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Women in Medicine and Health Science

Women in Medicine and Health Science

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UC Davis School of Medicine Women in
Medicine and Health Science (WIMHS)

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

Please visit the UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Science (WIMHS) blog >>

Mission

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

Purpose

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

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.

Events

September 28, 2014

Faculty Welcome Reception
Time:
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Location:  Il Fornaio Restaurant
Wells Fargo Building, 400 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

November 11, 2014

Closet Cleanse! Professional Clothing Drive and Networking Event
Time: 
5:00 - 9:00 pm 
Location:  Blue Cue
1004 28th Street
Sacramento, CA  95816

January 22, 2015

Leaning In and Moving Up - Special Guest Lecture
Debra G.B. Leonard, MD, PhD of
University of Vermont Medical Center
Time:
 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB), Room 2030
4800 2nd Avenue
Sacramento, CA  95817

February 25, 2015

"How Men Can Excel as Mentors of Women" - Special Guest Lecture
Janet Bickel, MA
Leadership and Career Development Coach
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Medical Education, School of Health Sciences
George Washington University
Time: 
12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Center For Health and Technology Building, Room 1341
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA  95817

June 11, 2015

"Career Flexibility/WorkLife Balance" - Special Guest Lecture
by Joan C. Williams, JD, Distinguished Professor of Law, 
Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law
University of California, Hastings College of Law
Time: 
12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Center For Health and Technology Building, Room 1341
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA  95817
Register Online 

Recognition

 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:

AAMC Early Career Women's Professional Development Seminar (July)

AAMC Mid Career Women's Professional Development Seminar (December)

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine

 
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. 

 

Call for Applications: Women in Medicine and Health Science Mentee

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Women in Medicine and Health Science (WIMHS) is now accepting applications for a mentored leadership development opportunity for 2015-16.

The WIMHS Mentored Leadership Development opportunity is an innovative WIMHS development program designed to promote excellence in women’s careers in biomedical sciences along with developing women leaders and scholars in the UC Davis schools of health. This 18-month program  (July 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2016) uses a hybrid approach, including direct mentoring, on-line activities, and mentee-driven activities. Scholars will be provided up to 15% salary support and must commit 15% time (6 hours per week) and work on a dedicated project. Administrative approval for release time from the faculty member's academic leader is also required.

Health professions faculty (Medicine, Nursing) in all series and at early- or mid-career levels are encouraged to apply.

Interested faculty should submit their application and CV or Biosketch to Karen Lehman at ktlehman@ucdavis.edu by May 1, 2015.