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Office of Student and Resident Diversity

Office of Student and Resident Diversity

UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)

UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) is in alliance with WIMS in medical schools throughout the nation through its interactions with the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). We partner with the medical student group with a similar mission, American Women’s Medical Association (AMWA.)


The mission of the UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science is to ensure the full participation and success of women in all roles within academic medicine.


Promote policies, practices, and programs that advance women’s participation and success by:

  • Advocating for women’s advancement and leadership in education, research, clinical practice, and administration
  • Promoting sustainable strategies to enhance an institutional climate of inclusion, equity and opportunity
  • Collecting, analyzing, and applying data to inform institutional and individual decisions and actions
  • Developing and disseminating initiatives, resources, and mentoring and professional career development programs
  • Recognizing women’s accomplishments
  • Creating opportunities for networking,
  • Working with AAMC and other medical schools to advance women in medicine and science nationally



Networking and enhancing institutional climate for inclusion:

Each year we host a early welcome event for new women faculty with other members of WIMS and the school of medicine leadership. This is a social networking event where each new woman faculty is introduced and has an opportunity to meet other women and the school of medicine leadership in a relaxed setting.


Past mentoring and professional career development programs

  • September 29, 2010 - Lunchtime drop-in clinic for career advice.
  • Feb 22, 2009 - Career Advancement Workshop. Speaker: Gail Robinson.
  • Feb 7, 2008 - Salary Negotiations workshop. Speakers/facilitators: Jesse Joad, Ann Bonham, Linda Worley, Laurel Beckett, Lydia Howell, Klea Bertakis, Ellen Gold
  • Universal mentoring program for all assistant professors provides all women with a Career Mentor with assistance in finding other mentors (senior women, research) if desired.


Recognizing women’s accomplishments:

WIMS created a book: Under the Plane Tree, “Celebrating Our Founding Women in Medicine”. In this book, women who joined our faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine’s inception in 1969 until 1990, were featured and provided vignettes from their careers in academic medicine to inspire future women in medicine and science. The book was conceived to honor and recognize the Founding women of the school of medicine. A recognition event that included a generation of panelist discussed the status of women at UC Davis School of Medicine over the decades. This event included faculty, residents, and student supporters of WIMS/AMWA and the school of medicine leadership including the wife of the SOM Founding Dean.

Special Events

Honoring Founding Faculty:

Women in Medicine honor the founding female faculty members of the UC Davis School of Medicine at a special event on January 21, 2009. The book Under the Plane Tree — Celebrating Our Founding Women in Medicine (PDF) is a tribute to the school's pioneering women faculty.

Advocating for Leadership

Each year, our school selects and financial supports promising women faculty to attend national career development and leadership programs. Watch for e-mail announcements soliciting candidates who would like to considered for the following programs:


Working with the AAMC:
Our WIMS maintains an active presence at the national level, by participating in the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). Our GWIMS representatives are Lydia P. Howell, M.D. and Amparo Villablanca, M.D. 

Upcoming events

1/26/2012 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lecture: This Won't Hurt a Bit: Medicine,
Motherhood, Balance and Mentorship 
Michelle Au, M.D.
An attending physician of
anesthesiology at St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta,
and author of 'This Won't Hurt a Bit: My Education
in Medicine and Motherhood'

January 26, 2012   12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Education Bldg, LH 1222
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4:30 pm

Lecture: Advanced Time Management Skills
Susan Johnson, MD, University of Iowa
Back for a second lecture at UCD, Dr. Susan Johnson
will present advanced principles for organizing work and
managing time, and describe a system for implementation.

February 27, 4:30 pm
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12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lecture: Lecture with Hannah Valantine, M.D. 
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership & Professor
of Cardiovascular Medicine, Standford University. Dr. Valantine
will talk about her career and leadership experiences, and her
ground breaking research on work-life integration and career fit.

March 29, 2012   12:00 a.m.-1:00 pm
Location: 1204
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12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lecture: Lecture with Vivian Pinn, M.D. 
Dr. Pinn was the first African American woman
to chair an academic pathology department in the
United States and the first full-time Director of the
Office of Research on Women's Health. (ORWH) at NIH

Date: April 11, 2012    12:00 a.m.-1:00 pm
Location: 2222
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May or
June, 2012


Workshop: Dress for Success  

Upcoming events 2012-13



Fall Welcoming Reception
Date & Time:



Workshop: Speaking for Success
Julie Berkmeier-Kraemer, Ph.D. and
Susan Miller, Ph.D.