Who are we? The UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) was started 10 years ago and is co-directed by Drs. Amparo Villablanca and Lydia Howell, our School’s representatives to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). WIMHS partners with the medical student group with a similar mission, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and our School’s Office of Diversity, Faculty Development, and Academic Affairs. Dr. Melissa Bauman is the 2012-2013 faculty mentee for the WIMHS Mentored Leadership position. We each bring diverse training, perspectives and life experiences to the discussion and encourage you to contact us directly if you have suggestions for topics you would like to see covered.

What’s new? All too often our days are filled with meetings, clinic duties, grant writing etc., leaving little time to interact with our colleagues. One of the goals of this blog is to strengthen the community of female faculty members by highlighting WIMHS events and providing a venue for open discussion of topics related to women’s careers in academic medicine. To kick off each year, we host a Fall Welcome event for new women faculty with other members of the WIMHS community and the school of medicine leadership. We met last night at Il Fornaio in Sacramento to welcome new faculty members (some had not even had their first official day at UC Davis!) and catch up with colleagues from other departments. WIMHS Co-Director, Lydia Howell, highlighted upcoming WIMHS events and our outreach efforts including an active Facebook page (see sidebar links). Dean Pomeroy reflected on the changes she has seen during her time at the UC Davis Health System, and encouraged the participants (and anyone reading the blog!) to provide feedback on the role WIMHS can play in supporting women’s careers here at UCD.

“WIMHS provides our female faculty and everyone else an opportunity to surface ideas and make the faculty experience better for all.” – Dean Pomeroy

If you were there, tell us: Did you meet someone that you didn’t know? What impressed you most about the other women there? What interesting topics did you discuss? And anything else you’d like to share! We were impressed by the talent of the women that attended and the camaraderie. What an awesome group!  Post your comments at the bottom of the page…