings several key enhancements to the group's effectiveness, including direct representation in the AMA House of Delegates and more opportunities to engage women members of the AMA.
The AMA-WPS provides resources for women in medicine, from educational events to mentor recognition to opportunities for leadership networking. The section also supports such key issues for women physicians as:
- Work-life balance
- Re-entry into practice
- Gender inequality in physician salaries
A message from the AMA-WPS Governing Council Chair Shannon Pryor, MD, highlights the group's recent activity during the 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. Pryor also encourages women physicians to participate in the section's first official business meeting to be held in conjunction with the 2013 AMA Interim Meeting. All women who are members of the AMA automatically are members of the AMA-WPS. Additionally, male AMA members are welcome to "opt-in" to join the AMA-WPS.
The section meeting and reception is scheduled for 5:30–7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The agenda for this event includes an education session on "Women utilizing their political capital to improve health," which former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, MD, is scheduled to present. The meeting also will feature the results of the AMA-WPS Mentor Recognition Program and a review of items of business for the AMA House of Delegates.
In honor of Women in Medicine Month, post an AMA flier commemorating the month at your institution and learn more about the milestones of women in American medicine over the past 160 years. Email the AMA-WPS for more information, and join the AMA today to get involved.