Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
News for Women Physicians
Celebrate Women in Medicine Month with the AMA
The AMA and physicians around the country this month are celebrating women's accomplishments in the medical profession, shortly before the AMA's new Women Physicians Section (WPS) gets off the ground with its inaugural meeting Nov. 16 in National Harbor, Md.
"As we observe Women in Medicine Month this September, we have much to celebrate: greater numbers of women in the profession, self-giving mentors who encourage us along the way and advances in women's health," AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, writes in her latest blog post. "But much work remains."
Dr. Hoven cites some of the work that the section, formerly known as the Women's Physicians Congress, has accomplished to advance women's health. She also notes that getting involved in the AMA-WPS is an excellent way to promote such key issues for women physicians as work-life balance and gender inequality in physician salaries.
Virtual Mentor looks at motherhood and medicine
Intense public debates over reproductive technology and pregnancy would suggest that medicine's primary interest in motherhood centers on the limited time between conception and birth.
Contributors to the September issue of Virtual Mentor, the AMA's online ethics journal, widen that circle of interest to women's lifelong experiences as mothers, both biological and nonbiological. Motherhood-related concerns discussed include a woman medical student's planning for family and career, the exclusion of pregnant women from drug trials, inducing lactation for nongestating mothers and women—generally poor and often immigrant—who care for the children of others.
Learn more about Virtual Mentor, the AMA's online ethics journal.