November 2022

From WPS Chair Aleesha Shaik, MD, MPH

WPS 2022 Hawaii team photo

Aloha! It was wonderful to see so many of you in (mostly) sunny Honolulu for a productive interim meeting. Every time I attend an AMA meeting, I leave feeling inspired by the ferocious advocacy and the unrelenting determination to creating meaningful change.

For those of you that weren’t able to join us, please review the highlights from the WPS meeting.

The WPS authored a resolution advocating against restrictions placed on medications, like methotrexate, based on their perceived impact on pregnancy following the Dobbs decision. As our president, Jack Resneck Jr., MD, so eloquently stated in his speech at the opening of the House of Delegates, “We didn’t pick this political fight, but we will stand up for our patients, for the policies of this House, and for our profession.”

At our Associates meeting, we hosted a panel on Pathways to Leadership with four giants in organized medicine who have never shied away from a challenge: Elisa Choi, MD, Louito Edje, MD, Patrice Harris, MD, and Madelyn Butler, MD. They shared powerful stories about their personal journeys, how they overcame the naysayers, and how they continue to empower others. They provided specific and practical guidance on how we can succeed in our own leadership paths. We are so privileged to be able to benefit from their wisdom and that of all our incredible members.

We plan to continue these important conversations through our virtual leadership series over the coming months. Please also look out for information on additional opportunities for involvement in the section. It is critical that we remain energized and use the momentum from this meeting to continue to fight for our patients and colleagues.

On behalf of your governing council, sending you and your ohana wishes for a wonderful and rejuvenating holiday season and new year!

Have information about WPS members doing great work? Email us at [email protected].

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