The mission of Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) is to develop, promote and support a nurturing environment for women to enhance recruitment, retention, professional development, and promotion of women faculty, residents, fellows, and students. We also work to increase understanding of gender–focused medicine and women’s health. Our vision is an equitable workplace sensitive to the needs of women and families.

What We Do

WIMS has launched several initiatives to carry out its mission, some of which are:

  • A mentoring program for early-career women faculty
  • Early and mid-career professional development programs
  • Departmental liaisons to facilitate communication between WIMS and faculty
  • Implementation of a work-life balance faculty and staff survey
  • Facilitation of access to resources for nursing mothers
  • Review of care-giver leave policies here and at institutions like ours
  • An annual day-long symposium on women’s health research
  • Shadowing and internship programs for students

The WIMS Fund

This is a critical time for education programs supporting women in medicine and science across the US. This Fund has been established to help us develop programming aimed at empowering women. If you are interested in learning more about the fund visit the Women in Medicine and Science Fund


Early Career Development Program for Women Call for Applications Open

Early Career women faculty (Instructor and Assistant Professor) are invited to apply for the 2021 program, which begins in January and will be held virtually. Please visit the WIMS Career Development page (and scroll down) to learn more.

Development of an Innovative Career Development Program for Early-Career Women Faculty (PDF)

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science developed the Early Career Development Program for Women, one of our signature programs, to promote the careers of women faculty.

School of Medicine Receives National Women's Leadership Award

This national award recognizes the School of Medicine's commitment to supporting and advocating for the professional advancement of women in medicine and science.