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 seminar provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the academic medicine enterprise as well as continue on the path to leadership.

This three and a half-day seminar is designed for women physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments at the instructor or assistant professor level, and in the early stages of leadership positions within their discipline, department or institution. The seminar will present a foundation for modeling leadership behavior, assist in creating individual leadership goals, and provide an opportunity to receive mentorship on career-building skills, such as a personal statement and CV development. Throughout the seminar, participants will gain insights into the realities of building a career in academic medicine and science and will explore various paths to leadership within the academic health enterprise.

Throughout the seminar, areas of focus include: expanding self-awareness and leadership styles, improving communication and developing strategies for leading effective teams, navigating gender dynamics in the workplace, improving financial acumen and strategic planning, 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 new skills and strategies can be applied upon the return to their institution. Additionally, there is an emphasis on establishing personal organizational skills and wellness 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 particular 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 instructor or assistant professor level, with at least 1-2 years in academic medicine, but generally less than six years.

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

The application process for the summer 2020 program will begin in mid-February 2020.

The 2019 application fee was $1,950 and includes payment for the 3.5-day seminar, seminar materials, four breakfasts, three lunches, refreshment breaks, one dinner, and one networking reception. The application fee does not include the optional CME fee, travel, or hotel accommodations.

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

• Integrate new leadership competencies and skills

• Gain insights into overcoming challenges of building a career in academic  medicine and science

• Expand their network of colleagues

• Identify skill areas in need of further development

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 7-10, 2019
The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans
New Orleans,LA

The  online application period is now open and will close on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (11:59pm Eastern Time). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Acceptance notifications will be sent via e-mail no later than Thursday, October 3, 2019

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.

Contact Debra Hollins at [email protected] regarding the application process.
Contact Christina DeLucia at [email protected] about the seminar content.
Contact Amy Beers at [email protected] for seminar logistics, travel and accommodations inquiries.