Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)

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Welcome!  UF COM supports WIMS in numerous ways.  WIMS is not a “group” that needs to be “joined”.   The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development supports a WIMS Advisory Board which plans programs and seminars, many of which are open to all COM faculty. 

The Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) of the University of Florida College of Medicine would like to add our united voice to the growing cries against racism in all its forms and in every place it finds a foothold in our world. We echo the message of our UF Health leadership in acknowledging the pain felt by the Black community. We accept the call-to-action by UF President Fuchs to use our sphere of influence to effect change. The words of the mayor of Atlanta describing the “layers of pain” felt by the Black community in her city resonate with our women faculty. As doctors, we recoil at the images of the brutal treatment of George Floyd recognizing his fear and suffering as he begged for the most basic of human needs. As academics, we cringe at the statistics reflecting our inability to successfully increase engagement of young Black scholars into medicine and science. The tragic downstream consequences of this failure are demonstrated, once again, by the race-related health disparities of the COVID-19 crisis.

We are women of science and medicine, brought together by our own struggles to emerge from decades of gender-based inequities that stifled our personal and professional growth. From this perspective, we commend the strong Black women who have spoken out to lead their constituencies through this crisis including Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, the Rev. Bernice King, and our own Gainesville resident Aeriel Lane who organized the “March for Our Freedom” rally this past weekend. Finally, as mothers, we recognize the added worry of raising Black children in America, enduring heightened fear every time our babies leave home. This added layer of concern is experienced by many families within our own UF community. Our hearts ache as we acknowledge their pain, strength, and devotion.

As a group, WIMS has worked to address implicit bias in our healthcare system, to engage and encourage at-risk high school students to consider careers in medicine and science, and to promote an equitable academic environment. While we are proud of this work, it is clearly not enough. We recommit to promoting diversity in all of our initiatives. As we embark on a new academic year, let’s think outside of our current scope to fulfill the vision of our UF Health leaders, and to rise to President Fuchs’ call-to-action. Let’s work together to have an impact locally and support national efforts to promote racial justice.

Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)
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