The Women in Medicine and Science Fund And the Lucile Hutaff Education Society for Women in Medicine and Science

This is a critical time for education programs supporting women in medicine and science across the United States, and our Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) program at the Wake Forest School of Medicine is no exception. 

The Women in Medicine and Science Fund has been established to develop programming aimed at empowering women in medicine and science. 

WIMS recently underwent changes in its organizational structure. Formerly known as the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS), the fundamental missions of WIMS have been incorporated into our Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) as a significant initiative. 

As previously, there is still a concerted effort to expand upon the leadership and management opportunities among female faculty. Recent changes have provided opportunities for new leadership positions on the WIMS Standing Committee. Cynthia Emory, MD, MBA, serves as Chair, and is also now part of the Dean’s Office team within the OFA, which provides strategic over site into discussion about WIMS initiatives and Programs. Additional leadership positions on the WIMS Standing Committee will include a Chair-Elect and an Immediate Past Chair to ensure organizational memory within the Committee. The refinement of the subcommittees within the Standing Committee has offered opportunities for our faculty to be involved in developing and implementing initiatives to address Career Development, Work-Life Integration, and Research & Education. Our female faculty members have also been invited to consider positions on the Career Development for Women Leaders’ (CDWL) Advisory Board as well as serving as representatives on the cross-campus, Wake Forest Women’s Forum.

Through the sustaining power of resources like The WIMS Fund, donors make a dramatic difference in our ability to fulfill our mission. Contributions enable our female faculty and future leaders the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our vision is to build on the success of our long-standing, high-quality, early and mid-career development programs by creating new and exciting WIMS programs that are helpful to women throughout their careers, not just at Wake Forest but throughout the region.

The WIMS Fund is governed by the Executive Committee of the WIMS Standing Committee.

Through The WIMS Fund, donors who commit to a minimum pledge of $500 per year for three years are recognized as members of the Lucile Hutaff Education Society for Women in Medicine and Science. The Society is named after Lucile Hutaff, MD, who bravely paved the way for female leaders in medicine and science. Dr. Hutaff was the first woman to hold the rank of professor at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. 

If you are interested in supporting Women in Medicine and Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine, please visit our donation page to pledge your support, at or contact philanthropy@wakehealth.edu or 336-716-4589.