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Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women

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2018 Call for Applications

The Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women provides scholarships of up to $10,000 to support research advancing the study of women in the medical profession and strengthening the AMA's ability to identify and address the issues affecting women physicians and medical students.

The first award was granted in 2006. The scholarship was established by the Women in Physicians Section (WPS) in conjunction with the AMA Foundation. To date, 23 research awards have been granted.

Applications for the 2018 program are due July 31, 2018, at 5 p.m. Central.

For additional information regarding the grant, please contact the Women Physicians Section.

2017 Giambalvo Fund Recipients

Project 1: Issues Faced by Senior Women Physicians

Award Winners: Kimberly Templeton, MD, principal investigator, professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kansas Health System and immediate past-president of the American Medical Women’s Association and Anne Walling, MD, professor emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

Project Summary: Increasing numbers of women graduating from medical school over the past 3 decades have resulted in an oncoming wave of senior women physicians facing personal health issues or those of their spouses or family members. The literature dealing with expectations of physicians outside of work or issues of bias focus on younger women physicians, while discussions of finances are targeted at men. This focus group  and survey study will provide initial data regarding issues faced by senior women physicians and their impact.

Kimberly Templeton, MD

Kimberly Templeton, MD

When we started this study, one senior physician participant in an initial focus group noted that, ‘this was the first time in her life that (she) had felt vulnerable.
Kimberly Templeton, MD
We hope to develop new literature – literature that does not exist today – that prepares senior women physicians for the latter phases of medical practice followed by retirement.
Anne Walling, MD

Project 2: Does Stereotyping of a Physician by Gender and Race Affect Patient Satisfaction? Evidence From a Patient Analog Experiment

Award Winner: Basmah Safdar, MD, associate professor and director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale University 

Project Summary: Although the number of women entering medicine has reached parity with men, women physicians continue to face prejudice at workplace, a potential barrier to career advancement, fulfillment and leadership opportunities. Similarly, racial minorities are underrepresented in medicine and face prejudice in their work environments. To date, there have been no experimental studies that isolate the direct effect that physician gender or race has on patient evaluations.

Basmah Safdar MD

Basmah Safdar, MD

Workplace prejudice is an important cause of physician burnout and attrition among women physicians and other underrepresented physician groups. By collecting systematic data, we hope to take this conversation beyond anecdotes
Basmah Safdar, MD

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About Joan F. Giambalvo, MD

Joan Fara Giambalvo received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and, in 1956, her medical degree from Temple University Medical School. Dr. Giambalvo was an intern at Temple University Hospital and certified in her residency by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Giambalvo passed away on May 14, 1971, at age 39, of liposarcoma.

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