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Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

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The Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.

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Guide to the Group on Women in Medicine and Science

Advocates for women’s advancement and leadership may become members of GWIMS and those members may be either from the faculty or administration at AAMC member medical schools and teaching hospitals. Their portfolio, formal or informal, may include: gender equity, career advancement, women’s recognition, including awards, and women’s recruitment and retention throughout the continuum of academic medicine.

GWIMS members are appointed or can request to join the group.

Faculty members, or administrators with a sustained interest in the GWIMS agenda, and who want to be involved in a concrete way are welcome to join GWIMS. This is an open membership, so either the deans and CEOs of member organizations can put forth names of additional members, or individuals can self-nominate. To become a member of GWIMS, please complete this form.

Find out more about GWIMS Membership

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.

Nomination and Selection Process

The GWIMS Steering Committee strongly encourages nominations of established and emerging leaders and programs. Any member of the academic medicine community may nominate one individual and/or organization for the award. Nominees that were submitted but not accepted from previous years remain eligible (previous nominees are not automatically reconsidered each year).

The GWIMS Steering committee will review all nominee submissions for evidence of extraordinary, innovative and far-reaching contributions that:

  • Promote women's leadership through the individual's accomplishments;
  • Encourage and advocate for the development of academic women leaders;
  • Improve the educational and professional environment for sustaining women in academic medicine;
  • Enhance the development of women faculty into positions of greater leadership; and/or
  • Inspire women to be leaders through their own careers in academic medicine.
  • Please note that awards will be given only when nominees meet the criteria.

Individual and Organizational Nomination Process

2020 Leadership Winners

2020 AAMC GWIMS Leadership Awards Celebration and Business Meeting

Learn more about how to prepare a successful nomination (PDF)

If you have previously nominated an individual or organization who has not been selected, your nomination will remain in the candidate pool for up to 3 years. If you are interested in nominating this individual or organization again, please email gwims@aamc.org to update your nomination packet.

The GWIMS steering committee's primary functions are to plan and participate in the GWIMS Annual Meeting program, to address the needs of GWIMS members in terms of projects and products related to its mission, and to recommend AAMC policy and program directions relative to women in medicine.

Women in Medicine Month

Each week in the month of September, GWIMS featured spotlights and leadership lessons from women in physician, scientist, educator, and leadership roles.

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