Each September, we celebrate the American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine month which recognizes the accomplishments of women physicians around the world. Here at UVA School of Medicine I am honored to work with many talented women physicians and practitioners who not only provide superlative care to their patients, but who are leaders, educators and scientists dedicated to the advancement of other women in the profession.
As a female physician in a male-dominated specialty and a woman in a leadership position, I am committed to fostering the development of women leaders in the School of Medicine. Leveraging diversity among our people serves to strengthen the medical profession by capitalizing on our differences as well as similarities. For me, diversity, equity and inclusion are central to my core beliefs and I take pride in using these values as guiding principles in my leadership of the School of Medicine.
There have been many women pioneers in healthcare leadership roles at UVA who have paved the way for future generations of women leaders at the School of Medicine. During Women in Medicine month, I encourage you to reflect on their tremendous impact on our school and community and participate in events that celebrate women in all healthcare roles. UVA Health’s Office of Diversity & Community Engagement curated a list of opportunities and events to honor women in healthcare during the month of September; read more on Connect. You may also visit the American Medical Association’s website for additional resources.