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.

WIMS Events

2019-2020 Academic Year


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

WIMS invites you to attend a virtual discussion on how the pandemic and stay-at-home order has impacted women and learners in medicine and science. A panel of speakers will share their experiences, and participants are invited to discuss relevant issues for them during this time. Through this conversation, faculty and students seek to better understand each others' experiences and to discuss ways to support each other during this challenging time. Feel free to eat your lunch during this chat. Click the Teams link to join when the meeting starts. All are welcome.

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