Each September, the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women in medicine.
This year's theme, "Women in Medicine: Leaders in Medical Education and Practice," reaffirms the AMA's commitment to increasing the influence of women physicians and advocating for women's health issues.
Celebrating Pioneering Women
In 2013, 31.2% of all physicians were women and 45.4% of all residents/fellows were women. The number of female physicians in medicine has been steadily increasing, and while there is still work to be done, there are many pioneering women physicians (PDF) to acknowledge and many accomplishments to celebrate during Women in Medicine month.
Inspirational Physicians Recognition Program
The Inspirational Physicians Recognition Program provides an opportunity for physicians to nominate a professional colleague or teacher who has provided them with time, knowledge and support during their professional journey.
All nominees are issued a special certificate and recognized during Women in Medicine month.
Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women
The AMA Women Physicians Section in conjunction with the AMA Foundation established the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women.
Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded by the AMA to research programs focused on 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.
Recipients of the 2016 grants, Shobha W. Stack, MD, PhD, and Jennifer Best, MD, will focus their research on childbearing among physicians in training: A cross-sectional survey of trends and factors.
Applications for the 2017 grants are now being accepted.