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About the Women Physicians Section (WPS)

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The purpose of the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) is to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles.

There are more than 74,000 female members of the AMA.

As an advocate for women’s health, the WPS identifies issues and communicates through a network of women leaders identified by their state or specialty societies to serve in the role of WPS Associate.

Interim Meeting

The WPS Interim Business Meeting was held Nov. 12-13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Women physicians took part in a joint educational session on gun violence, attended a networking reception, and heard presentations by Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, and Lucy Spalluto, MD, the 2015 winners of the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women.

Obtain more information on the WPS Interim Meeting resources page.

Women in Medicine Month

This year’s Women in Medicine Month was held during the month of September. Here are a few updates from this year's activities:

  • The 2016 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women recipients, Shobha W. Stack, MD, and Jennifer Best, MD, are investigating present-day parental leave across medical specialties in graduate medical education. Learn more about this year's recipients and their research project.
  • At the inaugural AMA Women in Medicine Symposium, Vineet Arora, MD, gave a talk about how the lack of women in leadership positions, the gender pay gap, traditional gender stereotypes and lack of self-confidence all play a role in gender inequality in medicine. She also discussed how women could be more empowered in the medical field. View highlights from  Dr. Arora’s informative presentation.
  • Physician Family, an external publication of the AMA Alliance, ran a special feature highlighting women physicians in training.

Visit the WPS Women in Medicine Month page for more information on key activities and resources.

Become a Member

The WPS represents more than 74,000 women physicians and medical students. All women AMA members are automatically members of the WPS. Additionally, male AMA members are welcome to “opt-in” to become WPS members.

For any member that wishes to “opt-out” of membership in the WPS, please contact us.

Goals of the WPS

Members of the WPS strive to accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide a forum for networking, mentoring, advocacy and leadership development for women physicians and medical students.
  • Contribute to AMA efforts to increase the membership, participation and leadership of women in the AMA.
  • Monitor trends, while identifying and addressing emerging professional issues affecting women in medicine.
  • Expand AMA advocacy on women’s health and women in medicine policy issues.
  • Enhance AMA cooperation and collaboration with organizations with mutual concerns, including the American Medical Women’s Association and other women physicians groups.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the WPS should be sent to wps@ama-assn.org.

AMA Staff

Harley Grant, Director
(312) 464-4750
harley.grant@ama-assn.org

Wilda Knox, Policy Analyst
(312) 464-5529
wilda.knox@ama-assn.org

Cynthia Norwood, Program Administrator
(312) 464-4743
cynthia.norwood@ama-assn.org

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