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    Leadership - Women of Color Initiative

    The Women of Color and Intersectionality Initiative is a collaborative initiative to address the visibility, awareness, and advocacy of intersectionality and women of color in academic medicine, organized by the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) in partnership with 11 AAMC affinity groups (GDI, GBA, GFA, GIA, GIP, GIR, GRA, GSA, ORR, OSR, and CFAS) and the AAMC Academic Affairs and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion clusters. Read more about AAMC affinity groups below.

    Toi Harris, MD (Lead)
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Linda Barry, MD, MPH
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Erika T. Brown, PhD
    Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

    Valeria C. Cohran, MD
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Pamela Edwards
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Jamilah Hackworth, EdD
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Raquel Hernandez Givens, MEd
    University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

    Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH
    Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

    Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

    Ana E. Núñez, MD
    University of Minnesota Medical School

    Agatha Parks-Savage, EdD, RN
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Deborah Paul, MD
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

    VJ Periyakoil, MD
    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Versha Pleasant, MD, MPH
    University of Michigan Medical School

    Sandra Quezada, MD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Mithu Sen, MD
    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University

    Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH
    University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    AAMC Affinity Groups

    As one of its most important services to member institutions, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supports a variety of affinity groups for individuals in leadership positions at AAMC-member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. These groups provide vibrant communities for growth and learning for students, residents, faculty, and staff challenged with leading academic medicine.

    The Group on Business Affairs (GBA) advances administrative and fiscal management in academic medical institutions to support medical education, research, and health care.

    The Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) serves as a national forum to support efforts within academic medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and biomedical sciences. The GDI works to promote diversity and inclusion in faculty, graduate medical education, professional development, and institutional culture.

    The Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) builds and sustains faculty vitality in member medical schools and teaching hospitals. The GFA does this through professional development activities and by supporting faculty affairs deans and administrators in the development and implementation of institutional policies.

    The Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) fosters the professional growth of advancement professionals working in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs. The GIA is the only national institutional advancement group devoted exclusively to issues affecting academic medicine and places a special emphasis on promoting collaboration among advancement disciplines.

    The Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) advances the discipline of planning in academic medicine by enhancing the skills and knowledge of professional planners; promotes the value of planning; and connects people, resources, and ideas.

    The Group on Information Resources (GIR) provides a forum for information professionals to promote excellence in the application and integration of information resources in academic medicine.

    The Group on Resident Affairs (GRA) fosters excellence in graduate medical education (GME) through the development and support of GME leaders in medical schools and teaching hospitals.

    The Group on Student Affairs (GSA) represents the interests of medical schools and medical students in the areas of admissions, diversity affairs, financial aid, student affairs, and student records.

    The Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) provides a venue for resident physicians to have input into the development of AAMC policy, and as a leadership opportunity for residents interested in academic medicine, serving as a vehicle for professional development activities for members.

    The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) represents medical students nationwide and provides an active role in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health.

    The Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) identifies critical issues facing medical school faculty and academic societies and serves as a voice for both constituencies within the AAMC’s leadership and governance structure.