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Women in Medicine Month: Women as Physicians

Week One:

Women as Physicians

The AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) is proud to celebrate Women in Medicine Month! Each week in the month of September we will feature spotlights and leadership lessons from women in educator, scientist, leadership, and physician roles.

Women as Physicians Spotlight

Mona M. Abaza

“We physicians must avoid the ‘Facebook effect,’ in which people share unrealistic images that can make others feel inadequate. Yes, we develop a degree of professional detachment when we need to share bad news with a patient, for example. But we should also be willing to share more of our true selves.”

Mona M. Abaza, MD, MS
Professor of Otolaryngology
Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Diversity
University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Cherisse Berry

“Furthering diversity in racial and gender representation in the C-Suite of academic medicine will shift the lens from which we view leadership into one that is more inclusive and reflective of the population being treated which will ultimately change the dynamic make-up of those in the pipeline, representing the next generation.”

Cherisse Berry, MD, FACS
Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery
Associate Trauma Medical Director
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery
NYU School of Medicine, NYU Langone Health

Tammy Chang

“As I look back on my successes and failures, I am inspired by the women who have taught me, mentored me, coached me, and supported me so I could be my best.  These women have made all the difference in my life and career, and it is my honor to carry that forward to future generations of women in medicine.”

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, National Clinician Scholars Program
University of Michigan

Olga G. de Lopez

“Do not let others define your success. It is not simply aiming for the top (whatever that means). It is about perseverance and steadfastly moving Life forward, even, against all odds (“contra viento y marea”).”

Olga G. de Lopez, MD
Staff Pathologist

Melvina McCabe

“The power and impact of women in medicine cannot be overestimated! Our women of color in particular, serve a critical role in medicine. The younger generation of future health care providers, both women and men, only need to look at the path that has been carved by all of our women in medicine to understand this. In addition to intellectual equality that women of medicine possess, the path that women have taken and carved is lined with persistence, love, resilience, wisdom, empathy, strength and polyphony.”

Melvina McCabe, MD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Family Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Ann K Rosenthal

“I echo the sentiments of many women that until we have significant representation in the leadership realm at academic medical centers, little will change.  We have a great deal to offer as women leaders, but as a society, we still have hurdles to overcome around gender-based differences in our leadership styles, as well as deeply ingrained prejudices about female strength, image and power.”

Ann K Rosenthal, MD, FACP
Will and Cava Ross Professor of Medicine and Chief of Rheumatology
Associate Chief of Staff/Research, Zablocki VA Medical Center
Associate Dean for Research 
Medical College of Wisconsin

Events and Resources

Webinar Recording Now Available! Understanding Intersectionality: Bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of color

The AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and GWIMS hosted an informative and powerful webinar on defining intersectionality with over 800 participants joining on Aug. 7. During this first part of a longer webinar series on various aspects of women of color, speakers from both inside and outside academic medicine introduced foundational elements of intersectionality theory, shared experiences, and created dialogue on how institutions can maintain an intersectional lens as they continue their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys.

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GWIM Resources

The GWIMS Toolkit is a series of presentations designed to provide practical guidance on a variety of topics relevant to women faculty in academic medicine. Each presentation provides an overview of the topic, relevant best practices, tips on implementation, and useful references for more information.

GWIMS Toolkits are useful resources that will help advance women in leadership roles.

GWIMS Toolkit