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GWIMS Task Forces

What are the GWIMS Task Forces?

There are three GWIMS Task Forces comprised of GWIMS members tasked with creating resources and initiatives for women in medicine and science, each addressing one key issue area identified by the GWIMS Steering Committee. Each of the task forces will be focused on the execution of specific projects and will have strategically outlined goals, deadlines, and member responsibilities. We invite all GWIMS members to volunteer for a task force addressing issues of interest to you.

What GWIMS Task Force can I volunteer for?

1. Best Practices in the Search/Promotion Process Toolkit
This task force will focus on developing best practices to promote gender equity in academic medicine.  Priority projects will include a focus on salary and leadership/promotions.  For salary equity, we anticipate supporting development of a website devoted to considerations of salary equity (with useful links to relevant studies, information on how to use the AAMC Faculty Salary Surveys, and the existing negotiation toolkit), along with work to develop guidance to help institutions begin to address salary equity at the institutional level. For equity in leadership/promotions, we will work to develop guidance for institutions to implement in the search and promotions processes to mitigate unconscious bias.

2. Transitions: Caretaking in Academic Medicine
The goal of this task force is to address the issue of caretaking and academia. The initial product of this task force would address issues of parenting and academia and may include understanding parental leave policies such as eligibility for parental leave, length of time, and payment during leave.

3. Transitions: First Job Toolkit
This task force will address the transition from graduate students or postdoctoral fellows to careers in academic research,teaching, industry, and government/policy. We also want to explore the potential transitions from residency or fellowship training to potential careers in academic medicine (both clinician educator and clinician researcher paths), medical practice, health administration, industry, and health consulting.  The product(s) of this task force would help focus on choices and opportunities that individuals need to consider when positioning themselves for different career paths and what they need to consider as they apply for and negotiate for these positions. 

What is the timeline for the Task Forces?

The GWIMS task forces are designed to be short term, highly efficient, goal-oriented working groups that connect GWIMS members who share a common interest around task force topics. The GWIMS Steering Committee is looking for members interested in fast-paced, professional development opportunities that will sunset when projects and resources are finalized for distribution to the entire GWIMS community.

Important Dates

The deadline to sign up for GWIMS task forces is now closed.


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GWIMS Task Forces create national resources surrounding barriers confronting women in medicine and science.

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GWIMS Toolkits

Find GWIMS toolkits covering a variety of topics relevant to women in medicine and science here.