Mission

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.

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 in the KU School of Medicine 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.

LEAN IN leaaders group photo

Members of the May 7, 2013, WIMS Panel Discussion on
"Leaning-In: A KUMC Leadership of Women, Work and the Will to Lead"
L-R: Julie Wei, MD, FAAP, 2009-2012 WIMS President, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Doug Girod, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Interim Executive Dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Paige Geiger, PhD, 2012-13 WIMS President, Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Susan Pingleton, MD, 2010-13 Joy McCann Professor for Medicine and Science and Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education, Lee Norman, MD, MHS, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, The University of Kansas Hospital, Belinda Vail, MD, 2013-14 WIMS President, Professor; Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Family Medicine, Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs KUMC; Dean and Professor of the University of Kansas School of Nursing and Dean of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions.

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: Jul 11, 2013
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