Early Career Scholarship

WIMS and Joy McCann Professorship Scholarship for AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
The seminar is an interactive program that's designed for women physicians and PhD scientists holding medical school appointments at the assistant professor level (tenure track is not required). The program goal is to enhance knowledge and skills needed to support progress along the path to leadership in academic medicine. The seminar's three and a half day program covers skills related to the formation and use of teams, central to effective collaborative in various mission-critical activities. Leadership topics are organized into workshop tracks that span communication skills, institutional finance and management issues.  Small-group sessions focus on mentoring participants in career building skills, narrative/CV development and strategic thinking about career development. For more information about the seminar, please visit the AAMC's website

Scholarship deadline: February 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.

See List of Previous KUMC Attendees.

WIMS and Joy McCann Professorship Support

  • Annually, two sponsorships will be available for this seminar and will be funded by WIMS and the Joy McCann Professorship. Recipients are selected by meeting the criteria established by the WIMS Recognition Committee and WIMS Executive Council.
  • Sponsorship will cover the seminar registration fee only to attend the AAMC Women Early Career Faculty Professional Development Seminar.
  • If a scholarship recipient is accepted to attend the seminar, the recipients and/or their departments will be responsible for covering all other travel expenses.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • KU School of Medicine women faculty members (basic science or clinical) at the level of assistant professor.
  • KU School of Nursing or KU School of Health Professions women faculty may also apply, but they must have a joint appointment in the KU School of Medicine to qualify since the seminar is sponsored by the AAMC (American Academy of Medical Colleges).
  • Scholarships are also available to all WIMS committee members and officers.
  • Applicants do not qualify for this scholarship as a member of the Dean's staff.

Scholarship Application Materials

  • Candidate CV
  • Candidate letter that includes:
    • Candidate's interest in attending the seminar.
    • Why the candidate feels she is deserving to attend.
    • Benefits that will be gained by the candidate, WIMS membership and the university through this experience.
  • Letter of recommendation from candidate's department chair or supervisor that includes:
    • Evidence of financial support for candidate's accommodations and travel expenses (from the candidate herself or her department, division or center).
    • Evidence that the candidate's supervisor will protect the candidate's time to attend the AAMC seminar in its entirety.
  • Submit all materials to wims@kumc.edu by February 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. All materials should be emailed as one PDF document. 

Note: We recommend that applicants use CVs that are in the University Promotion and Tenure format and that applications include all materials that you will be sending to AAMC for the WIMS Recognition Committee to review. WIMS and the Joy McCann Professorship cannot guarantee that all sponsored candidates will be chosen by AAMC to attend the seminar, but it is our goal to ensure that applicants have the best opportunity based on their qualifications and the quality of their applications.  

Scholarship Application Evaluation Criteria

  • General qualifications and previous professional accomplishments of candidate
  • Record of service at KUMC
  • Past and potential support of WIMS through service and participation in WIMS-sponsored events
  • Evidence of financial support for candidate's accommodations and travel expenses
  • Evidence that the candidate's supervisor will protect the candidate's time to attend the seminar in its entirety
  • Value of candidate's attendance to candidate herself, to WIMS and to the university
  • Evaluation of candidate's statement of interest

WIMS and Joy McCann Professorship Role and Expectation Upon Selection

  • WIMS Recognition Committee will work with the WIMS President to prepare the AAMC-required "Letter of Intent and Support" by the annual AAMC Application Deadline. AAMC applications are available starting in February.
  • Candidate will be responsible for the completion of their AAMC Application:
    • Converting their CV to AAMC desired format prior to the application deadline
    • Prior to starting the online application, contact us at wims@kumc.edu for instructions on the payment process
    • Apply online
  • After receiving notification of her attendance status from the AAMC, the candidate will need to notify wims@kumc.edu.
  • If accepted by the AAMC to attend the seminar and are sponsored by WIMS or the Joy McCann Professorship, candidates must attend the entire seminar and actively participate in preparatory assignments.
  • The WIMS Recognition Committee requests that the candidate do two things upon her return: 
    • Provide a one page summary (max) to the WIMS Recognition Committee and the Joy McCann Professor of what you learned and how you plan to apply it. 
    • Participate in a noon-time panel presentation with other WIMS and Joy McCann Professorship sponsored participants on the value gained by attending the AAMC seminar. The purpose of the panel is to help women colleagues determine if the seminar is something they wish to pursue in the future.  

Last modified: Jan 12, 2017
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