On Sunday our Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) program hosted the annual Fall Welcome Reception for new faculty. WIMHS Co-director, Lydia Howell, welcomed a large group of new and returning female faculty members and highlighted recent and upcoming WIMHS activities. We were also joined by Drs. Thomas Nesbitt, Heather Young, David Acosta and James Goodnight demonstrating a strong commitment of UCDMC leadership to supporting women’s careers in academic medicine. Check out the pictures from the event below!

 “The Fall Welcome reception is a wonderful opportunity for women faculty in our Schools of Medicine and Nursing to come together to welcome new women to our schools,  network, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, and meet and greet each other in an informal and relaxed setting. It is one of our best attended events and a great way to kick off for the year!” -  WIMHS Co-Director Amparo Villablanca

To further strengthen WIMHS connections we have spent the past year developing two avenues of social media that allow us to reach out to faculty members who may not be able to attend WIMHS events in person.

FACEBOOK:  Lydia Howell does an amazing job of providing up to date access to interesting articles related to women’s careers in health science and highlighting the accomplishments of our female faculty.  Our Facebook page reaches hundreds of individuals each week, and many of the posting go “viral”. If you are not already on Facebook, it is worth joining just to see what Lydia posts next! Check out her post today on our new vice chancellor/dean Dr. Julie Freischlag…

BLOG: This post marks the one year anniversary of our WIMHS blog.  Although relatively new, our WIMHS blog also receives several hundred hits with each post.  We appreciate your interest and encourage you to continue reading along with us and post comments as well! If you would like to participate as a guest blogger of have a suggested topic, please email WIMHS Faculty Mentee, Melissa Bauman mdbauman@ucdavis.edu

UPCOMING EVENTS:  WIMHS will be offering several events this fall, so mark your calendars!

October 21, 2013 - Fall WIMHS/AMWA Reception  Come meet our women medical students and support them as they start their careers in medicine! 4:00 – 6:00 pm  MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th Street,  Sacramento, CA  95817. Register Online.

November 1, 2013 – Book Club  WIMHS, Office of Student and Resident Diversity, and BettyIreneMooreSchool of Nursing Book Club Event   - “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”  12:00 – 1:00 pm (bring your own lunch),  Education Building Room 1204, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA. No registration required.

December 2013 - Balancing Motherhood and Career.  Date and Time TBA

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events.  Enjoy the pictures from some of the lovely ladies at our WIMHS Fall Welcome!

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