About the Department of Pediatrics
Although each faculty member joins the UTHSCSA and the Department under unique circumstances, job description and personal considerations, all faculty members share one goal in common - to find a comfortable balance between work and home life. Whether a man or a woman, single or in a committed relationship, with children or other dependents or with neither of these, all faculty would like to succeed in achieving their own dynamic equilibrium between the demands of career and of life in general. Of course, many factors combine to make achieving this balance a greater challenge for some than for others. Tradition changes very slowly, but colleagues, supervisors and all of academic medicine are becoming increasingly sensitive to this important goal (albeit still slowly) and even helping faculty with this challenge, such as through this Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Program.
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Creative Strategies in Physician Leadership
UTHSCSA Women's Faculty Association (WFA): This organization, whose membership includes women faculty from all five UTHSCSA campus schools, was begun in 1982 and continues activities consistent with its founding goal to support and promote the professional development of female faculty. Contact Janet F. Williams, M.D., or Alice Gong, M.D. in the Department of Pediatrics for further information.
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NATIONAL (women and minority resources)
American Medical Women's Association
Online CME courses "How to Negotiate-A Guide for Women in Medicine" and a Woman-to-Woman Mentoring Program.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
The AAMC was founded in 1876 to reform medical education and continues with the purpose of improving the nation's health through the advancement of medical schools and teaching hospitals. A number of professional development groups are supported, including the Women In Medicine group which was organized to assist dean's offices and individual faculty in addressing gender-related inequities and to improve pathways for women to contribute as fully as do men to academic medicine. Faculty development conferences are sponsored on a regular basis for minority faculty, junior level faculty women, and mid-career faculty women.
AAMC Women in Medicine
Select Career Resources from the UTHSCSA Women's Faculty Association web site:
American Academy of Pediatrics/Women in Pediatrics/Committee on Pediatric Workforce
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