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Research Scholarship Awarded

The needs of women in medicine require better understanding

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded the 2010 Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship to Rachel Levine, MD, and Hilit Mechaber, MD, two physicians studying the mentoring needs of female medical students.

The AMA Foundation, in association with the AMA Women Physicians Congress, established the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship Fund to advance the progress of women in medicine and to strengthen the ability of the AMA to identify and address the needs of women physicians and medical students.

Dr. Levine, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. Mechaber, assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, hope to find new techniques to assist educators in developing effective mentoring programs to help with the personal and professional development of female medical students.

Patricia Turner

Patricia L. Turner, MD, 2007 Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship recipient

“There is often not funding to address the issues that are of interest and importance to women in medicine and the [AMA Women Physicians Congress],” commented former grant recipient Patricia L. Turner, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The Giambalvo research scholarship may provide seed money for a pilot project or may initiate a number of research projects.”

The Giambalvo scholarship encourages women physicians to eliminate disparities and increase professional advancement opportunities and overall satisfaction. Dr. Turner used her grant to fund research on the nontraditional issue of childbearing among surgical residents, which she had been interested in for some time but had not been able to pursue.

Although nearly one third of U.S. physicians and one half of all U.S medical students are women, female physicians in the United States continue to face gender bias and discrimination.  Women physicians earn two thirds as much as men physicians earn, the greatest U.S. professional salary disparity by sex.

Gifts to support women in medicine may be made online.