Fall 2016

Anyone else feeling the need to reach out and connect with female friends and colleagues in health sciences this fall? We are fortunate here to have a strong WIMHS program that supports our female faculty to ensure the full participation and success of women in all roles within academic medicine.  We strive to accomplish this by promoting policies, practices, and programs that advance women’s participation and success.  There’s much work that needs to be done and here are some recent examples and upcoming WIMHS events.  Please join us!

Recognizing WIMHS’s accomplishments – aamc_awardWe are happy to announce that the UC Davis WIMHS program was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Group on Women in Medical Sciences (GWIMS) Leadership Award by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)! Since 1995, AAMC and GWIMS Leadership Awards have been given to organizations that demonstrate a significant impact on the advancement of women’s roles in academic medicine and science.  UC Davis WIMHS was co-founded by Drs. Villablanca and Howell 16 years ago and since then, the percent of women faculty in our health system has doubled and the number of women department chairs has also doubled. More on this exiting announcement in the upcoming issue of UC Davis Medicine.

rosenthalDeveloping and disseminating career development programs – Earlier this month WIMHS hosted Dr. Susan L. Rosenthal who reflected on her experiences in a talk entitled “Swimming Upstream: Lessons Learned about Managing Career Challenge”.  Dr. Rosenthal is a Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University Medical Center and is the Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics.  Within her Vice Chair role, she has developed a process for annual faculty reviews, a leadership curriculum, and has presented and written on mentoring and faculty development in various forums.   If you’d like to learn more, here are some of Dr. Rosenthal’s recent publications on leadership and mentoring: Chairs and Their Faculty: Reducing “Top” Stress; Enhancing “Middle” Leadership, Do mentors know who they are mentoring?Difficult issues in mentoring: recommendations on making the “undiscussable” discussable.

img_0155Creating opportunities for recognizing our accomplishments and networking – In October WIMHS welcomed our new and newly promoted female faculty members at our annual Fall Welcome Reception.  This year we welcomed 47 new women faculty, highlighted the advancement of 2 female faculty promoted to full professors who were not yet recognized at our earlier full professor pin recognition receptions, and 15 women faculty promoted to associate professors. In addition, we recognized the 4 women faculty who have attained the prestigious rank of distinguished professor – congratulations to all!  These types of events provide our female faculty members with the opportunity to meet one another, network, explore collaborations and interact directly with leaders of the UCD Health System.  Check out the pictures below…

The WIMHS Fall Welcome was, as always, an exciting event!  We had amazing women along the entire continuum of academic careers, from the late training stages all the way to distinguished professors and deans!  The thing that so obviously emerged for me was how, regardless of career states, we have so much in common and so much shared experience!   It’s wonderful to take the time to come together as a group and meet the women making change all across our health system. – Colleen Clancy Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel

Upcoming Events – We also have an upcoming event geared especially for our early career faculty members in December.  Assistant professors, Drs. Crystal Ripplinger and Elizabeth Magnan, will share their experiences from the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.    A recent study by Chang and colleagues (JWH, July 2016) reports that participants in national career development programs are significantly less likely to leave academic medicine than their peers.  We encourage all faculty, and especially assistant professors, to join us for this event.

December 1, 2016 (noon-1pm CHT Building, LH 1341) – Learning to Lead:  Top 10 Tools and Tips from AAMC 2016 Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar Register Online


Learn more about how WIMHS can help support your career, share your ideas, find out about upcoming events, and let us know how WIMHS can best help you, please visit the WIMHS website at http://ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/wimhs/

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