WPS members and news highlights


February 2024

Nicole Plenty, MD, MPH, MS

From WPS Delegate Nicole Plenty, MD, MPH, MS

Members of the WPS have a unique opportunity to shape AMA policy and action on issues that affect women physicians and patients. As the WPS delegate, I invite you to get involved. Tell us about professional issues of concern, share your thoughts on resolution ideas or volunteer your time to support policymaking.

As we begin preparation for our policy work leading up to and during the 2024 Annual meeting, I would like to share information on WPS policy activities:

Write a resolution by March 15 for the Annual Meeting: WPS members may author resolutions for consideration at the Annual Meeting of the WPS Assembly. Submit resolutions (DOCX) and direct questions to WPS at [email protected]. If you have an idea for a resolution but need help creating the resolution, you can also share your idea (DOCX) with the WPS.

Comment on policy proposals starting April 5: WPS members will have an opportunity to comment on policy proposals in advance of each WPS Assembly meeting via the online member forum. An email with instructions for accessing the forum will be shared in early April.

Volunteer for the WPS HOD Handbook Review Committee by May 14: The WPS HOD Handbook Review Committee reviews resolutions and reports under consideration by the HOD. This committee identifies issues relevant to women in medicine or of timely significance to the profession and makes recommendations for WPS action.  

Following each meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD), highlights from WPS policy activity are available on the WPS policymaking page.

New to the policymaking process? Access our education module, How AMA Policy is Made, to learn how WPS members influence the AMA’s policymaking efforts. Reach out to me or WPS Alternate Delegate Anna Brown, MD, for help as well.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America today, resulting in one in three deaths among women each year. A WPS resolution adopted at the 2016 Annual Meeting urges research into the risk factors affecting women's heart health and increased education on disease prevention.This month, remind your patients of Life's Essential Eight to improve their cardiovascular health: eat better, be more active, quit tobacco, get healthy sleep, manage weight, control cholesterol, manage blood sugar and manage blood pressure. Hypertension in particular kills more women than men, with a disproportionate burden in Black women. Simple steps that women can take to control their blood pressure can be found in AMA's What Doctors Wish Patients Knew Series

In January, we discussed "How Women Rise," by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith, which provides valuable leadership lessons and thought-provoking commentary on the expectations for women leaders.

This month we will talk about one of the most viewed TED Talks ever, Sheryl Sanberg on "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders," and her follow-up interview a few years later.

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