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Women and Medicine Task Force

The Women and Medicine Task Force (WAMTF) is the key SGIM member vehicle for promoting women's health and the academic careers of women in medicine.  Our mission is to facilitate communication among interest groups related to women's health, promote women's health as a generalist issue in both clinical practice and health policy, and support the career development of academic women physicians and of all physicians pursuing careers in women's health.  The WAMTF enables SGIM members to collaborate and network, promotes faculty development, provides educational opportunities, and works to improve women's health through clinical practice and policy. Key functions include coordinating the Distinguished Professor of Women's Health, the Women's Health abstract awards, and the Career Advising Program (CAP).

Distinguished Professors of Women and Medicine 

Each year during the SGIM annual meetings, the WAMTF has sponsored the Distinguished Professor of Women and Medicine (formerly Distinguished Professor in Women’s Health).  The Distinguished Professorship includes a plenary address from a national leader in women’s health and a moderated women’s health abstract session.  Presenters have spanned the breadth of women’s health with presentations promoting women’s health research, the practice of women’s health, women’s health education, advocacy, policy, and the careers of women in medicine.

Click here to see a list of the past Distinguished Professors of Women and Medicine.

Women and Medicine Task Force Awards Program

The Women and Medicine Task Force has created an annual awards program for outstanding workshops and oral abstracts submitted by trainees and junior faculty members, in order to acknowledge the best Women’s Health-based workshop and oral presentations at the annual meeting. 

Click here to see the winner of the 2017 award

Women and Medicine Task Force Career Advising Program

In 2012, the Women and Medicine Task Force  launched its Career Advising Program (CAP) to help female junior faculty successfully navigate the academic promotion process.   The Career Advising Program (CAP) is a 2-year longitudinal program with focused mentorship and sponsorship program around CV preparation, targeted committee membership, and building relationships with external letter writers.

Click here for more information about the CAP program.



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

Wendy L. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H.             Chair, Women & Medicine Task Force    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine                                                   Contact me 


Brita Roy, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S.            
Co-chair, Women & Medicine Task Force  
Yale School of Medicine                           Contact me 

April Fitzgerald
April Fitzgerald, M.D.  
Council Liaison, Women & Medicine Task Force 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Women and Medicine Task Force 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 Task Force?

Please visit the SGIM Volunteer Center for available volunteer opportunities.