Faculty Affairs

Women in Academic Medicine


To create an inclusive and equitable environment for women faculty in
academic medicine.


Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) is dedicated to fostering mentorship, networking, career development, and institutional advancement for women faculty in the College of Medicine-Tucson.


  • Sponsor activities that support targeted skills needed for professional development.
  • Facilitate networking opportunities and connections across the College of Medicine.
  • Support recruitment and retention of diverse women faculty in the College of Medicine-Tucson

Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) is a grass-roots organization that emerged in the late 1990s as a forum for discussion of issues women face at the College of Medicine – Tucson. This group spearheaded the GRACE (Generating Respect for All in a Climate of academic Excellence) project. At present, the group meets for lunch and a presentation several times a year. It provides an opportunity to network with other faculty members, share interests related to academic medicine, and to learn about issues affecting women faculty. Notice of upcoming WAM meetings is sent through the AHSC listserv to all faculty.

Recorded Lectures

Gender and Cultural Influences in Negotiation  Feb 14, 2017


The GRACE Project
The GRACE Project (Generating Respect for All in a Climate of academic Excellence) was initiated in 2000 to complement the university-wide Millennium Project by providing an in-depth analysis of gender disparities in one college. The aims of the GRACE Project were to document gender disparities, test hypotheses for why they exist, and suggest ways to eliminate them. Areas for exploration included compensation, academic rank and track, levels of productivity, attainment of leadership positions, access to institutional resources and support, and perceptions of campus climate.

After showing gender-related differences in salaries, the project tested one intervention and documented its success in reducing the gender disparities.

The GRACE Project was recognized with a national award, the Progress in Equity award from the Legal Advocacy Fund of the American Association of University Women. The award came with a stipend of $8,000 which has been used to recognize the department heads and administrators who have made progress in improving the climate for women.

AAMC Programs for Women Faculty Development
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers career development workshops for women. The Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Course, primarily for assistant professors, usually occurs in July. The Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Course, for associate and full professors, usually takes place in December.

Information about each program is sent via the AHSC listserv a month or so before the application deadline. If you are interested in more information about these programs, we can connect you with a previous participant. 

AAMC also designates a Women’s Liaison Officer (WLO) at each School of Medicine, who is charged with communicating opportunities for women and with assisting in the development of programs to facilitate the success of women faculty. The current WLO for the UA College of Medicine is Anne Wright.

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women (ELAM)
ELAM's year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. Over 700 senior women leaders have participated in the program since its inception in 1995.