Purpose of Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)
Promote policies, practices, and programs that advance women's participation and success by:
- Advocating for women's advancement and leadership in education, research, clinical practice, and administration;
- Identifying and addressing barriers to female professional advancement;
- Promoting sustainable strategies to enhance an institutional climate of inclusion, equity and opportunity;
- Monitoring the status of women in medicine and science at UTHSC in order to ensure equality of participation, professional advancement, and compensation;
- Developing and disseminating initiatives, resources, and mentoring and professional career development programs;
- Communicating widely the successes of women in medicine and science by recognizing women's accomplishments;
- Stimulating collaboration with external partners by creating opportunities for networking
Four Focus Areas
- Career Development Series, “Women Helping Women Succeed”
Summary: Women Helping Women Succeed (WHWS) workshops, seminars, symposia, panel discussions, and mentoring events are offered throughout the year. Topics vary quarter to quarter and year to year and teach participants essential skills for career development and job readiness. WHWS events and activities are resources for all UTHSC students, faculty, and staff but spotlight topics that are of special interest for women. WHWS is designed to help campus members succeed both at UTHSC and as they embark upon their career paths.
Goals: Specific goals are to establish a sense of leadership and job readiness among women at UTHSC, increase participants’ confidence in their career potential, increase participants’ employer desirability, and increase the number of women graduating from UTHSC.
- Mentorship Program
Summary: The WIMS Mentorship Program consists of “Brown Bag Lunches” (open to campus) once a month, “Careers Over Coffee” (WIMS members only), and various socials and mentoring events that allow students to interact with each other, postdoctoral fellows and residents, and faculty members.
Goals: Brown Bag Lunches are casual lunches held the first Tuesday of every month. These lunches are informal and aim to provide peer-mentoring opportunities. Careers Over Coffee are small group meetings that spotlight career fields that are of interest to WIMS members. These informal meetings aim to allow students to interact with specialists in their desired profession. Socials and mentoring events hosted by WIMS aim to provide networking opportunities for students and encourage faculty-student mentoring relationships.
- Local Outreach Programs
“Dress for Success” clothing drives
High school outreach activities
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
- Female recruitment for the College of Medicine, “Women’s Weekend”
Summary: Women’s Weekend is open to all female applicants to UTHSC College of Medicine. During this two day event, participants have the opportunity to learn more about unique opportunities offered at UTHSC for medical students. Participants also have the opportunity to meet current students and experience life in Memphis through various volunteer and social activities.
Goals: Specific goals are to establish a sense of peer support for women applying to UTHSC, recruit the best and brightest female applicants to the College of Medicine, and increase the number of women enrolled in the College of Medicine at UTHSC.