UC Davis Health Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) is an alliance with Women in Medicine and Science (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 our WIMHS blog »

Strategic Priorities

The priority areas of the Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Strategic Plan include:

  • Recruitment: To become a AAMC leader in the recruitment (and retention) of women faculty, especially for those at the ranks of Associate and Full Professor.
  • Retention: To identify vulnerable groups of women for departure, increase access to mentors and provide guidance on the advancement process.
  • Culture and Environment: To enhance and improve the current culture and promote women’s careers in medicine and health sciences.
  • Leadership: To develop navigation roadmaps to leadership excellence for women.
  • Scholarship: To provide advocacy and seek opportunities for scholarly contributions and other collaborative work.

Please see the Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Strategic Plan (PDF) for full details.

Advocating for Leadership

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

AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

AAMC Early Career Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) 

UC Davis Leadership Development Program Participants

WIMHS Director Profiled on NIH-ORWH Website

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


Annual Fall Welcome and Recognition Reception - Fall 2017

Our annual WIMHS Fall Welcome and Recognition Reception is a time to welcome new faculty members to UC Davis Health and to celebrate promotions and accomplishments of current faculty.

A special thank you to Dr. Kiran Jain for hosting the event at her beautiful home!

WIMHS featured in Week 1 of GWIMS Celebrating Women in Medicine Month

 "Evaluating a Medical School's Climate for Women's Success: Outcomes for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion", (PDF) Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 26, No. 5 / 2017

Recipient of 2016 Dean's Team Award for Inclusion Excellence

Women’s Careers in Biomedical Sciences (Research)
This team’s work has developed best practices, contributed to a doubling of the % of women faculty in the health sciences, and positioned our Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) program as an American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) national leader. This research team successfully obtained one of only 14 National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants on women’s careers in biomedical sciences, and one of only four grants from the ACE/Sloan Foundation. In the past six years they published eight original research manuscripts (plus two more submitted papers) in high visibility journals, including an ‘innovation’ description of WIMHS. 

On the health sciences campus the team has worked with multiple groups and units including the Council of Chairs, the Council of Managers, Departments, Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), and the UC Davis Schools of Health Mentoring Academy. They have engaged CBS and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in research, as non-health science and health science comparator schools, respectively, and UC Davis ADVANCE and Center for Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) programs. They serve as mentors/role models for undergraduate/graduate students and faculty including an 18-month WIMHS mentoring opportunity.

WIMHS Professor Pin Event 2016

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences honored and recognized all female full professors of UC Davis schools of health with a special reception and panel discussion on June 13, 2016. Each woman professor received a custom lapel pin with the number corresponding to the order in which they became full professors engraved on the pin.
 - Women Professor Pin Program (PDF)

Women Full ProfessorsWomen Full Professor Pin
Women Full Professors at Full Professor Pin Event

The University of California, Davis, came in at No. 1 on Forbes list of colleges for women in STEM, with 56 percent female enrollment and 29 percent of the student body specializing in STEM, beating out Cornell and Johns Hopkins.

UC Davis listed as one of the Top Universities for Women Faculty as reported by Statnews.com

The Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Program: An Innovative Initiative to Support Female Faculty at the University of California Davis School of Medicine (PDF), Academic Medicine, Vol. 89, No. 11 / November 2014

Women in Medicine and Health Sciences 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.

Book Cover