“I am extremely proud of AMWA and our extraordinary women leaders,” said AMWA President Mary Guinan, PhD, MD. “This recognition from AAMC of AMWA’s achievements to advance women in medicine reinvigorates our sense of purpose."
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), the leading organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine, today announced the organization has received the 2011 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
“I am extremely proud of AMWA and our extraordinary women leaders,” said AMWA President Mary Guinan, PhD, MD, founding dean of the School of Community Health Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “This recognition of AMWA’s achievements to advance women in medicine reinvigorates our sense of purpose to create an environment where women leaders will contribute equally to a healthier global society in the 21st century.”
“Since the first award in 1995, this prestigious award has recognized 17 individuals and 11 women-in-medicine programs,” noted J. Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, AAMC chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science, and Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “Your organization clearly has distinguished itself with its organizational commitment to advocating for the professional advancement of women in medicine and helping women in medicine realize their potential.”
For nearly 100 years, AMWA has dedicated its resources to ambitious research, data gathering, constituency building, policy reform, advocacy, and education for the advancement of women in medicine. As the first national organization of women physicians, AMWA has documented the unequal opportunities for women in postgraduate training, hospital internships, academic appointments, and career choices. Today, AMWA shows that women leaders can increase their effectiveness as lobbyists and advocates, mentors to the next generation of physicians, volunteer providers of health care around the world through the American Women’s Hospital Service (AWHS), and as leaders of myriad other activities.
Dr. Guinan will accept the award on AMWA’s behalf at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Denver, CO at the Women in Medicine and Science Luncheon on November 8. The award is accompanied by a certificate for free tuition which AMWA will award to a woman physician to attend either the AAMC Early Career or the Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.
The American Medical Women's Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, and health care professionals. As the only multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women's health, AMWA functions at the local, national, and international level and provides and develops leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. Today and in the future as women in medicine increase in numbers and attain leadership positions, AMWA evolves to address new challenges and issues. For more information, please visit http://www.amwa-doc.org.
The Association of American Medical Colleges serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all. The AAMC represents all 135 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 125,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 106,000 resident physicians. For more information, please visit http://www.aamc.org.