Established in 1992, the WISDM faculty organization seeks to further the professional goals of women physicians, scientists and dentists at the VCU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. As a sponsor of forums for open communication, the organization facilitates networking, mentoring and collaboration among women faculty, housestaff and medical, dental and graduate students.
- Annual WISDM Leadership Conference
- Annual Professional Achievement Award
- AAMC Professional Development Seminars—matching funding provided by the Dean’s Office
- Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women (ELAM)—funding provided by the Dean’s Office
- Professional development seminars and lectures
- Promotion and tenure
- Lessons in leadership
- Mentoring students [PDF], housestaff, faculty
- Executive Council prioritizes goals, plans and directs activities
Faculty Development is an important goal for all faculty—and especially for women, who are under-represented at the highest levels of leadership in academic medicine. By integrating Women in Medicine as part of the faculty development, the School of Medicine is able to facilitate, guide and conduct a variety of faculty development activities and programs. A multifaceted approach provides opportunities to include special focus on concerns and circumstances of women at VCU School of Medicine.
All women faculty (clinical, basic science, administrative, full-time, part-time, any rank), students, housestaff, fellows and post-docs in the VCU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are considered members of WISDM and invited and encouraged to participate in any and all events and meetings. Our male colleagues are welcome to participate in our professional development programs as well. Any faculty member, student, housestaff, fellow, post-doc, retired faculty, alumni or interested colleague who pays an annual contribution to sustain and support our various programs is a sustaining member. These names will be listed in the WISDM newsletter and/or web site. Sustaining members may be recognized in other venues. Funds are used to support professional development activities of the VCU WISDM program. Sustaining membership fees ($30/year) are requested and collected each academic year, July 1 – June 30. Checks should be made out to WISDM and sent to:
Dr. Kimberly Sanford, Treasurer
Assistant Professor of Pathology
P.O. Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
To become a sustaining member, download, complete and submit the Membership Form [PDF].