The KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) program was organized within the School of Medicine in 1999 to provide all women with the tools and the opportunity to succeed in academic medicine.  In 2010, the organization formally expanded to include all our colleagues in the School of Nursing and School of Health Professions.

The Mission of the KU Women in Medicine & Science:

  1. to be proactive and constructive in establishing and advancing the careers of women in medicine and science;
  2. to educate women on relevant KU Policies and Procedures for career development and advancement;
  3. to enhance and foster the professional development of all women faculty and trainees in the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions through encouragement and mentoring, and to encourage growth, networking and quality within our KUMC community (local and national);
  4. to promote the process of developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and cultivating new opportunities for collaboration through a supportive exchange of ideas and resources.

There are opportunities for research collaborations between the basic scientists and the clinical faculty or even across the faculty membership in the School of Nursing and School of Health Professions that can often be sparked by participation in shared programs. Program content is intentionally flexible, geared to meet the changing needs of women in medicine, science, nursing and health professions and includes information on women's health issues as well as career. Life management and leadership issues are a major focus.

WIMS is fortunate to have strong support from executive leaders on campus. Our success and effectiveness are significantly higher as the result of so many who believe in our mission. To all them, we offer our sincere thank you.

The Women in Medicine and Science organization maintains an affiliation with the American Association of Medical College's (AAMC) GWIMS and the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM).

Last modified: Aug 23, 2014