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2017 GWIMS Leadership Award


About the Award

The Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to advancing women leaders in academic medicine and science. Since the first award in 1995, these prestigious awards have recognized over 30 individuals and organizations. The GWIMS awards may not always be given every year.

The GWIMS Steering Committee strongly encourages nominations of leaders and programs of significant impact. Any member of the academic medicine community may nominate individuals and/or organizations for the award. Nominees that were submitted but not awarded from previous years remain eligible (though previous nominees are not automatically reconsidered each year).

Nominees for the GWIMS Leadership Award should be individuals (women or men) or institutions (e.g. medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic societies, associations, departments, committees, or Women in Medicine and Science programs) that advance the role of women in academic medicine and science. The committee will consider the extent of the nominee’s impact at a local, regional, and national level.

The GWIMS Steering Committee will review all nomination materials. Candidates who have previously won the award are not eligible for re-nomination unless at least 10 years have elapsed since the original award and there are clear accomplishments since the prior award.

2018 GWIMS Leadership Award Honorees

Individual Award
ThompsonWe are pleased to announce that Ann E. Thompson, MD, vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) and professor of critical care medicine, is the 2018 recipient of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science Individual Award. She was chief of pediatric critical care from 1981 to 2009; president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, only the second woman to hold that position; chair of the Subboard of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics; member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics; member of the board of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies; and chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network (PALISI), a pediatric critical care clinical research network. She has received the American Academy of Pediatrics Distinguished Career Award, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Eugene S. Wiener, MD, Award for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Health Care, and the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s Woman of Distinction in Health Care Award.

In each of her roles, Dr. Thompson has promoted the role of women, attracting far more women into the critical care program than the national average of women in critical care programs, and supporting their advancement to academic leaders across the nation. As the previous associate dean for faculty affairs at UPSOM, she mentored countless women as they navigated stages of their professional careers. She is the UPSOM institutional representative to the AAMC GWIMS and chair of the University of Pittsburgh Women in Medicine and Science Forum Steering Committee. She has developed a series of lectures and workshops, with other faculty members, to help women hone their academic skills and balance the demands of family, other personal obligations, and work, and she has established a working group on Women in Critical Care at UPSOM. She has persistently advocated for better practices for recruiting and promoting outstanding women in the UPSOM and professional organizations, in the United States and internationally, steadily increasing awareness of women’s issues in each setting.

Organizational Award

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We are pleased to announce that the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) in the Wake Forest School of Medicine is the 2018 recipient of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science Organizational Award. OWIMS, now incorporated into the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), in the Wake Forest School of Medicine was created in 1992. In 1997, the office was awarded a Department of Health and Human Services contract as a National Center of Excellence for Women’s Health under the direction of Dr. Sally Shumaker. Directors have been Drs. Sally Shumaker (1997-2001), Claudine Legault (2002-2004), Mary Lou Voytko (2004-2015), and Carol Shively (2015-present). The office has maintained active and innovative programs in support of women in academic medicine for 26 years. The mission of OWIMS in the Wake Forest School of Medicine is to develop, promote, and support a nurturing environment for women; to facilitate and enhance recruitment, retention, professional development, and promotion of women faculty and learners; and to further the understanding of gender-focused medicine and women’s health. Their vision is an equitable workplace sensitive to the needs of women and families. The focus of the strategic plan is to develop a nurturing environment for women faculty and future faculty (those in training), increase gender-focused science and medicine, promote a family-friendly workplace, and support the career development of faculty women.