The CU AMSA Women in Medicine Committee meets Wednesdays 9:00PM-10:00PM in Hamilton 407 for Fall 2012.
As the Women in Medicine Committee of the Columbia University AMSA chapter, it is our mission to foster premedical student unity, to support both aspiring and practicing female physicians, and to promote awareness of women’s health issues. It is our goal to address relevant topics in healthcare through discussion, fundraising, and community activism. We hope to encourage lasting relationships between physician and premedical student by providing opportunities for meaningful exchange.
The WiM committee has hosted many successful panel events in the past. These provide a forum for students to ask established physicians any questions they may have and offers the opportunity to learn from the experiences of physicians. The WiM committee has also developed a mentoring program in which interested students may apply and be matched with a female physician at the Columbia University Medical Center. Once paired with a doctor whose specialty matches the interest of the student, the student has the opportunity to shadow the physician for a week and learn about her area of expertise.
This year, we are focusing on the shadowing aspect of WiM. By formalizing the application process and establishing stronger connections with interested physicians, we hope to expand and develop the program into a lasting bridge between female undergraduates and physicians. Due to the success of the past panels, there are more planned for the 2011 year. Additionally, WiM is looking forward to more volunteering opportunities in the upcoming year.