AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Go to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

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Learning Opportunities

 

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

In August 2009, the AAMC's Board of Directors approved the creation of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). This action established the longstanding Women in Medicine program as a formal AAMC professional development group, congruent with other AAMC groups.

The mission of the GWIMS is to advance the full and successful participation of women in all roles within academic medicine, and to provide a venue for women to participate in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health. The GWIMS aims to serve as a national forum to advance women's success in medicine and science by addressing: gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition and career advancement. Go to the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) site

The GWIMS Steering Committee announces the launch of the GWIMS Task Forces.


Comprised of members of the GWIMS community, the GWIMS Task Forces will organize to create resources and products around issues specifically identified by the GWIMS Steering Committee. The three issue areas and products that will be addressed by the task forces include:

  • Equity: Best Practices in the Search/Promotion Process Toolkit
  • Transitions: First Job Resource
  • Transitions: Caretaking in Academic Medicine  

To find out more about each of the task forces, please visit the GWIMS website here.

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)
Learning Opportunities

Early Career Women Faculty Leadership
Development Seminar

This popular and highly interactive three-day seminar provides women at the assistant professor level with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the academic medicine enterprise and continue along the path to leadership.

The program is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments and in the early stages of leadership positions within their discipline, department, or institution. The seminar will present a foundation for modeling leadership behavior, and participants will learn skills and strategies to assist them with creating individual leadership goals. Participants will gain insights into the realities of building a career in academic medicine and science, grow their professional network, and explore various paths to leadership.

Areas of focus include: expanding self-awareness and personal leadership styles, improving communication, navigating gender dynamics in the workplace, increasing financial acumen and strategic planning, negotiation strategies, and more. The seminar also focuses on expanding a network of colleagues with the facilitation of peer discussion, large- and small-group sessions, and the opportunity to reflect on how these new skills and strategies can be applied upon the return to their institution. Additionally, there is an emphasis on establishing personal leadership skills and practices to serve as a foundation for success as women advance to higher faculty ranks and leadership positions.

Seminar faculty from schools throughout the United States and Canada have been chosen for their specialized knowledge in specific areas and demonstrated leadership capabilities. They offer valuable information, inspiring stories, and practical advice to support career advancement.

Who Should Attend?
The Early Career Seminar for Women Faculty is designed for women at the assistant professor level, with a minimum of two years’ experience (at the time of the seminar) but generally not more than eight years in their faculty appointment at a U.S. or Canadian medical school, an AAMC member institution. Instructors will be considered based upon experience.

Upcoming Course
2020 Early Career Women Professional Development Seminar
July 11-14, 2020
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

The application phase is now closed.

For more information, a preliminary agenda, and to apply, please visit the website

The 2020 application fee is $1,950 and includes payment of the seminar, seminar materials, three breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks, one dinner, and one networking reception. The application fee does not include the optional CME fee, travel, or hotel accommodations. This fee is subject to a slight increase in 2021.

Program Objectives:

At the completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors that include effective communication, expanding self-awareness, increasing financial acumen, and other leadership topics necessary for skill development and career advancement
  • Gain insights into overcoming challenges and developing strategies for navigating gender dynamics in the workplace  
  • Create individualized leadership goals that align with their long-term career vision and short-term goals for promotion
  • Expand their network of colleagues within academic medicine and science

Questions? Email [email protected]

Mid Career Women Faculty Leadership
Development Seminar

The Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar is a three-and-a-half-day seminar designed for women holding medical school appointments at the associate professor level, and holding leadership positions within their discipline, department, or institution. Generally, this seminar is designed for women faculty who have been in academic medicine/science between 8-15 years, ideally with at least 1-2 years elapsed since their appointment in this rank. Applicants should have a significant amount of experience in academic medicine and demonstrated leadership ability, either in formal administrative or other leadership roles. *Assistant professors and full professors may be considered based on experience.

The goal of the seminar is to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to support progress along the path to leadership in academic medicine and science. The seminar covers organizational leadership topics and skills specifically relevant for mid-career faculty such as sponsorship, negotiation, funding the academic mission, resilience and well-being, and communication and influence, which are central to effective collaboration and leadership in various mission-critical activities. Participants will benefit from a combination of general sessions and small group self-selected breakout sessions, providing the ability to tailor the seminar to their specific learning needs and interests.

Upcoming Seminar
December 2-5, 2020
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Scottsdale, AZ

The application for the winter 2020 program will begin in early August 2020.

The 2019 application fee was $2,300 and included payment for the 3.5 day seminar, seminar materials, four breakfasts, three lunches, refreshment breaks, one dinner, and a networking reception. The application fee did not include the optional CME fee, travel, or hotel accommodations The fee is subject to a slight increase in 2020.

 

Program Objectives
At the completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

• Visualize potential paths to leadership, and develop career plans to advance toward that vision.

• Identify networks of mentors and colleagues in academic medicine and science.

• Acquire tools and skills necessary for leading teams toward improved organizational and individual performance.

Questions?
Email: [email protected]