Women in Medicine and Science

WMed celebrates the contributions of women in medicine and science, and we strive to continuously promote the inclusion of women in academic medicine and science. WMed boasts two organizations to promote the development of women in medicine and science: the group for Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

The Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) group at WMed is modeled after the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). WIMS is focused on promoting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in medicine and science. To accomplish this, WIMS sponsors professional development events that promote mentorship, networking, and career advancement among the female faculty, residents, and medical students at WMed. In addition, WIMS engages in community outreach to foster a love of math, science, and medicine in young girls in the Kalamazoo area. 

WIMS meets several times throughout the year and new members are welcome at all events. For more information on WIMS events, or to become a member of the WIMS Steering Committee, please contact Drs. Kirsten Porter-Stransky or Melinda Abernethy. If you would like to be added to the WIMS email list, please contact faculty.affairs@med.wmich.edu.

WIMS Events

  • Upcoming Events

    WIMS: A Day in the Life
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 5:30-7:00 PM
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    WIMS invites you to hear from a panel of women physicians and medical scientists discuss what an average working day is like for them. All are welcome.

    Event Learning Objectives:

    1. List a variety of career paths for physicians and discuss what a typical day in that career is like.
    2. Discuss professional and personal challenges for female physicians and scientists.
    3. Discuss the importance of mentorship for a successful career.


    WIMS Lunch and Learn
    Friday, October 23, 2020, Noon-1:00 PM
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    Virtual CME Event on Human Trafficking
    Friday, October 23, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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    Via Microsoft Teams | Join the Meeting
    Call in option: 810.275.0058, Conference ID: 488 458 130#

    The event will feature plenary speaker, Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan, chair of the AMWA National Coalition of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans" followed by a panel discussion with Jessica Glynn, Esq., a human rights attorney and senior director of Law and Policy at YWCA of Kalamazoo, and Stephanie Kreiger, a public health communications specialist, criminal justice trainer and vice president of the Board and Public Relations & Outreach at Sacred Beginnings, a transitional home for trafficked women.

    WIMS Lunch and Learn
    Friday, December 4, 2020, Noon-1:00 PM
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  • Past Events

    WIMS A Day in the Life: Covid-19
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
    Via Microsoft Teams

    WIMS Lunch an Learn
    Wednesday, December 13, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, TBL 1

    WIMS A Day in the Life
    Monday, October 7, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    WIMS Lunch and Learn
    Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111