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Women and Medicine Commission

Career Advising Program (CAP)

The Women & Medicine Commission’s Career Advising Program (CAP) is a longitudinal sponsorship initiative to help junior and mid-career women faculty successfully navigate academic advancement opportunities by connecting these members with senior “Career Sponsors” throughout SGIM (i.e., Associate or Full Professors). Sponsoring activities focus on CV preparation, targeted committee membership, and strategies for relationship-building for career advancement. 

Click HERE for More Information on CAP

The Women and Medicine Commission’s (WAMC) purpose is to demonstrate the value of women’s health, and Sex- and Gender-based medicine (WH/SGBM), and the careers of women in academic medicine, as a pathway for general internists to improve health.

The Women and Medicine Commission Mission is to:

  1. Promote Sex- and Gender-based women’s health as a generalist issue
  2.  Facilitate communication among SGIM’s interest groups, committees, and commissions related to women and gender-based health
  3. Advance gender equity among faculty through programming and career development support
  4.  Represent SGIM’s commitment to Sex- and Gender-based women’s health research and education, women’s access to equitable clinical care, and gender equity in the workplace, within and outside of SGIM.

Programmatic Content in Women's Health at Regional and Annual Meetings

Programmatic Content in WH/SGBM and Women’s Careers at Regional (RM) and Annual Meetings (AM) and throughout the year to promote education, research and clinical care in WH/SGBM:

  •  Distinguished Professor of Women and Medicine (DPWM) lecture abstract awards (AM)
  • Programming related to women’s career development, and WH/SGBM at RM and AM
  • Year-round collaborations to promote WH/ SGBM

The benefits include the engagement and development of educators, researchers and clinicians focused on WH/SGBM and Women’s Careers.

Click here to see the winner of the 2023 DPWM Awards
Click here to see a list of the past Distinguished Professors of Women and Medicine.

 WAMC Nighttime Parenting Cafe

Program development to support physicians who are caregivers at home: Continue parenting programming including
● Group mentoring calls and support groups
● Networks for parents at different stages of career
● Forum and JGIM article(s) to share best practices

SGIM can be the go-to for support for worklife balance, encouraging the talent that is the foundation of SGIM.

Click here for more information on the Nighttime Parenting Cafe


If you have questions regarding the work of the SGIM Women and Medicine Commission please contact Erika Baker, SGIM Staff Liaison, at or 202.887.5150. 

2023 Distinguished Professor of Women and Medicine
Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS, FACP

Megan McNamara, MD, MSc
Chair, Women & Medicine Commission
Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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Alia Chisty, MD
Co-Chair, Women & Medicine Commission
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
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Brita Roy, MD, MPH
SGIM Council Liaison
New York University Langone Hospital – Brooklyn
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Women and Medicine Commission Key Constituencies

Women's Caucus Interest Group
Physicians Against Violence Interest Group
Women's Health Education Interest Group
Obstetric Medicine Interest Group 

Interested in joining the Women and Medicine Commission?

Please visit the SGIM Volunteer Center for available volunteer opportunities.