UC Davis School of Medicine Women in
Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS)
UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) is an 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 Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The mission of UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Sciences 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
January 14, 2016
Pathology Grand Rounds with Dr. Kandice Kottke Marchant of the Cleveland Clinic
May 6, 2016
UC-Wide Health Sciences Leadership Development Conference
Networking and enhancing institutional climate for inclusion:
Each year we host a reception to welcome our new women faculty. This event is attended by other members of WIMHS and UC Davis Health System leadership. At this social networking event, each new woman faculty is introduced and is given an opportunity to meet other women faculty and health system leadership in a relaxed setting.
Recognizing women’s accomplishments:
WIMHS 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 health 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.
Honoring Founding Faculty:
Women in Medicine and Health Science honored 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.
Family Leave Resources
Employee Breastfeeding Support Program
Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Program Maternity Leave and Disability Payments
Postdoctoral Scholar Disability Leave and Pay - Frequently Asked Questions
Resident and Fellow Leave of Absence
The Underrepresentation of Women in Leadership Positions at U.S. Medical Schools
- Academic Medicine Analysis In Brief, Vol. 15, No. 2 / February 2015
The Women in Medicine and Health Science Program: An Innovative Initiative to Support Female Faculty at the University of California Davis School of Medicine
- Academic Medicine, Vol. 89, No. 11 / November 2014
How Men Can Excel as Mentors of Women
- Academic Medicine, Vol. 89, No. 8 / August 2014
Difficult Issues in Mentoring: Recommendations on Making the “Undiscussable” Discussable
- Academic Medicine, Vol. 86, No. 10 / October 2011