Welcome to Student Organizations
With support from faculty and the Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Faculty Organization (WISDM), both medical and graduate students have developed organizations:
- Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO) supporting career development of medical students, and
- Women in Science (WIS), serving graduate students and other trainees involved in scientific research.
The goals are to promote the advancement of women in medical and science education, to help address obstacles facing women in professional careers, and to promote leadership skills, visibility and academic policies required for success. Each group has by-laws, officers, and specific goals and objectives. They conduct educational programs, provide support and networking, provide community outreach and philanthropic activities, and work with advisors from WISDM.
Based on the various programs and activities of these two groups, we have found that student organizations in medical schools facilitate communication and networking among their members and provide needed support of women students and trainees. Active faculty leadership for such groups promotes mentorship and positive role modeling. These groups can help achieve increased representation, participation and leadership of women in medical and scientific disciplines.